Winter can leave you and your skin feeling tired. Here's how to get your glow back with the help of a few simple beauty tricks - no matter the weather.
The beach is synonymous with relaxation. Staring at the ocean, while listening to its constant ebb and flow, actually changes your brain waves’ frequency and slows you down, so you can rest. In fact, people who live by the ocean tend to have better mental health than those who don’t.
Spending time by the sea can also have lasting benefits on your body. Of course, too much sun can be harmful to your skin, so it's vitally important to wear sunscreen. But the right balance not only injects vitamin D into your skin, improving its tone, it boosts your immune system and triggers the release of mood-lifting hormones in your brain.
Now, we can't miracle up the sun. But, as we approach the festive season - a time of joy that can also be quite overwhelming and stressful - we want to help you recreate that beach feeling with a few smart tricks.
- Try Argan Oil
The winter months can leave your skin feeling dry and lacking. Gain that nourishment it craves can by using argan oil - a natural oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree that is endemic to Morocco.
It’s lightweight formula - perfect for all skin types – is filled with vitamin E and fatty acids that will moisturise your skin and even work to reduce acne. Add it to your daily routine by massaging a few drops into your skin after applying your normal moisturiser or even mixing it in with your foundation. You’ll be left with a radiant glow that reminds you of summer.
- Replicate Beach Waves
Effortless, beachy waves are another bonus of being by the sea. Salt makes its way under the cuticle of your hair strands, and, as your hair dries, the salt forms fibres that thicken and help form waves.
The good news is it's an easy look to replicate at home. Spritz your hair with a salt spray and gently scrunch different sections with your fingers to create a tousled look. Go for a spray that contains oil to help combat the slightly drying effects of the salt.
- Exfoliate Regularly
For buttery-soft skin, frequent exfoliation is key. It keeps dry skin at bay by getting rid of the top layers of dead skin.
You can use a liquid scrub or a scrubbing brush; just be sure to choose a solution that works best with your skin type. Exfoliate both your face and body, although, again, you may want to use different products or techniques, depending on the sensitivity of your skin.
For top results, we suggest exfoliating a few times a week. Do it just before shaving and a day before applying any self-tan.
- Take Vitamin D Supplements
Vitamin D plays an important role in the healthy maintenance of our bones and teeth. Our bodies create vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin, which, during the winter months, can be harder to come by. Taking a daily supplement can help your body to fight diseases, while also contributing to well-being and weight control.
- Don’t Forget SPF
It’s an obvious one but applying SPF is a habit you’ll thank yourself for in the future. Many of us assume we only need sun cream in the sweltering heat of the summer, when in fact UV rays can seep through even on the cloudiest of days.
So, as UV rays can affect your skin at any time of the year, it’s worth keeping your skin protected all year round. You don't have to wear sun cream; there are numerous moisturisers, tinted moisturisers and foundations that come with built-in SPF. People with fair skin should consider using products that contain at least SPF20. Apart from offering protection against skin cancer, it’s also one of the most effective anti-agers by preventing premature wrinkles.
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