Hello my beauties and welcome back to my little corner of the internet.
To all my lovely Instagram friends who watch my live videos and stories; you guys know way too well how I am not a fan of Winter. Maybe if Johannesburg had majestic snowfalls I would like Winter a little bit more.. but for now, I just don’t.
I mean am I being over dramatic? In Winter my hair just doesn’t shine as much, my already dry skin gets super dehydrated, my pictures in natural light looks so gloomy and I usually have to dress like a very unattractive Eskimo just to keep myself warm (no offense to Eskimos reading this).
Okay Okay, I will stop my rant now. 🙂 In today’s post I am sharing some of my tips on keeping your skin and hair hydrated during the colder months. Yes this post might be two months too late.. but this can help you as we transition into the warmer months too. Plus I’m posting this super early for the next Winter. 🙂 🙂 🙂
1. Start with re-hydrating your body from the inside out.
- Drink Plenty of water. Yes I might sound like your mom right now but it’s true. In Winter we tend to drink more hot drinks and we forget to drink enough water. I personally like to drink warm water with lemon and a dash of honey. It’s very refreshing and hydrating.
- Okay now I’m definitely going to sound like your mom. Try eating lots of fruits and veggies that have a high water content. Some examples are watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cucumber , lettuce and spinach.
- Try to limit your coffee and salt intake as they tend to dehydrate our bodies.
2. Switch up your soap.
- Most soaps are naturally drying so try switching to a soap which contains lotion or just switching to a body wash.
- Limit your shower time and avoid using boiling hot water. Try turning down the heat before stepping out of the shower to close your pores.
- During your (not too long or too hot) baths, add some essential oils . I recently fell in love with bath bombs. My skin feels so soft and hydrated after using it.
3. Never skip the moisturizer.
- If you use an in-shower moisturizer then I guess skipping a moisturizer is okay… but if you don’t, then try moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower. Your pores will absorb your moisturizer much better and you will stay hydrated for longer. The Body Shop has great body butters (which are my favourite type of moisturizer) and they are having their winter sale right now!
- My ride or die moisturizer in Winter is coconut oil. I bought a big tub about 3 months ago and I use it every morning and night. I could write a whole blog about the benefits of coconut oil but I know that we all read those.
4. Scrub, exfoliate and scrub some more.
- When you hear scrub do you also start singing TLC’s “no scrub” or is it just me?
- On a serious note, exfoliating your skin is important (NB!!!). Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells. If you are suffering with a breakout using a scrub could aggravate it so rather wait for your skin to calm down before doing so. Don’t forget about your body. Use a body scrub at least once a week to keep your skin soft and moisturized. For my lips, I use a home-made sugar and honey scrub about twice a week.
5. Start using a humidifier.
- Heaters and electric blankets dry out the air. Try using a humidifier in your bedroom to add moisture back into the air.
6. Switch up your day cream.
- This tip might not be ideal for oily skin girls.
- Winter dries up the natural oils in our skin. SO girls like me with dry skin should try switching to a more hydrating day cream. A water-based gel cream works best for me.
7. Mask and deep condition.
- Sheet-mask in winter should be your best friend! Not only do they do wonders to your skin, they are also super cool looking for your IG stories (is it only me again? I think not!).
- Home-made masks are not a bad idea either. Banana, yogurt and milk are not only great for your skin but they also add moisture to your skin and that’s the aim in winter. Please let me know if you would like a blog post on my favourite home-made masks.
- Lastly don’t forget about your hair. Deep condition your hair at home once a week. Many brands sell deep conditioners but if you don’t have one, don’t stress. Leave in your regular conditioner for 10 mins then rinse out thoroughly. You will notice that your hair will be softer and have more shine once it dries.
8. Winter makeup tips.
- Once again these tips are suited for girls who don’t have very oily skin.
- Try switching to a more hydrating foundation or mix a few drops of facial oil to your foundation.
- Use hydrating primers and setting sprays. My favourite at the moment is the SMASHBOX Photo Finish Priming Water.
- In Winter, we tend to use liquid lipsticks and matte lipsticks which can be very drying on your lips. Try using an oil or a very good lip balm before going in with your lipstick. You will notice that your liquid/matte lipstick will feel much more comfortable on your lips.
- Watch my latest YouTube video on how I do my Winter Foundation Routine here<3.
DISCLAIMER : These tips work for me and my skin type but might not work for everyone.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe took a few tips out of it. If you love or hate Winter, caring for your skin and hair is still essential. That’s it for this post. If you have any of your own tips please share them in the comments below.
For more of my craziness come visit me on Instagram here and please don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.
Until we meet again ❤
Sending you lots of love and good vibes,