Beauty & Fashion

Stay Smooth

Stay Smooth

Although wintertime is wonderful for curling up in front of a fire, with a cup of hot chocolate, overindulging in boots, scarves and jackets, there is a downside… Our skin and hair tend to be drier than usual. We’ve put together the best tips for you to keep your body healthy, glowing and summer-ready!

Keep your skin moisturised
Get into the simple routine of moisturising after every bath or shower. Keep a bottle of hand cream next to your bathroom and kitchen sink, and after washing your hands make sure to moisturise them. The best time to apply moisturiser that your skin will retain is just before you go to bed. Focus on the dryer areas of your body such as you elbows, feet, knees and hands.

Use natural oils and face masks
Use natural oils such as olive and coconut to reduce dryness, this also tends to be more affordable, and is super effective. Your skin will also look healthier and even more beautiful. There are also many DIY masks and pastes you can make from natural products like honey, avocado, yogurt, bananas, aloe and jojoba oils. Mix what you like together and leave it on your skin for 10 to 30 minutes for lasting softness and hydration.

Our fav is the avocado-and-honey face mask.
Take 1 fully ripe fresh avocado, remove the skin as well as the pit, and mash it up into a creamy pulp in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon honey and stir the mixture until it turns into a uniform paste. Apply to skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a soft towel. This mask recipe works like a charm and will give your visage a beautiful glow regardless of the winter glum. It’s not too sticky, and is absolutely delicious!

Combat dry locks
At least once a week set some time aside to get your tresses looking healthy and silky. Do a deep condition to restore the moisture in your hair, while making it easier to comb and detangle. Sleep with a night mask over it, we recommend a coconut-oil one for the win! Make sure to wash well with shampoo afterwards to leave it soft instead of greasy.

Remember that hot showers strip the natural oils from your hair, reach for a gentle dry shampoo when possible to assist your locks in retaining their moisture. Be extra careful when combing your hair, get your hands on a wide-tooth one that won’t damage or break your hair.

Go natural: If you’re used to blow-drying and straightening, make winter an excuse to cut back on this. Try to rock your natural look at least a few times a week.

And lastly… wear a trendy hat; not only is it super cute and fashionable this winter, it’ll keep your head warm
and protect your tresses.

Up your diet
Did you know that sticking to a healthy diet is the easiest way to keep your skin and hair moisturised? Eat watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi and watery veggies like carrots, zucchini, celery, cucumbers
and tomatoes.
Consider taking an omega-3 supplement, and consume more fish, nuts and avocado to give your skin the foundation it needs to appear smooth and supple.

Protect your skin
We know that even though it’s winter in the Lowveld the sun still tends to shine brightly and sometimes can be as hot as the summer sunshine which can be detrimental to your skin. Apply a good sunblock, with the added benefit of being a moisturiser it will prevent your skin from drying out or getting damaged.

Exfoliation is key
We often forget that we need to help our bodies shed off the dead skin during winter. Remember that moisture can’t get in if there are too many dead cells about. Use a soft exfoliating mask for
your face, and a body scrub for the rest of your skin. Don’t forget to moisturise afterwards, you’ll see and feel the results immediately.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
To keep us feeling warm and toasty, we tend to turn to hot drinks in the colder season, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside out. Drinking water will help you to retain it and we recommend drinking at least eight cups a day. If you want to shake it up a bit, have a little warm water with lemon… it’ll keep you warm, refreshed, and hydrated at the same time.

Luscious lips
To keep your lips super soft, make sure to exfoliate and moisturise them as part of your daily beauty regimen. If you don’t feel like spending money on the real deal, throw some olive oil, honey and sugar together to make the sweetest scrub on the planet.
You can also use a facecloth to exfoliate in the evenings, and apply a lip balm just before going to bed so your lips can absorb all of the moisture.

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