We’ve got great advice to help you survive the tough winter conditions ahead!
Cold weather, with its icy air and lack of moisture, can bring out the worst in your hair, skin, nails and body. Combined with heaters that dry out your skin and chilly winds that strip moisture from pores, it leaves you with rough and flaky skin, and hair that’s dry and lacklustre. Make sure you focus on all your problem areas during your daily routine and you’ll keep your body in check all through winter!
Your skin is a living organ that protects your body against germs, and cools you down, but in winter it can become irritated, inflamed and flaky. Scaly and itchy skin can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Be sure to protect it all through winter!
Keep everything covered up when you’re out in the cold – don’t head out without scarves, hats and socks!
Before taking a shower, buff dry skin away. Dry-brush your skin with a natural bristle brush to get rid of dead skin cells.
Opt for a bath instead of showering, to soften your skin. Use some bath salts, sprinkle in the bath, relax and enjoy – you’ll feel the results immediately! Try these lavender and rosemary bath salts or this moisturising rose bath milk.
Scented soap bars will dry out your skin – use a moisturising body wash instead. While that hot shower will drive away the biting cold, it will also strip the skin of moisture, leaving it itchy and dry. Keep the water at a temperature that’s not too high.
To stop the skin from becoming itchy, exfoliate regularly. It’ll trigger a natural repair process to help build collagen. Exfoliate scaly elbows, knees, legs, arms and back at least once a week.
After your shower, apply moisturiser all over your body within three minutes of stepping out – from top to toe. Swap your regular moisturiser for a thicker, more nourishing option. Apply moisturiser at least twice a day.
For dry bits that just won’t recover, try a body balm, which provides intense hydration for areas of very dry skin. It helps to restore the skin’s moisture barrier, and is perfect for knees and elbows. To relieve and protect dry, flaky skin from eczema and blotchiness, try a body oil.
Stay hydrated from within. We tend to take in less fluid in winter, which dehydrates our bodies. Replenish with plenty
of water and herbal tea to stay hydrated.
If your face feels tight and as though it’s being pulled in different directions, it might be time to increase your moisturising power.
By using a gentle exfoliating cleanser, you’ll remove the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Try a daily scrub for clearer, fresher and healthier-looking skin or an exfoliator that will gently slough away dead skin cells, leaving it looking clean, clear, revitalised and full of energy.
Cleanse with a cream-based cleanser. Gently massage into your face and décolletage with a little warm water, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
After washing your face, apply a rich moisturiser that will lock moisture into the skin and defeat dryness. Use a deep moisturising cream for dry skin. Show your skin a little extra love with a serum that boosts your skin health and prevents damage to your skin. The extra boost of nourishing and anti-ageing ingredients will keep your skin healthy.
Even though it may not feel like the sun has a harsh effect on your skin during the cooler months, it can still do damage. A moisturiser with SPF will create a protective barrier against extreme cold weather.
If your face looks like it can do with a pick-me-up, use a hydrating mist. For those days when your face is extra dry, treat it with a mask.
Your hair needs extra TLC in the winter months. Tone down your usual washing routine, and avoid shampooing your hair too often.
Keep it clean
Keep it clean between washes with a dry shampoo which revives and refreshes hair between washes. That way, you won’t need to blow-dry too often.
Combat static by applying a moisturising mask at least once a week to revitalise dry and damaged hair.
A dry flaky scalp caused by chilly temperatures is irritating as well as embarrassing. Wash your hair with a calming shampoo that will soothe your scalp and reduce itchiness.
Apply serum to your hair while it’s drying to soothe dull, brittle ends.
Give your hair, as well and your skin and nails, a helping hand with a supplement that contains biotin to help maintain and support the skin’s lower dermal layer, zinc to keep your hair strong and selenium to help your hands grow.
Rough, chapped and red hands don’t have to be your fate this winter. Give them all the moisture they need!
Choose hand soap or sanitiser that won’t dry out your hands.
Wear rubber gloves when washing dishes. Dry air will leave nails brittle and broken. Wear soft cotton gloves when you’re outside to protect your hands from the cold air and harsh sun. UVA light prevents the production of the skin’s
moisture. By using hand lotion with SPF, you’ll prevent any unnecessary drying.
Moisturise your hands before going to bed, and put on gloves to prevent the moisture from evaporating. Moisturise regularly throughout the day. Keep a small hand cream in your handbag, and in your desk drawer.
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