Unless you have the good fortune of being a Southern Hemisphere reader, you’ll have noticed that Winter is here and it’s trying to blow the doors down and attack you with its frosty fingers. From a health, fashion and beauty perspective, a lot of women actually prefer winter – it’s time to cover up, wear lovely soft knitted jumpers and stay snug. But winter is still harsh on skin and your routine will have to adjust to it if you want to stay looking your best. Here are some easy tips to start with:
Everything that you do year round probably needs to be intensified during winter -
- Switching to richer face and eye creams and ensuring that you exfoliate at least twice a week is essential;
- You need to do the opposite with cleansers – use less so that your skin’s protective oils are left to do their thing;
- A good 30 minutes from application of your moisturizer to venturing outside gives it time to do its stuff (otherwise it may freeze).
- Treat yourself to a nourishing face-pack maybe once a month, but don’t overdo it. Health spa gift vouchers can get you a pleasurable, hassle free experience if you’re not familiar with the face pack process.
Hair too is vulnerable to extremes, and can frizz and break easily. The former is frustrating, especially when you consider that straight hair is very much the in-thing at the moment. But hair breakage is never fun, and all those return trips to the salon aren’t exactly cheap either. Hair-related extremes aren’t just down to shifts in the weather though:
- You have to make extra effort to limit the amount of time you spend with your hair in hot water, or under hair dryers and heat sources;
- Wet hair in cold conditions may freeze, resulting in breakage;
- Condition every day, and stick to more intensive conditioners (even if you don’t have ‘dry / damaged hair’, it doesn’t hurt to use a conditioner for that type of hair).
- Winter is a good time to cut back on chemical treatments – peroxides and perms. It’ll only be more rewarding when you blow off the winter cobwebs by indulging in spring.
- Consider wearing your hair up in winter – go for the full up-do if you have the time – less hair is exposed to air (and they look great).
Covering up for the winter seems like the perfect excuse to let certain aspects of your regime slide, and to be fair, if you let your legs get a little fuzzier between shaves, you’ll probably be doing your skin some good. Nonetheless, it’s worth maintaining the regime so that when spring comes round again, you won’t have done yourself any damage.
- Keep exfoliating and moisturising throughout winter;
- Drink plenty of water – and don’t binge on the hot drinks;
- Don’t be a killjoy about it, but try not to eat too much over the Christmas period;
- Though it’s cold, try not to turn the shower up too hot;
- A perfume with ‘warm’ scents can make a difference to your winter outlook.
To adapt to winter fully, your makeup regime needs to change just a little too. Those dull, overcast winter days need a little extra colour, so why not provide it? Dark and eye-catching shades, are best, but leave the candy and softer colours for the summer months. Plum is a personal favourite – a nice, rich fruity colour that seems especially healthy and warming in cold surroundings.
Anna Freshwater is a blogging and writing specialist who creates content for the Sanctuary Spa, where you can buy beauty gifts for women.