Today I have for you a guest post written by lovely Izzy. Her article is full of great tips how to take care of our skin in cold winter time. I hope you'll enjoy reading it!
In Preparation For A Cold One: Winter Beauty Tips
Winter brings with it particular beauty challenges. The cold weather can be hard on our skin, making it dry and red. It can be hard to know what to wear: keeping warm and staying stylish can be a challenge. And then there is the Christmas party season to contend with: everyone wants to look their best at the time of year in which it seems harder to look good than any other. Here are a few simple tips which will help keep you looking just as good in January as you do in June.
Even if you normally have well-balanced skin which doesn't need much moisturising, you should moisturise well in winter. The cold and wind, together with central heating, has a drying effect on the skin. It is pretty hard to make-up a flaky face well, so lack of moisturisation will end up making you miserable. Be kind to your skin and choose good quality day and night creams. Look for those with alpha-hydroxy acids in them - they tend to be most effective in boosting winter skin, but they're expensive so keep an eye out for coupons. Pick a day cream with sunscreen in it. Just because it's winter, doesn't mean your skin can't be harmed by the sun - it is the UVB rays which cause ageing, and they're still around. Don't forget your lips either. Nearly everyone gets chapped lips at this time of year, and they can be horrible - dry, sore and impossible to put lipstick on. A good quality lip balm applied twice a day should do the trick. On your body, go for lush, rich creams such as those with shea or cocoa butter in them, and see applying them as a treat: the gorgeous smells will give your mind a boost as well as your body.
2. Be kind to yourself
Leading nicely on from that, don't forget to treat yourself in other ways too. If the lack of sun is making you miserable, then a good home pampering session will help. Run a bath full of lovely moisturising bubbles and put on a thick, moisturising face mask while you soak. Slough off dead winter skin with a body scrub, paying special attention to feet, knees, elbows and anywhere else that tends to get especially dry.
3. Beautify from the inside-out
In winter, it can be tempting to fill up on stodgy food and drink too much alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with a bit of either, you need to consider your well-being too and eat a balanced diet. There are lots of good winter foods which will keep you feeling full and comforted as well as being healthy. The fatty acids found in eggs and oily fish are great mood lifters. Lentils and pulses make great warming stews and soups. Add chilli or other spices to food to give it flavour without fat. Keep your vitamin intake up with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables: they'll help you ward off winter colds and keep your skin and hair looking great. Also remember to drink enough water to counteract the effects of central heating.
4. Embrace winter style
You can look good in winter. Some people feel that they are natural 'summer' dressers and are thrown by winter clothes and make-up. The thing to remember when dressing for winter is not to try and fight the fact it is cold: go with it. Enjoy luxurious knits and soft winter coats. This winter, long coats, knee-high boots and hats are all on-trend - enjoy them. When it comes to party time, make an impact with sparkle and shine. Metallics are very much in this winter - so treat yourself to something shiny for Christmas. If money is tight, see if friends and family can buy you gift coupons in lieu of Christmas presents to help you get that special something in time for New Year's Eve. Winter make-up can be a real treat too. You can go bolder and thicker than in summer, when heat and sweat can cause sliding. Deep and bright colours such as burgundy, purple and dark green can work really well at this time of year. And don't be afraid to wear glitter - it will brighten up your face and your day.
This post was written by Izzy Woods who has been working as a professional writer and researcher.