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Monday, 21 December 2015

BEAUTY | HOW TO NAIL THE ULTIMATE WINTER BEAUTY REGIME

It's no secret that our skin can suffer during winter.

With the harsh weather that often gives us chapped lips or dry skin, copious amounts of alcohol and one too many nights spent gorging on junk food and/or falling asleep with our make up still on.

Welcome, my friends, to Christmas and the effect it has on our skin.

So how do we look after ourselves when it comes to this time of year?

Key Winter Skin Facts to Bear in Mind:

- Your skin is more fragile in the winter
- You need products that will combat the effects of the harsh weather
- You need products suited to your specific skin type 

Cleanser – photo from Wikipedia
ONE | CLEANSE
Switch to a gentler cleanser in the winter. Many contain alcohol which can be quite drying and as you’re already fighting the drying winds, low humidity, and the effects of indoor heating, you don’t need even more dryness to fight. Remember that your skin is more fragile in the winter so it needs to be treated with extra care. 

Moisturise – photo from Luke Lehrfeld via Flickr
TWO | MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE!
Be sure to moisturise your whole body: face, body, and lips. It’s particularly important to choose a thicker moisturiser for your face as it will be lacking its usual levels of moisture. If you have oily skin and are a little hesitant about wearing a heavier product, keep a lighter one for the day and just switch to a thicker one for nights. Your hands and feet can also get hit by the cold climate so make sure you moisturiser both after you wash your hands and every shower. Don’t forget to keep a hydrating SPF lip balm with you at all times as well. 

Exfoliate – photo from Zanspa1 via Flickr
THREE | EXFOLIATE
You still need to exfoliate during winter as the process removes dead skin cells, which allows your moisturiser to better penetrate your skin. You can exfoliate up to once a week but bear in mind your skin type and adapt as necessary. Stay clear of scrubs and bead-based exfoliants as they can tear the skin and cause irritation. Opt for a face wash as they’re kinder to skin but still produce good results. Popular washes contain ingredients like hydroxyl acid

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Problem fixers lotion – photo from sunshinecity via Flickr

FOUR | PROBLEM FIXERS
You may find that you experience some problems you didn’t have in summer, such as more sensitive skin, dullness, or a red nose. It’s worth purchasing additional product/s to combat these; beauty collections like spa gifts will be designed around skin problems and specific skin types, so look for these to get your fixers. Red noses are a common problem around this time of year; the blood vessels cut off circulation to the nose when your outside but then dilate again once you’re indoors, which causes a rush of blood, hence the redness. Throughout the day keep putting a gentle moisturising lotion on to help reduce the redness. 

Sun – photo from raghavvidya via Flickr

FIVE | DON'T FORGET THE SUN
It may be cold, it may be dark and it may seem like it’s not that sunny but the sun is still affecting your skin, or rather, still harming your skin. It’s even more of a concern if you live in areas where it snows because the sun can reflect off the snow and hit your face with even more power. Use moisturising products with at least an SPF 30 in and you’ll stay protected! No matter the weather this should be a priority. When my friend took part in one of her American summer camp jobs this saved her! 

Nails – photo from Denise via Flickr
 SIX | NAIL IT
As well as looking after your hand, you need to take care of your nails too. They can become brittle in the winter so ensure you regularly use cuticle oil and always keep at least a clear coat of polish on them. Don’t forget to buff and file them at least twice a week though, as these can help stop snags and keep nails shiny and growing. 

Hair – photo from Betsy Jons via Flickr

SEVEN | GIVE YOUR HAIR SOME TLC
Think ‘Goldy Locks’ and treat your tresses well. Hair also can be stripped of moisture so make sure you never skip the conditioner and it’s worth using a deep conditioner (covers hair from scalp to root) once to twice a week to lock in all that hydration. Try to cut down on blow drying or stop all together if you’re able to. Prolong your hair wash with dry shampoo and your hair will thank you for it. 

Water – photo from philografy via Flickr

EIGHT | STAY HYDRATED
Last but definitely not least, drink plenty of water! You may hear this all the time but it’s an important thing to remember. Water replenishes your skin so keep up your fluids!

What about you guys? What's your winter beauty regime? Let me know with a comment!

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