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November 23, 2017

Winter Beauty Tips

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This post is a contributor written post.


Winter is now upon us, and as annoying as it is the cold weather can dramatically change the appearance of our skin, hair and makeup application - unfortunately not for the better! Your hair can become dry and brittle, your skin becomes chapped and sore and the makeup that you apply won’t sit as nicely because your skin isn’t in tip top condition. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do so that you’re looking on point all winter and your skin and hair is as healthy as always.

Skin Care

It’s rather an obvious solution really, keeping your skin nice and healthy during the winter months all depends on how you’re treating your skin. Here are some tips to follow to ensure your skin stays as healthy as possible:
  • Always remove makeup at the end of the day with a gentle face cleaner. Doing this will allow your skin to remain healthy and prevent it from breaking out in acne or even worse - blackheads. You can read this article about the difference between blackheads vs sebaceous filaments and see how you can take care of them if they’re a regular problem for you.
  • After cleaning your face, you should be using a moisturizer that’s deep in hydration. It’s always best to go for creams that aren’t packed full of perfumes and chemicals so that you’re maintaining the correct pH balance      on your skin. This will also help prevent oily or dry skin.
  • When it comes to bathing, stick to products that are designed for sensitive skin as these will be much less harsh on your skin during the winter months. It might also be a good idea to pop in some emollient into your bath so that you come out feeling silky smooth.
Choose makeup products that are a little more expensive. Going for cheaper brands puts you at risk of putting makeup on your face that will do more damage than it’s worth. More expensive brands will help maintain moisture.

Diet 

The food that you’re putting into your body plays a massive role in how your skin looks. So of course, bingeing out on junk food isn’t going to play well for your skin. Decreasing the amount of food that has man made substances in them and increasing the foods that are packed full of nutrients will make the world of difference to your skin.

Foods that contain large amounts of omega 3 will dramatically help your skin’s appearance and health. Eating fish like salmon will help create a barrier for your skin which keeps all of the moisture in. Other recommended foods are; nuts, avocados, cucumber, sweet potato, olive oil, eggs and spinach. You can find other foods that contain vitamin a and c, and also foods that contain zinc will also very much help your skin.

Don’t forget that the best thing you can do for your skin is to ensure that you’re drinking plenty of water each day. Water flushes out any toxins in your body while hydrating your body and skin at the same time, so make sure you’re getting at least 2 liters a day. Drinking plenty will also help the condition of your hair too.

Mood

Sometimes, your mental health can affect how your skin and hair appear. This might be due to lack of sleep over worrying about something, or self neglect due to low mood. Be sure to do things that make you happy, and take time for yourself to regenerate and relax. If you live a particularly stressful life, taking the time to have a long bath and pamper yourself will make all of the difference. Plus, when you’re happier your appearance improves too.


Remember that if you’re struggling with low mood that you should speak to your GP to see what kind of treatment they recommend for you. Mental health isn’t something that should be ignored regardless of whether you want to improve your appearance.

Other Factors
There are other factors that contribute to your skin and hair’s appearance. This mainly boils down to alcohol and smoking, and here’s why you should avoid both of them:

Alcohol
Alcohol dramatically dehydrates your skin and can contribute towards premature aging of the skin. Due to the fact that you’re more dehydrated, your skin and hair will suffer from it. While alcohol in small doses isn’t dangerous, make sure that you’re not drinking heavily to maintain a healthy glow on your skin and hair.

Smoking
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health, but much alike alcohol it can affect the way you look more than you think. It yellows your teeth, causes premature aging of the skin, and also makes you smell. For the sake of your health, appearance and wallet, quit smoking.


Hair


When it comes to your hair, there are a few things that you should be doing to ensure that it stays in great condition: 
  • Avoid dying your hair, the harshness of the cold will damage your hair enough as it is, so dying it will only make it worse.
  • Have a regular trim to cut off any dead ends. This will also help you feel more self confident.
  • Use moroccan oil after washing your hair to help lock in moisture when drying, whether that be using a hair dryer or naturally.
  • Avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet, this will pull on your hair and make it more likely to break. If you do this already, you will have noticed how much hair you pull out when you’re brushing it.
  • Use deeply nourishing shampoo and conditioner to ensure that it’s always soft and shiny and to lock in the moisture.
  • Try to wear your hair down as much as possible, putting it up can compromise it’s integrity.
As you can see, there are many different approaches you could be taking when it comes to your winter routines for your skin and hair. Applying these techniques will ensure that you’re looking your best at all times, so try them out now!

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