Looking for winter beauty tips? Hayley Carr aka London Beauty Queen is on hand to advise on the must-have products that will see your skin safely through the coldest time of the year.
As the nights draw in, mornings get chillier and the sun gets dimmer, we need to change more than just our wardrobes. Just as our bodies need fluffy socks, cosy jumpers and mittens to protect us from the elements, our skin needs a helping hand with the dawn of winter too.
The harsher temperatures, strong winds and constant exposure to moisture-zapping central heating all play havoc with our bodies and can often leave them dry, sore, dull or starved of nourishment – but there are little changes you can make to your routine that will help to combat this. Here are some of my top picks for adding to your routine this winter.
WINTER BEAUTY: HARDWORKING BODY BUTTER
Although there’s nothing worse than applying a heavy duty moisturiser in the morning and sticking to your tights, saving the intense cream for the evening will help to soothe away the day’s pains and give you a touch of luxury before bed. I always layer up my limbs with a deeply hydrating body treatment and let it get to work as I sleep; your body will be prepped for the next morning and no sticky tights in sight.
LBQ LOVES: Clinique Deep Comfort Body Lotion (£30.00)
During the colder months our skin can struggle to undertake the natural shedding process, the result of which is a build-up of dull and dry skin on the surface. Give your body a helping hand and invest in a gentle exfoliator to effectively buff away the dullness and reveal the healthier skin beneath. Use daily in the shower, paying particular attention to the tops of arms which are prone to ‘chicken skin’.
LBQ LOVES: Kiehls Creme De Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish (£22.50)
RICH OVERNIGHT TREATMENT
An overnight treatment is a must all year round, but it plays a more significant role in winter beauty. Our faces tend to be one of the only parts of our bodies that are exposed to the elements, so they have to fight the full force of the wind, rain and cold. Although applying a really rich moisturiser in the morning (underneath your makeup) may not be suitable, there’s no excuse for not embracing it in the evening and making the most of your forty winks. Our bodies repair more effectively as we sleep (as they’re not focused on battling environmental factors,) so lather on a great treatment for replenishment and goodness while you slumber.
LBQ LOVES: Merumaya Overnight Recharge Night Cream (£35.50)
NOURISHING LIP BALM
I’m never without a lip balm or three, but during the colder months I tend to swap out my lightweight tinted balms for something altogether more hardworking. If your lips are prone to dryness and chapping, make sure you’re always carrying around a balm to soothe away the discomfort while adding a touch of shine; this helps to make your pout look healthier and more appealing too!
LBQ LOVES: Eos Sweet Mint Smooth Lip Sphere (£6.50)
SOOTHING HAND CREAM
My hands really suffer with the cold and keeping them happy is a big part of my winter beauty regime. They become dry, irritated and generally a bit of a mess – and that’s before I start sharing my nightmare nail stories. Hand cream is actually non-negotiable for me, and I always look for those that are rich in things like shea butter to help replenish lost moisture without becoming greasy. A great hand cream will be your best friend if you know how to use it (use small amounts and layer, rather than overloading skin and having excess product to massage in,) so pop one in your bag for the foreseeable future.
LBQ LOVES: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (£19.00)
REPLENISHING HAIR MASQUE
It’s not just the sunshine that can zap our hair of moisture and leave it looking lank. The extreme cold can cause brittleness and dryness, while constant central heating will leave it looking dull. Investing in a great hair masque will help to nourish the strands, injecting some goodness back into your barnet and encouraging shine; opt for something that targets damage or dryness and look for a concoction that’s not saturated with silicone – this will just sit on the surface and eventually make it look even duller.
LBQ LOVES: AVEDA Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque (£29.50)
Adding these little bits into your daily regime will undoubtedly make a big difference. Nobody wants to look like a scaly lizard come winter, so embrace the nourishing benefits a little hardworking beauty can bring.
Do you have any other top tips or beauty faves come winter?
Written by: Hayley Carr aka London Beauty Queen
October 25th 2016 - by @CollectPlus