7 ways you should be looking after your body this winter

Smooth and soften with these tips

So you’re ace at maintaining healthy facial skin when it’s cold, but how diligent are you when it comes to your body? The gloomier the weather, the lazier we tend to get, and that can leave our skin dry and dehydrated, which can lead to flaking, itching, and roughness. Not a great look. This season, fight the winter blues with these easy tips to up your moisture levels from top to toe.

1

Boost your bath

If you have the luxury of owning a tub, there’s nothing like a warm soak after a long day at work or a hard slog at the gym. But turn this moment of relaxation into a moisturising exercise by adding three to four drops of rosehip oil (like Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil) to running water for smoother and softer skin afterwards.

2

Moisturise your body

Sitting in front of the heater may feel nice, but the blowing heat can dry out skin in an instant. Replenish the loss of moisture with a lotion or cream that features a balanced humectant (a substance that helps reduce the loss of moisture) and emollient formula that can retain water on the surface of the skin and nourish deep within; something like Natural Instinct’s Silky Hydrating Body Lotion contains glycerine as well a triple threat of sweet almond, rosehip and jojoba oils that can improve your skin’s barrier function and improve moisture retention for longer.

TOP TIP: The best time to apply your moisturiser is just after a bath or shower when your skin is a still a bit damp.

3

Strengthen your nails

Due to dehydration and harsh weather conditions, you may be more susceptible to flaking nails in winter. Look out for something that’s keratin-based (such as Revitanail Keratin Strengthening Serum) that can mimic the naturally-occurring protein found in your nails to make them stronger in the long-run.

4

Hydrate your cuticles

There’s nothing more painful than a deep hangnail. Prevent it from happening by massaging cuticle oil into skin regularly; Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab works well here. This nifty buy comes with a built-in brush that makes the application process mess-free.

5

Look after your feet

It may not be the season for sandals, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect the health of your feet. A hydrating lotion, such as Jergens Foot Cream, can soften hydrate the skin, as well as nix cracked heels and the like. Bonus: this formula is also infused with vitamin C and E to brighten and nourish the area; simply pop the product on right before bed, followed by a pair of socks to let the product sink in.

6

Eliminate rough skin

Give scaly skin the flick with a granular scrub that’ll work well even on areas like your elbows and knees. A densely-packed exfoliator that works hard physically and chemically, like Priori Advanced AHA Invigorating Face & Body Scrub, can smooth rough areas and leave your body glowing.

7

Makeover your menu

Eat your way to fabulous skin by adding foods full of fatty acids into your diet. Include ingredients like nuts and olive oil daily, and fish from two to three times a week - your skin will seriously thank you for it.

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.