Winter is a time for cosying up, enjoying quality time with friends and family at Christmas and embracing the woolly jumper. Sadly, despite all its many good points, winter is usually not the best time of year when it comes to your appearance. The cold, wet, and windy weather can take its toll on your skin and hair, and your once-golden skin can quickly lose its glow. It may only be autumn, but it’s not too early to start prepping for the new season and winter-proofing your skin. These simple steps will help you to look and feel your best, regardless of the weather.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
When it’s cold outside, most of us run the risk of dry, flaky skin. You should never underestimate the importance of moisturising. This is particularly important if you’ve been outside and your skin has been exposed to the elements. Don’t just focus on your face. Apply body lotion all over, and invest in a nourishing hand cream. Ideally, you should moisturise at least once a day. In the cooler months, go for thicker, heavier products. If you have sensitive skin, look for organic lotions and unperfumed creams. Take a look at brands such as Tropic Skincare for natural products. If you have combination skin, you can buy products designed for your skin type. These will give you softer, hydrated skin without making your face feel oily. If you’re unsure what products to buy, there are various things you can do. Visit a skincare expert or take a trip to your local department store and ask for advice. Read glossy magazines or check out online reviews. You’ll often find that get more choice if you shop online.
Fake that glow
Short of booking a tropical winter retreat, there are limited options when it comes to looking golden in the colder months. That is unless you embrace the world of fake tanning. Some may worry about looking orange, but there are some incredibly natural looking products out there now. You can self-tan at home using mousse, lotion, or spray. Or you could book into a local beauty salon for a spray tan. Fake tanning is a temporary measure, so don’t worry if you get it wrong first time around. Practice makes perfect. Generally speaking, it pays to spend a little more for recognised brands. Always use a mitt to apply your tan, and exfoliate beforehand. In the winter, you want a more subtle colour than in the summer months. Go for a light tan a few shades darker than your natural skin tone to achieve the perfect look.
Boost your vitamin intake
If you take a look at the ingredients in creams and balms, you’ll often find vitamins, like vitamin E.
You can help your skin out this winter, by adding skin-saving vitamins to your diet. If your skin is dull, try increasing your intake of peppers, carrots and sweet potatoes. If you have dry skin, add avocados, kale, and broccoli to your diet. For flaky, brittle skin, try and eat more oily fish, nuts, and seeds.
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Your skin can suffer in the winter when temperatures fall, and the elements are at their most unpredictable. Start protecting your skin now for a healthy, bright winter complexion.