Brrrrrr! Can you feel the chill? Dropping temperatures, the threat of storms and those chilly winds might leave you thinking frizzy hair and dry, sullen skin is the only possibility this winter – but that doesn’t have to be the case! These top winter beauty tips will help you stay glowing and gorgeous – even if the weather isn’t!
Apply SPF, even when it feels unnecessary!
Many assume that because it’s cold outside that you don’t need sun protection, but that is not the case! With fewer hours of sunlight, UV rays are still potent in the winter months. A moisturiser with an SPF 15 is recommended on a daily basis and many foundations actually have SPF in them so keep an eye out for those.
And no, we’re not referring to drinks of the alcoholic kind, although that may be more likely with Halloween tomorrow and the Christmas party season a matter of weeks away!
It’s a known fact that we tend to feel less thirsty in the winter months, but it’s crucial to keep ourselves – and skin – hydrated, inside and out. In addition to drinking plenty of water, herbal teas, diluted sugar free fruit drinks, try clear soups as a more creative and tasty way of getting your daily H2O fix and flush out those dreaded toxins.
Use mistletoe as a motivator
You’ll need to make sure your lips are in tip-top condition for any mistletoe action this party season but you’ll be less likely to pucker up if you’re feeling self-conscious about a dry, flaky pout. Try an exfoliant on lips to get rid of flaky patches, fight the temptation to constantly lick your lips (it only dries them out more) and choose a moisturising, natural lip balm (avoid ingredients like camphor and menthol, which tend to worsen a cracked, inflamed mouth).
Feed your skin
Certain foods can help your skin glow from the inside out, especially foods such as oily fish like salmon and tuna (high in omega-3 which help plump up skin’s collagen production), spinach and avocadoes (high in vitamin E, which protects skin from UV rays and cell damage) and vitamin C-rich foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits (they’ll help stave off wrinkles). Sugar won’t be doing any favours for sallow winter skin, so get snacking on seeds and nuts for a zinc boost, essential for preventing rashes and unwanted skin irritations.
Don’t have too many one too manys!
The festive season may be the time for drinking and making merry, with plenty of delicious hot and cold Christmas-themed tipples on offer, but your skin won’t thank you for it. Since alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate skin, limit your alcohol, coffee and fizzy drink consumption in the colder months… and think how lovely you’ll feel waking up after your office party without a hangover.
To make skin picture perfect this party season, why not try the SkinBase Facial™ which can give you amazing results transforming tired, sallow and dull skin, into skin that looks beautiful, soft and supple.
Image: Ditte Isager