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Show Your Body Some Love With Head-to-Toe Care For The Colder Seasons

Alice Barnett
Writer and expert2 years ago
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Cold weather? Cocktails? Too many mince pies (or too little shut-eye)? Whatever the culprit, we’re here to provide you with the very best solutions to your winterskin carewoes. 


Temperature changes wreak havoc with hydration levels. The air is less humid (both outdoors thanks to the cold air and indoors thanks to the cranked-up heating) which means we’re all undoubtedly feeling (and looking) a little bit parched. The answer? Swapgel or foaming cleansers for oils or balms for a more nourishing cleanse. Plus, opt for humectants like hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid and glycerin to draw water into the skin and lock in moisture. Adding a hydratingface mist into yourroutine will also help you quench your thirstycomplexionand keep it looking bouncy. 

Don’t forget to also change up your moisturiser for one including ultra-hydrating ingredients like squalane and jojoba oils, which will nourish and feed the skin without leaving it feeling too heavy. For a richer texture, try shea butter, sweet almond oil and marula. 


It’s hard to avoid overindulging in winter, especially over the festive period. And quite frankly, why should we? It’s the best thing about this time of year! But all that mulled wine, those cocktails, those mince pies and chocolates can lead to very unwelcome breakouts due to the increased processed food, alcohol intake and sugar consumption. So, if you want your skin to be nice instead of naughty, start by using clarifying formulas to intensely cleanse and remove impurities before they amount to anything. Look for products with low levels of exfoliants as you want to be able to use them daily without over-exfoliating and aggravating your skin. 


Once again, due to increased dryness, your skin can look a little dull at the time of year. Try a face mask with instant brightening properties and ingredients like AHAs and enzymes to buff away dead skin cells that can cause the skin to look dull. Follow with skin care products featuring circulation-boosting heroes like caffeine to depuff and bring back a healthy flush to your visage. 


That same dreaded coupling of cold air outside and heated air inside is what makes chapped lips so common in winter. But with all that under-the-mistletoe action waiting for you, sore, cracked and scaly lips are the last thing you need. 

Rule number one? Stop licking your lips – you’ll only make things worse. Then use an exfoliating lip scrub to slough away any flaking cells before applying a conditioning lip balm, oil or butter. Adding an overnight lip mask works wonders for keeping your pout plump and chap free too. 


Cold weather – is there anything it doesn’t impact? Your hands are yet another part of your body likely to suffer the consequences of winter, becoming dry, red, sore and scaly. And that’s only intensified by the need to scrub and sanitise to avoid catching any dreaded lurgy. 

Invest in a non-stripping hand wash and hand sanitiser to prevent your mitts from drying out. Carry a hand cream in your bag at all times and remember to reapply post-wash. Sleeping in a pair of moisturising gloves with your hands drenched in your favourite hand treatment will help keep them silky and smooth throughout the winter months, too. 


Locks can look limp and lacklustre due to loss of moisture in the air. To avoid losing hydration and disrupting the natural oil balance in your hair, try cutting down on wash days in the winter months. Instead, reach for a dry shampoo in-between washes that will keep your hair looking, feeling and smelling fresh. It's also important to replenish moisture. How? A hair oil or hair mask should do the trick! They not only deliver intense hydration (something we all need through winter), but it also helps to repair any existing damage by helping to strengthen your mane and seal cuticles.


Last, but by no means least, it’s not just your facial skin care ritual that needs updating as the seasons change. Your body careregime will also benefit from a few simple tweaks (just because you’re wrapped up in multiple layers, this doesn’t mean your limbs don’t need attention!). Winter skin can often feel dull and grey – due to the lack of sunlight and vitamin D so get your glow back by exfoliating from head to toe using a body scrub or polish. It’s also super important to keep moisture levels replenished, so swap lightweight lotions for richer, restorative formulations or a body oil.  

With a change-up in your winter skin care routine, your winter skin woes will soon be a thing of the past. 


Alice Barnett
Writer and expert
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Alice is one of Cult Beauty’s Senior Copywriters. An avid charity shop hunter, gig goer and theatre enthusiast (seriously, she’s seen everything in the West End at least twice), Alice is never without a nourishing lip balm or her handbag-sized hairbrush. Complete with an unwavering obsession with hair masks and SPF – which must be at least factor 50 – she swears by daily application of Thank You Farmer’s Water Sun Cream SPF 50. When she’s not playing defence for the Cult Beauty Netball Team, she’s probably dog-watching with friends in East London’s Victoria Park.