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The cold and harsh winter can certainly play havoc with my body. I go from a summer where I hardly need moisturiser to what seems to an overnight switch to a tight and dry face. But I am armed with knowledge this year, and I’m happy to share some winter beauty tips!

Cleanser

I use a mild cleanser most of the year which gets rid of makeup and does it’s job. Over winter, I’m switching to one that has moisturising properties (Nivea Daily Essentials Cleansing Mousse) so that I don’t strip my skin of any more moisture. A lot of the time, I’m skeptical about any product that suggests it does anything but one singular thing, but so far I’m finding this is helping the tight feeling while also getting rid of my makeup daily.

Water temperature

Usually during winter my showers and face washing is set to the highest possible temperature my face and body can take, but I’m trying to take it down a notch so that I don’t unknowingly cause damage to my skin. It’s a small sacrifice and I still love a good hot water bottle on a winters night with a tea and ugg boots in front of an indulgently pathetic TV show, but I’ve noticed a difference in the skin on my body after a shower. It’s more supple when I don’t subject it to near-scalding temperatures!

Wind in my hair

The windblown look was all the rage twenty or more years ago and I’m embarrassingly happy to share that I partook in the phenomenon back then. But times have changed and I am now no longer happy to sport the style, so I moisturise my hair too, and not just conditioner in the shower. I’ve switched to a dry conditioner (Cedel) which is light enough to style my hair without residue, but heavy enough to coat my hair so that it falls back in to straight place once I get inside. If I’m planning on using my straightener, I also use a straightening balm or spray (Garnier or John Frieda) to add a bit of extra protection.

Moving

Rather than moving house (I wish) this is more the not-succumbing-to-the-winter-under-the-doona that I generally try to get away with. I bought myself a smart pedometer (Fitbit) and am tracking every step I take as well as any exercise I do. I would like to say I’m smashing my 10,000 steps per day goal, but I’m trending around the 8,000 mark. The trend is going upward as I compete with my husband for daily superiority, though! I’m hit and miss on tracking food depending on how good I’ve been (MyFitnessPal app) – I seem to conveniently forget the fun sized Milky Ways I share with my daughter…

Winter is always a challenge to feel like doing anything, but I’m hoping these changes I’ve made will at least help in the chilly battle.

  • All great tips to keep in mind,thanks!

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  • yeah the dry, itchy skin is the only issue that i have in winter oh and also dry lips lol. luckily these are easily fixed

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  • Have to look out for Cedel Dry conditioner, thanks for sharing these great tips with us.

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  • Don’t get me started on My Fitness Pal omissions.

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  • Some excellent ideas here thanks for that . I survived most of winter until I got to school and had a child cough in my face and that was the end of that.

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  • Some excellent pointers here. thanks.heaps. xo

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  • Something to take onboard with the cooler weather. I use bio oil as a moisturiser year round, but during the cooler months use it twice a day to combat dryness. I love it.

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  • I’ll watch the temperature of my shower tomorrow night.. I love having a scalding hot shower!!

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  • a great read and something to think about with the coming colder days

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  • Perfect read now that the chills are kicking in!

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  • I’ll have to check the temperature of the water I am washing my face with

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  • This is a great read of useful information. I need to turn my shower down too.

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  • thankyou great article

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  • I have to admit that since my hair dries curly I only tend to condition about once a week. Very lackadaisical I know, but when I can shampoo, comb, finger tousle and go, it is very tempting to only do that and no more. Dear hair, I will try to treat you better this year.

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  • The cleanser tip is really helpful. just coming back to say thanks for sharing!

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