FIGHTING THE HARSH WINTERS
Wrapping up in the biggest scarf you have and having a hot chocolate may keep you warm internally, but what about externally? Flakey, chapped, dull skin isn’t really attractive so I have to add in the extra measures to prevent all of this. It may sound like it’s more effort but it’s worth it in the end. These are what I’ve been using during this winter period.
With the dry, flakey skin situation here, dull skin is inevitable. One way to get a glow during the cold season is to exfoliate. Getting rid of the dead skin will allow new skin cells to replenish. It also allows the body oil to absorb to penetrate better into the skin. With this combination, I get a nice winter glow.
There were times were a body moisturiser isn’t enough to keep my body moisturised, especially my arms and legs. I had resorted to trying out body oils and had found they last longer and locks in the moisture better. No more dry, flakey skin. This sounds grim, doesn’t it? At the moment, I’m loving Victoria’s Secret Shea Weightless Body Oil. Doesn’t leave a greasy feel. Instead, it leaves a beautiful, warm scent.
Hands will show your age and my mum always stress that I should always moisturise them regardless of the season. As someone who doesn’t own a pair of gloves (I keep saying I need to purchase a pair. This started a few months ago), I suffer from terrible dry, rough skin. I have hand creams everywhere. One at work, one in each bag I use, next to my bed, desk at home, bathroom. Everywhere. I have enough hand creams to probably last me a year or two. This Jo Malone Vitamin E Hand Treatment is treat.
I didn’t know a lip mask existed till Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask came into my life. I get that extra TLC needed from this. Sometimes, I keep forgetting to apply lip balm at some point during the day and this helps soothe my lips after a long, harsh day. It also helps removes flaky skin too.
Having dry lips is like a sin. I drink enough water yet my lips are still dry so lip balm is always an essential item. Like the hand cream, I have lip balms everywhere. Maybe twenty in each bag, five at work, one in each pocket of my coat/jacket and just scattered everywhere. I still purchasing more. I mean, there’s no such thing as too many. I think I have enough to last me a lifetime.
Harsh winters also mean a dull face. I rarely wear foundation these days so I have to rely on a good skincare routine to help get that glow. I always opt for an exfoliating, brightening face mask-like, Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel or anything that contains Vitamin C. Another option is to make a DIY honey and orange juice mask. Lemons can be harsh at times so using orange is a better alternative.
We all know coconut oil has so many benefits but I love using it as a scalp treatment. It helps relieve an itchy scalp and nourishes it too. Leaving it as an overnight treatment then washing it in the morning has made a difference to my scalp. It’s not something I would do every day though, more like 1-2 times a week.
What are your winter beauty essentials?