Beauty & Fashion

Winter Beauty Tips and Secrets

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Winter, the season of snowflakes and jackets and Christmas and New Year! It’s the time when your bed’s your favourite place and a hot mug of coffee is your favourite drink. If only it didn’t suck all the moisture right out of us, it’d be the perfect season! But dry skin, dry lips and rough hair are just few of the beauty problems that ail all in winter! Here are a few excellent beauty tips in winter season that will serve you well, especially in the cold!

Diet:

17 day diet

The correct food always helps keep your beauty preserved! Certain kinds of food prevent your skin from becoming dry or cracked. Consume lots of oily fish like salmon and tuna (high in omega-3 which help plump up skin’s collagen production), spinach and avocados (high in vitamin E, which protects skin from UV rays and cell damage) and vitamin C-rich foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits. Reduce consumption of excess sugar in the form of Christmas candies. Sugar doesn’t do your dry skin any good. These are some of the basic beauty tips for women in winter.

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Reducing the Consumption of Beverages:

I know that winter is the time for steaming hot mugs of coffee or late night parties with loads of alcohol. But alcohol and caffeine both dehydrate your skin immensely. So if you want to prevent dry, sullen skin you need to reduce your intake of beverages both hot and cold. Stick to drinking lots of water. That will help flush out the excess toxins and keep your skin smooth and glowing from within.

Hair Damage:

Damaged hair

Yes winter makes your skin dry. But more importantly it ruins your hair completely! The brisk cold winds make your hair frizzy and absolutely impossible to tame. Marc Trinder, Art Team Director at Charles Worthington says that investing in regular strengthening treatments and applying serum to the hair ends before you go outside will help protect it from the elements and prevent split and faded ends.

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Hot Baths:

Hot baths seem like the best part of the day during winter. But you need to make sure that you do not stay under the shower spouting steamy hot water for too long! Overlong hot baths makes your skin drier. Also make sure that you don’t use your towel too roughly. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it.

Moisturizer:

The sure shot way of maintaining your skin’s moisture is to keep applying food moisturizers. For best effect apply the moisturizer right after your bath while your skin is still damp and your pores open. This allows the moisturizer to penetrate the upper layer and keep your skin moisturized for a longer time period. According to Karen Bevan-Brown, Treatments Expert at Liz Earle, moisturisers with plant oils are particularly beneficial: ‘Plant oils mimic the skin’s own naturally effective moisture barrier and are fantastic winter skin saviours. This is a mandatory winter beauty care

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Exfoliation:

Now you might think that keeping your body wrapped up in full sleeved shirts and tight tights will help protect it and so there is no need for regular exfoliation. But this is not true. Exfoliation should be an active part of your body care regime always. During winters it helps keep your skin glowing and also allows your after shower moisturizers to get absorbed more quickly. An expert tip is to add a few drops of lemon juice to your facial scrub. The citrus acid in lemon juice helps remove the glue that makes dead cells stick on your skin. Women are looking for beauty tips in winter season natural one to be more precise.

Use SPF:

Many people assume that with fewer hours of sunlight there is lesser need for SPF protection. So not true! The winter sun is potent enough to harm your skin in the few hours that it shows its face. So do not skip your SPF.

Makeup Tips:

  • Choose cream based foundation as it gives you a better finish. Always choose a shade that’s closest to your skin tone.
  • For dry skin, try moisturizing your face with a lotion or winter cream before you put on your makeup.

Hair Care Tips:

  • Always wash your hair with warm water. Hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils.
  • Oil and massage your hair regularly as it prevents dandruff in winter and keeps your hair healthy.
  • Use nourishing conditioners as they help prevent dryness.
  • Cover your hair with a hat or a winter cap when you step out. Cold winds can cause dryness and split ends. It is also a good practice to get regular trims.

Wardrobe Essentials:

A winter wardrobe is quite essential. You need to stay warm and cozy. Choose from a wide range of sweater tops, cashmere shawls/ sweaters and leather jackets to sport a chic look even on cold winter days.

Footwear – there are great choices from boots to ankle length boots and anything that will keep your feet covered. This prevents your soles from drying and keeps your feet warm.

Skincare Essentials:

This is the most important part of winter beauty care. Cold winters can dry your skin. Ensure you have creams and lotions that have glycerin or shea butter or natural oils as they penetrate deep into your skin and nourish it.

Drink enough water and stay hydrated. Moisturizes work on the surface, hydrate your skin from within. Moisturize your skin at least twice in winters.

Hydration is extremely beneficial for your skin and it also makes you feel and look good.

Don’t forget to keep your lips moisturized. Use a good lip balm with an SPF so that your lips are protected when you’re out in the sun. You could also rub massage your lips with butter or ghee and leave it overnight for soft lips.

Everyone loves winter. The effects of winter can’t be controlled with just external treatments, it starts from within. Ensure you take in enough water, fruit and vegetables. Nuts like almonds and flax seeds have essential fatty acids that are extremely good for hair and skin. Try out these beauty tips and kiss your winters a happy welcome. We have you taken care from top to bottom. Happy Winters!

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