By Lisa de-la-Plain, Co-founder and professional beauty therapist, Beauty Flash
Winter is now truly upon us! It’s that time of year when the weather is cold and miserable and hibernating indoors is the only activity that sounds tempting.
Maintaining a radiant complexion, soft skin and healthy hair can seem like a mission in the colder months, but Beauty Flash has put together their top tips to keep you glowing in the blustering months still to come.
Prepare your skin
All the cold weather, hot showers and cranked-up heating can suck moisture out of your skin, leaving it dry, rough and flaky.
Counteract this by applying a primer before your makeup base. Whether you wear a full face every day or you prefer to keep it simple, we promise it’s a godsend for creating a smooth base and can even have anti-ageing properties.
Amazing Cosmetics anti-ageing face primer is perfect for blurring fine lines, hydrating and brightening – the ideal multi-tasker.
If like us, you’ve over-indulged just a little on the alcohol and food-front, make sure to drink your recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day to counteract the damage.
This will combat dry skin, flush out toxins and give you a healthier and more youthful glow.
Get your beauty sleep
Sleep may be the closest thing there is to the fountain of youth as your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze.
Your body boosts blood flow to the skin during sleep, which means you wake to a healthy glow. Skimp on sleep and your complexion can look drab, ashen, or lifeless.
The key is to get enough shut-eye — 7 to 9 quality hours each night. If you want to give your skin an extra boost, use Dermalogica’s Age Smart Overnight Retinol Repair night cream. It accelerates skin renewal and reduces the appearance of ageing overnight.
Put down the makeup
If you are able to give yourself a break – DO! Allow yourself at least a day each week to wear no makeup. This will help de-clog pores, reduce breakouts and even skin tone.
It’s important to consider the ingredients in your products too. Consensus is forming it’s best to avoid makeup containing formaldehyde-related preservatives and benzene.
Lift your spirits
Stress deprives your skin of oxygen and essential nutrients, increasing your chances of getting breakouts – the last thing you need!
The best way to manage stress is to learn healthy coping strategies. Regular exercise and stretching are some of the best solutions and relieves muscle tension too. Meditation and yoga can also be highly beneficial.
Keep your pout perfect
It’s not only your skin affected by winter – your lips are constantly battling against the cold too. There is nothing worse than sore, split lips and the inability to wear your favourite lipstick.
Avoid lip balms containing petroleum jelly as these tend to make your lips drier. Stick to formulas which encourage hydration and promote skin elasticity like Dermalogica Age Smart Nightly Lip Treatment.
Your hair will feel like it’s gone through the wars as it’s subjected to harsh winds, repeated blow drying and straightening throughout the winter months.
Look for products containing ingredients to strengthen, condition and restore shine to get your hair back to its former glory.
Moroccan Oil’s Restorative Hair Mask is great to help prevent damage caused by chemicals and weather.
As an extra treat, try swapping to a silk pillow case the night before an event. Silk’s natural properties can help reduce friction on your hair, which causes damage like split ends.
Publishers of Staffordshire Living Magazine