As the nights draw in and the temperatures plummet, it’s tempting to want to live in our thickest sweatpants, woolen socks, and baggy jumper until Spring comes back around. But there is another way! Why not consider a winter makeover not only to get festive-season ready but also to infuse some sparkle into the drab days of the colder months and help you both look – and feel – your very best. Here are some tips to make this winter your most gorgeous one yet!

Treat Your Skin

Winter can be hard on the skin: the cold air and chilly wind can cause dryness, redness, and flaking. Combat this by treating yourself to a luxurious new moisturizer. Look for unperfumed, hypoallergenic options to prevent further irritation to your skin, and products that contain shea butter or coconut oil are particularly good due to their ability to replenish lost moisture and soothe. If you fancy putting together your own homemade skin treatments, there are many recipes to do so online; this is a great way to both save money, get sustainable, and know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.

When choosing make-up, opt for cream foundations or blush, rather than powder-based choices, to further nourish your skin and prevent dryness, and plump for moisturizing lipsticks and gloss to help your lips stay happy, too.

Upgrade Your Oral Hygiene Routine

One of the best things you can do, both in terms of your health and your makeover, is to think about your daily oral hygiene routine. Make sure that you’re using fluoride toothpaste and brushing at least twice a day and, ideally, using a mouth rinse after brushing once a day. Using floss or interdental brushes are also great ways to promote mouth health and fresh breath, and your dentist can give you further advice about this.

You may want to think about whitening your teeth. There are numerous kinds of toothpaste available that help to lighten teeth and remove stains, as well as traditional chemical-based whitening techniques. There are also new methods on the market that involve LED technology to make teeth whiter: read more here for further details. Typically, a device will need to be worn for ten minutes a day after applying a special serum to the teeth for ten consecutive days and is most appropriate for those wanting whiter teeth for a one-off special event.

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Happy Hair

If the dark months have got you feeling a little bleurggh, then one of the best pick-me-ups is a new ‘do’! Why not consider a low-maintenance cut to take away the hassle of worrying about what’s going on up top when it starts sleeting or the wind’s whipping up a storm? The pixie cut, or other close crops, are great for winter and are on-trend right now, too. Alternatively, the chin-grazing bob is a style choice that will never go out of fashion, and it’s super low-maintenance.

Just as your skin can suffer from dryness in the winter, so too can your hair. Give it some extra TLC with regular hair treatments and masks – and don’t forget to use a heat-protecting serum or spray every time you use your straighteners or curling tongs.

Clothing For a Cool Climate

It’s all about the layers! If it’s really cold, add a base layer of thermal or silk undergarments to keep you warm. Dresses can be worn over the top of long-sleeved shirts or tops, and add a fitted jacket, thick tights, and boots to complete the look.

Add a belt to sweater dresses, and trenchcoats to both create a stylish silhouette and keep you feeling cozy, and incorporate a blanket scarf to your outfits for warmth and instant glamor. Even long floaty evening gowns can be made winter-friendly by pairing with a leather or denim jacket for an edgy look, or a Merino wool cardigan, for a softer vibe. 

Make Time To Unwind

Winter can be hectic: Christmas preparations can get on top of us, and the long nights of the season can take their toll. Nurturing both our bodies and mind over these months is really important to stay well. No matter how busy things are, be sure to eat a balanced diet and with plenty of superfoods, like berries, oily fish, and dark, leafy greens. Keep yourself hydrated, too: especially over the festive period when your alcohol consumption may be higher than usual.

As much as the season seems made for snuggling up under a duvet, getting out and about for some exercise will do wonders for your body and mind, so try to winkle the family out for a frosty walk over the fields or head to the pool for a relaxing evening swim when you can.

Be sure to build regular downtime into your schedule, too. Maybe get into the habit of heading to bed half an hour earlier with herbal tea and a good book, or set aside an hour in the mornings for a mindfulness practice or to simply sit and watch the birds gathering in your garden.

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