Winter beauty rituals
Don’t let the cold weather dull your glow. Keep your skin, hair and hands looking good and feeling great with these smart winter beauty habits.
Treat your skin once a week
You’ve got your daily skincare routine down pat, now it’s time to take it to the next level. Add a weekly mask treatment to keep your skin glowing. “Mix 3 teaspoons of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of dead sea salt. Mix into a paste, massage into skin then rinse off,” advises Janey Lee Grace, author of Look Great Naturally… Without Ditching the Lipstick.
Try an oil
Crammed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, facial oils are a winter beauty must-have. “They help to rehydrate the skin, penetrating deeply, and its super-easy to make your own,” Grace says. “Simply mix 50ml rosehip oil with 50ml sweet almond oil. Add 2 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of rose oil and 1 drop of frankincense for powerful homemade anti-ager.”
Use SPF daily
It can be easy to forget about sun damage during the colder months, but UV rays are just as harmful in winter as they are in summer, so don’t skimp on SPF. “UVA rays, which cause skin cancer and photo ageing, penetrate all weather conditions, so make sure you slather on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF value of 30 or greater,” says cosmetic dermatologist Dr Rachel Eckel.
Buffing your skin once a week will make a visible difference to your winter glow. “From the age of 25, cellular turnover begins to slow and dead skin cells accumulate. This results in a dull rough appearance to skin. Daily exfoliation for 40-60 seconds using a mineral scrub will gently lift dead cells and restore healthy skin renewal,” says Dr Eckel.
Look after your hands
Hands take a beating in the cold, dry weather, so don’t forget to treat your mitts. “Apply hand cream and cuticle oil every night to really penetrate the skin and cuticles,” says celebrity nail technician Lucy Tucker.
Treat your tresses
Give your hair some TLC to protect from the wind and rain. “Try to lessen the frequency of hair washing and heat styling. Remember, the more aggressive you are with shampooing your scalp, the more it will defend itself by producing oil faster. Wash and heat-style every other day to preserve the health of your hair,” says hairstylist Julien Farel.