SKIN & HAIR- the aim is to retain as much moisture as you can in your skin and your hair to keep them gorgeous despite the harsh weather. get rich emolient body butters and hair conditioners to keep your skin smooth and supple & hair healthy and shiny. Adding a few drops of olive oil to a mediocre lotion or conditioner will enrich its quality so you dont have to buy a new one! My normal face moisturiser wasnt cutting it so i switched to using just a drop of pure wheatgerm oil on my face and its working wonders.So where oils might be greasy at other times of the year, if the moisturiser youre using is falling short, adding/switching to an oil might do the trick.Dont forget your hand cream- you might want to bestow one with permanent residence in your bag.
MAKEUP- this is the season to crack open your liquid and cream makeup products- eg liquid foundation, cream blushes, eyeshadows etc are likely to sit better on the skin, give a glow and are less likely to look dry and cakey in comparison with their powder counterparts.Same applies to your creamy lipsticks. You also need a good lipbalm constantly in reach.I love my Elizabeth Arder 8 hr cream, Mac tinted lip conditioner and Lush 'honey trap' lipbalm.There are so many good lipbalms on the market though!Id stay away from vaseline since it coats the lips thus protecting them froh harsh weather but doesn't nourish, soften or really moisturise them.
BODY- a hollistic approach to these things is always ideal for better results. What you consume counts a lot so DRINK LOTS OF WATER. This will particularly help detoxify the body with all the mulled wine, eggnog etc drinking that happens at this time of the year. I know you hear it all the time but no cream can do to your skin what water can.Our standard eating habits don't tend to be the healthiest around this time of the year but little things like drinking natural teas to warm you up help. my favourite is green tea! Its rich in antioxidants and has lots of lovely benefits.If its taste is too bitter for you, just add a tea spoon of honey and youre good!
Hope this is helpful and id love to hear your tips! :) x x x