Brr! Do you feel that? Winter is coming (Insert Jon Snow reference here), so that means that the weather is going to get icy. Whether you are a fan of winter or wish it was summer 24/7, you’ll probably notice that your skin starts to change with the weather. Skin tends to dry out a bit when the weather gets cooler, and no matter how many times you experience a change in temperature, you can forget that there are certain ways to keep your skin looking nice and supple. Here are just a few ways you can maintain perfect skin all winter long.
Unleash The Glow From Within
You can easily avoid dry skin and chapped lips during the colder months by following some basic steps. Wash your face with lukewarm water; hot water can often lead to dry and itchy skin, so if you stick to lukewarm temperatures, you can stay satisfied with the heat, but not do any damage to your skin. Fabiola Gomez, the founder of beauty blog LuxIt recommends moisturising during those colder months, preventing dry skin. “In winter more so than any other season your skin can become easily dehydrated, so to keep your skin feeling good all through the cooler months, switch out your face and body skin care products” she says ”Layering your hydrating products from toner, serum to your heavier moisturiser allows for the best results, and don't forget to keep your sunscreen on throughout winter. A foundation with SPF is a great way to top up your protection with the benefit of extra coverage throughout the day.” You can find more stunning tips and tricks by following LuxIt on Instagram and Facebook.
I Wanna Tan With You
If you tend to get pale during the winter months and want to maintain your summer glow, you can consider some fake tan. Now I know what you’re thinking, “fake tan makes you look like an Oompa Loompa”, and although that can be the case sometimes if you do it right with the correct tools, you can look like you’ve got a natural, healthy glow all year round. You can get your hands on some tanning products from anywhere, but unless you do your research, you may look fluorescent, and that’s not a good look. Before you begin your tan, always exfoliate. Get all of the dry, dead skin off your body and start on a blank canvas. After you exfoliate, apply some barrier cream on your fingers and toes, as well as a small amount on your elbows and knees, as this prevents unsightly patches of orange. After you’ve applied barrier cream, you can start tanning. If you’re after a quick application, spray tan machines are your best option; they are easy to use and fast to apply. Applying fake tan is a win-win situation for those who enjoy a summer glow year round. Your skin will glow every day, and it’s also a great way to ensure that you moisturise daily or every second day.
Put Your PawPaws Up
If you’re exfoliating weekly, you should always make sure what you’re exfoliating with is natural and healthy for your skin. There are so many different types of exfoliators out there, so it’s hard to find the perfect one for your skin, as well as making sure it’s natural and paraben free. Luckily, Camilla Jones has an easy and all-natural mask that you can make yourself.
2-3 tablespoons pawpaw, pureed smooth with a stick blender
1 tablespoon cornflour
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey (manuka is best)
(If you have breakouts, add a teaspoon of lemon juice)
Blitz pawpaw into a puree (make it as smooth as possible) - set aside.
Add cornflour to a small saucepan, pour in water and stir to get all lumps out (should look like a white, opaque, milky liquid).
Boil the cornflour & water for about 1/1.5 mins stirring continuously so it remains smooth. Take off the heat and keep stirring as it comes together and forms a nice smooth gel-like paste.
Put fruit puree, 2 tablespoons of the cornflour gel, the honey and sugar (and lemon juice if using) into the one bowl and mix well. (If there are a few lumps in the cornflour gel - usually from not pulling it off the heat soon enough, just blitz the whole mix with the stick blender again to get it nice and smooth).
"Apply to face, neck, decolletage (and I usually have enough for the backs of my hands too). Let it dry (about 15-20 mins) then rinse off in the shower. You'll feel your skin feels smoother, softer and just altogether more refined and nourished. For best results, do this every other night for about a week and a half - you'll start to notice serious results after about the 2nd/3rd application. It's amazing. From there, you can use it once a week." You can follow Camilla and find out more amazing tips on her blog.
A Solid Foundation
During the colder months, it’s easy to forget about UV rays. They’re still there, guys, even if the clouds are blocking the light! Beauty blogger from The F Diaries, Charlotte Weiss, recommends that you keep your skin safe from harsh UV rays, even during winter. “During winter, I pack on the SPF 50+ moisturiser. Just because it's cold and dreary, doesn't mean my skin won't get burned by the sneaky sun!” She says, “Plus, the dryness of winter usually affects my skin in a pretty bad way, so I rely on my moisturiser to get me through unscathed.” You can follow Charlotte and The F Diaries on Facebook and Instagram.
Winter is a glorious season, so there’s no reason why your skin should suffer. A little bit of extra care and a little bit of extra attention is all you need to work on to keep your skin looking fresh, moisturised and supple.