Winter can actually be far more drying on your skin and hair than summer, especially if you are working out.
Hot yoga, hot showers and warmer fitness gear can see you sweating it out and increase your temperature. Here are five simple ways to keep your skin glowing throughout the cold months:
Cleanser: Now is the perfect time to switch from a gel cleanser to a creamy one to keep your skin moist, clean and glowing. Gel cleansers can be too harsh in cooler weather, whereas creamy cleansers can replenish.
If there is one product you should consider splurging on, this is it as you use it twice every day, and what’s better than a moment of luxury twice a day every day of your life.
We love Tom Ford purifying cream cleanser which comes in a fully portable tube perfect for your gym bag and can be removed with tissues if you’re in a hurry. RRP $85
Cuticle Oil: If your skin is overly dry, the first place you see it is your nail bed.
Cuticles can become severely dehydrated, and nails can break as a result. L’occitane’s shea fabulous nail and cuticle nourishing oil (RRP:$20) comes fitted with a brush applicator, so it is so easy to apply.
Travels well in a little tube. Simply rubbing a small amount of cuticle oil into nail beds ( hands and toes) every night before bed can keep them smooth and moist and nails strong.
Moisture Bath: A long hot bath is tempting during winter, but hot water can be dehydrating, and foaming bubble bath only adds to the problem. Epsom salts are every athlete’s best friend, and hep relax muscles and sooth skin.
A bath oil like Decleor’s Energising Bath Concentrate RRP$90 added to bath water will infuse moisture into your skin, and leave you feeling hydrated. (Olive or coconut oil are less glamorous alternatives that will help if you don’t have a bath oil to hand)
It’s also smart to sip cool water during a bath, especially after exercise to keep fluids up.
Moisturiser: Lather on a thick body moisturiser after a bath or long hot shower to ensure skin doesn’t dry out. Focus on dry skin areas like knees, elbows and heels.
Crabtree & Evelyn’s Avocado oils & basil skin nourishing body butter is rich with avocado and shea butter, beeswax, basil extract and olive fruit extract. It’s absorbed quickly by skin and feels smooth and rich. RRP$40
Hair: Your hair can also suffer from excessive hair drying, having shower water too hot and even indoor heating.
Using a rich hair mask on the ends 2-3 times a week is a great way to keep hair strong.
Wash it less so the hair’s natural oils have a chance to work through each strand and keep it moist.
Another option is using an oil in the ends to keep hair moist and prevent breakage.
Aveda’s Damage Remedy Constructing Conditioner is enriched with naturally derived conditioners that actually help reconstruct hair. RRP$49.00
Every day hair: Switching to a less abrasive shampoo & conditioner rich in natural oils can be very beneficial in winter too.
We like Suigo’s rose hair spa affable gentle shampoo and conditioner infused with vegetable proteins and nutrients. RRP $32.50 each.