Easy steps to tone, tighten and hydrate
If you feel tempted to skip the gym in lieu of a few more warm minutes under your doona this winter, but still want to look firm and toned, we have a secret - you can fake it! Here’s how to keep your skin soft, supple and looking taut during the winter period.
Freshen up your skin
Dead cells sitting on the skin’s surface make it look dull and dry. Exfoliate daily in the shower, keep your showers brief and use only lukewarm water rather than steaming hot, which will dry out your skin even more. Scrub we love: Sukin Energising Body Scrub – Coffee & Coconut.
Rethink your moisturiser
Hydration is key at this time of year, and it makes skin look more toned. But to combat winter’s extra-drying effects, you need to switch up your moisturisers. Try cream-based body washes or oil-based moisturisers to help lock in moisture. Pay extra attention to especially dry areas, such as elbows, knees and hands. Trilogy Everything Balm is perfect for the job.
Fake a golden glow
Pasty, patchy skin doesn’t scream toned, but a faux glow can, so take the time to apply a fake tan. You don’t have to go to extremes – just a subtle hint of colour will immediately slim, tone and even out your complexion. Try Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse. Avoid showering until at least eight hours after application to let colour develop, and use a mitt or gloves for a streak-free finish. And remember to exfoliate first!
Ditch the dimples
Help smooth and improve the appearance of cellulite or dimpled skin with specially formulated creams, designed to instantly tighten the surface of the body with antioxidants and vitamins. Use twice a day for optimum results. We like Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Smoother.
Break out the oils
As tempting as it is to step in from the cold and crank up the heat, sudden changes in temperature and air conditioners can strip the skin of its natural oils. Using oils like Alpha Keri Supple Skin Shower & Body Oil on your skin when you bath or shower is a great way to hydrate and trap moisture in the skin to keep it smooth and toned. Try adding a few drops into your bath for extra nourishment.
Try dry brushing
Your lymphatic system works to eliminate toxins from the body. Crank it up by massaging trouble spots such as upper arms, thighs, stomach and any cellulite with a loofah, body brush or sponge. Use gentle, circular motions to help tone and tighten. Try Manicare Dry Body Brush.
Want to look after your skin this winter without breaking the bank? These are our go-to budget body care buys for winter.
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.