From lingering showers, to absent gloves, we've rounded up the biggest beauty mistakes to avoid this winter...
Our favourite thing about autumn/winter is the abundance of accessories that hit the shops. From the fail-safe knitted beret, to this season’s stylish fedora, winter (besides weddings) is one of the only times we can pull on a hat and not feel silly.
To avoid the perils of ‘hat hair’ – kinks, flatness and frizz caused by this season’s favourite fashion buy, hair stylists recommend the following:
– Make sure your hair is completely dry before pulling on your hat. Even if it’s only slightly damp, the section under the hat will dry lifeless and flat.
– Always gather long hair into a loop before tucking it under your hat to save it from a downpour, this will prevent noticeable dents when you let it down again later.
– And finally maintain root lift in long and shoulder-length hair by parting it on the opposite side to usual, then flip it back to where it would normally sit once you remove hat.
It’s tempting to hop into a hot laborious shower on blisteringly chilly mornings but if you want to maintain soft, supple skin try to keep it short. Dousing your skin in warm water for longer than 15 minutes at a time can compromise your skin’s precious lipid layer. Built from essential fatty acids, the lipid barrier is responsible for maintaining our skin’s natural moisture levels. If you can’t forgo a long shower, at least turn the temperature down.
The one thing worse for your skin’s delicate lipid layer than boiling hot water, is soapy lather. Once the weather turns cold make sure you switch your daily cleanser to a creamy, milkier alternative or reach for a deeply nourishing facial oil.
During winter there isn’t much moisture in the air and so your skin works round-the-clock to retain as much hydration as possible. Smothering your face in Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cleanser, £9.99 morning and night will remove impurities and re-establish much needed moisture levels. Packed with natural Clary Sage, it’s kind and effective on the even the fussiest of complexions.
Our hands are one of the first places to give away our true age. Protect yours from drying by always remembering to wear your gloves.
As well as causing premature ageing, exposure to the elements for long periods can cause nails and the delicate skin surrounding them to become brittle and peel.
Anti-bacterial hand wash could also be one the key reasons you are suffering from dry hands. Although highly effective at removing germs it also strips your hands of essential moisture. Next time you visit the supermarket pick up a rich creamy alternative instead.
Click here to see more tips on how to age-proof your hands…
It’s no secret that our lips are more prone to chapping in winter but who knew that not all lip balms were equal?
According to beauty experts, in colder months we should be favouring more viscous lip products with a thick sticky texture over the light waxy balms of summer.
Our pout has the thinnest skin on our body and so in winter it can become highly sensitive. If you are prone to eczema or cold sore flare up’s, avoid lip products containing lanolin, menthol or fragrance which can cause irritation and reach for all natural or organic lip butters and oils instead.
Whipped up with softening Shea Butter and moisture-rich Rosehip Oil, Trilogy Rosehip Oil Lip Balm, £9.45 is a sterling choice.
When the cold sets in, our trips to Starbucks instantly multiply. Nothing takes the edge off a chilly day like hot cup of coffee or a warming mug of tea. However be careful you don’t forget to squeeze your usual intake of water in there too.
Ideally we should all be drinking two litres of water a day if we want to maintain healthy, hydrated and blemish-free skin. Skipping a good old fashioned glass of water in favour of a steady stream of elaborate hot drinks will leave you feeling sluggish and spotty in no time.
Waterproof make-up shouldn’t be reserved solely for the summer months. With the wettest winter since the 1980’s on it’s way, it’s never been a better time to rainproof your beauty buys.
We’re investing in Mac False Lashes Waterproof Mascara, £19. This volumising bestseller’s new waterproof formula provides 12 hours of water, raindrop and humidity-proof wear. Thanks to a innovative double-density brush, this every day essential delivers twice the level of pigment, root to tip, for thick lustrous lashes that won’t run at the first sign of rain.
It can be tempting to adopt an out of sight, out of mind attitude when it comes to looking after our feet in winter. But if you want to escape a labour intensive struggle at the mere mention of a strappy sandal come spiring, you’ll need to maintain silky smooth feet all through fall.
Beauty therapists recommend booking in for a pedicure every six weeks to ensure your soles stay ship shape all year round. However if you don’t have time to visit a salon, don’t fret, it’s just as easy to keep on top of callous skin and unruly cuticles with a simple weekly routine at home.
When it’s miserable outside and we haven’t seen a sunny day for months, our complexions can become dull and lack-lustre. The urge to bring some colour back by whacking on bronzer can be overwhelming, but make sure you select a different product to the one that’s currently sitting in your make-up bag. Your usual bronzer which looked soft and natural in the summer could now be up to two shades too dark for your paler winter complexion.
Having separate products for each season can be expensive which is why we love Sleek MakeUp Precious Metals Palette, £9.99. This pocket-sized compact is half the price of many designer bronzers but just as good. It comes with three creamy highlighters and one universal bronzing powder which can be mixed, matched and blended to customise your perfect shade. The soft tones and versatile pigments are ideal for sculpting a youthul glow that suits everyone.