With the chilly winter months now well and truly upon us here in the Southern Hemisphere, the contrasting cold outside temperatures and indoor heating can wreck havoc with your skin and hair. There are some simple things you can do to help ensure you stay hydrated in both DIY recipes for those of you that like to make things from scratch or products that can be purchased from stores for the busy pinup on the go.
The first thing that can really suffer in winter time is your skin. Ensure it’s well hydrated and if you have indoor heating like heat pumps or work in air conditioning, try keeping a bowl of water close to where you work to keep the air around you moist.
HYDRATING FACE MASK
DIY- Avocado, egg yolk and honey: Mix 2 tbsp of avocado with 2 tbsp of manuka honey and 1 tbsp of egg yolk in a blender. Apply to your face and leave for 30-45 mins then rinse with warm water. This is a super hydrating mask and manuka honey is a anti-bacterial to help clear blemishes.
Approximate cost per mask- $5.50 depending on the price of avocados
Vegan? Try Avocado, Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
STORE- LUSH Oatifix which soothes and softens with fresh bananas, ground almonds, oats and illipe butter. After just 10mins, Oatifix made my skin feel like new- so soft and supple! Oatifix contains mostly fresh and natural ingredients with no preservatives so you do need to store it in the fridge and used before the best before date.
RRP- NZ$18.90 /75g
Buy from LUSH Stores nationwide or online.
DIY- Find a small, dark tinted glass jar (keeps the oil fresh) and fill it 2/3 with sweet almond oil, then fill the rest of the bottle to nearly the top with Rosehip Seed Oil. Finally, add 3-4 drops of Lavender oil (enough to JUST be able to smell it) and shake it up! Store in a dark place and it will last 8-12 months.
There are so many beneficial oils you could use on your skin but I chose these as a good all-round face oil that will help tired and dry winter skin. Sweet Almond Oil is a anti-inflammatory and super moisturising, Rosehip Seed Oil is incredibly regenerating and anti-ageing and Lavender Oil is very healing so perfect for acne that can sometimes make a appearance in winter.
Approximate cost (based on essentialoil.co.nz) for 80ml – $24.00
STORE- Antipodes Joyous Protein Rich Night Replenish Serum. With it’s main ingredients of Goji berries (they contain 19 amino acids), wild blackcurrent which is a source of essential fats and hibiscus flower to freshen your complexion, this Serum helps to rejuvenate and nourish your skin as you get your beauty sleep! It feels incredibly nourishing and luxurious to apply and smells delicious.
RRP- $57.20 /30ml
Buy from stores like Farmers, health shops or online.
DIY- Apply organic coconut oil to dry hair, leaving it for 1 hour and then wash out with shampoo and conditioner. If you have a retro hood-dryer, you can even sit under that to help open the cuticle and allow the oil to penetrate deeper. Coconut oil is great for damaged, dry hair and even if you are suffering from dandruff!
Approximate cost per treatment- $2
STORE- Davines All In One Milk Leave In Treatment. Hydrating, nourishing and a heat protecter, all in one nifty spray bottle. With active ingredients Provitamin B5 and Roucou Oil, this products adds softness, shine, is a fantastic detangler and super conditioning. Especially amazing for fine, frizzy hair as it also really helps to de-frizz and make it more manageable. Spray 10-15 times on towel dried hair after every wash.
RRP – $37 /135ml
Buy from Davines stockists or online.