Smooth solutions for a beauty-ful winter
No more sandpaper lips…
… or frozen phalanges!
Source: Ashley Moore
There’s a lot to love about winter… big coats, cosy fires, UGG boots, Netflix binge sessions. But the dry, flaky skin that shows up when the temp drops is NOT one of them. From brushes and bristles, to potions and lotions, there’s something to alleviate almost any winter dry spell. Here are our fave tips and winter beauty softeners.
Avoid… sitting right. In. Front. Of. A. Heater. Seriously, step back. We’ll wait. If you’re tootsies can’t hack it, put some socks on and keep a safe distance from the heater.
Try… dry brushing. Gwynie (Ms Goop herself) is known for praising the benefits of dry brushing. How does it work? A long wooden brush with firm (but soft) bristles is used to brush the skin a couple of times daily and stimulate the lymphatic system. Add it to your daily brushing (tooth and hair) routines and you’ll have silky smooth skin all winter.
Remember… skincare is not a joke, so moisturise morning and night. Make it an all-year-round regime and it’ll be easier to adapt to when winter rolls around. You’re human not reptile after all. Slap on the body cream as much as possible and feel the glossy times roll. Your skin will thank you.
Cover… your weather-exposed skin. Now you’ve got your hands subtle and soft, you gotta keep em protected from the harsh, drying cold. Plus, if you need to get a dudes digits, you can’t have frozen fingers. Gloves are the only solution.
Think... thick and opt for a richer cream (hand and body) over the winter months. Your dry cells will soak it up like sponge. Tip: if its tinted you can keep a lil all-year-round tan going too. Bonus.
Wet... your lips. Not with your tongue, but with a high-octane lip balm that'll make your pout softer than silk.
Trim... dehydrated hair. It’s another part of winter we’d like to forget. Control flyaways with an intensive conditioning treatment every fortnight or so and trim your ends on the reg. (As in, take the beanie off and take care of your locks too.)
Tame... static-y hair by placing a dryer sheet over the bristles. Brush and go, it’s that simple.
By Louise Smithers