While most of us will have invested in a few capsule pieces for our winter wardrobe, don’t forget you also need to tweak your beauty regime if you want to survive the chill without flaky skin, static hair and chapped lips.
Consultant Dermatologist Dr Justine Hextall says: “In autumn/winter the weather is colder and our skin can become dry, chapped and unbalanced. We also move between different temperatures and coming in from the cold will contribute to the drying effects on our skin. By making just a few alterations you can keep your complexion clear and your skin radiant all year around.”
The good news is we’re here to show you how…
If you want to avoid split ends and winter dullness have you thought about revamping your hair products?
Rain and frosty temperatures are the ideal ingredients for a recipe of frizzy and static hair so it makes sense to look at what products you’re lathering up in the shower.
Top tip: Try and wash your hair every two-to-three days so it doesn’t dry out.
A good ‘winterising’ trick is to condition your hair backwards; start by conditioning your hair for ten minutes, then getting in the shower and lathering up with your normal hair shampoo.
Experts claim this will help your hair to soak up more moisture and proteins from the conditioner and, because there will be a conditioning barrier, your shampoo won’t be as drying on delicate ends either.
Central heating can be a real problem when it comes to coping with the stresses of chapped winter skin, then when you step outside your skin will be once again battered with freezing temperatures and chilly winds which can cause sensitivity.
Top tip: When it comes to your face it’s all about the water – literally.
Cleanse with luke warm water which won’t shock the skin with a high temperature as hot water can often make sensitive skin flare up. Try to counteract the effects of hot and cold temperatures by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day to make sure your skin is as hydrated as possible.
Having hydrated skin is also a good way to plump out fine wrinkles and wrinkles – shhhhh – don’t tell anyone though!
During the summer our nails tend to flourish, but come winter they can become dry, brittle with a tendency to snap. Sound familiar? Yes, we thought so.
Top tip: Tackle any dry skin on your feet by investing in a foot cream with plenty of shea butter, slather on before bed then pop on a pair of socks so it can be absorbed into the skin while you snooze.
Also, make the most of wrapping your feet up in thick socks or tights and give your toenails a break from wearing nail polish for the next few months to counteract any discolouring, too.
Did you know that more moisture is lost through the lips than any other part of the face or body? Probably one of the most annoying side-effects of winter is chapped lips so prevent it from happening before the weather gets too cold.
Top tip: Licking your lips often can lead to extra irritation and dryness so don’t let it be a problem this winter and keep a pot of lip balm in your handbag or coat pocket.
Avoid balms in pots as they can carry lots of germs and instead look for a lip balm with petroleum or beeswax in a wind-up stick. When you’re out walking also try covering your lips with a scarf to protect your pout against the blustering elements.
Just like your hair, your lashes have their own three-phase growth cycle and will fall out every few years to renew themselves.
On average your upper lashes have about 90 to 150 hairs and in the winter your lashes are prone to breaking and getting dry if you don’t look after them properly.
Top tip: Making sure you snack on protein rich foods that contain fatty acids, minerals and vitamins is a good place to start when lush lashes are the order of the day.
Stop your lashes from drying out by always removing your eye make-up at night; also give them a conditioning treat a few times a week by dabbing some baby oil over the ends with a cotton wool bud to give them a big kick of moisture.
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