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Guestpost: 5 Tips to Keep You Fresh this winter

Protect yourself against the harsh elements of winter


With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, winter can be a real drag at times. You’re faced with seeing less sunlight and dealing with all the woes of being trapped indoors day in and day out. The cold weather brings on scarves and boots… and dry skin and static hair. What’s a girl to do?


1. Don’t neglect the SPF

Just because you think you’re not seeing the light of day doesn’t give you a free pass to skip the sunscreen – you still need to lather that pretty face up. Find a facial moisturiser that has SPF built into it to combat not only the sun’s sneaky little rays, but also another irritating winter foe: dry skin. Ahava’s Facial Moisturiser fights the sun’s rays as well as providing a unique anti-ageing formula and intense hydration.


2. Take warm, not hot, showers

As tempting as it may be to turn the shower to piping hot to warm you up in the mornings, that’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Taking hot showers will dry your skin out. Instead take warm showers and be sure to lotion up after to keep your skin from getting dry and flaky.


3. Pay attention to your lips

It’s easy to get caught up making sure your hands and face are receiving adequate moisturizing, but your lips shouldn’t be neglected either! Winter brings chapped lips on in full force, so always keep a tube of lip balm – preferably one with SPF – with you to keep them from cracking. Remember to treat your lips to a DIY exfoliation treatment from time to time, as detailed in this previous PTTS article.


4. Exfoliate weekly

No one wants to show up to the company Christmas party looking like Rudolph. Since your nose is one of the most exposed parts of your body, it needs some TLC too. Body Scrubs from The Sanctuary, such as their Thermal Body Polish will do just the trick while warming your skin.  Exfoliate once or twice a week and make sure to keep your skin hydrated with a hydrating moisturiser, such as Origins A Perfect World Hydrating Body Lotion.


5. Feet matter too

It’s easy to forget about your feet because they stay bundled up during the winter months, but winter is the prime time for them to become dry and cracked. Use foot balms before putting on socks to keep them smooth, so that they emerge from the winter months looking healthy not scary. L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Foot Cream is an indulgent foot remedy that doesn’t break the bank.


Most people think that dry skin is just a by-product of the harsh winter months, but there are ways to keep you looking fresh and vibrant throughout even the coldest winters. By implementing these tips the winter blahs won’t stand a chance!


Written by Mary Edwards – a contributor and editor for various dating sites. She is passionate about thought leadership writing, regularly contributing to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting and online dating communities. Contact Mary: edwardsmary936@


Top 5 Exfoliating Scrubs

Exfoliating your skin promotes radiance and health

“The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up”

Marilyn Monroe

Exfoliating our skin every few days is key to achieving glowing body parts in the summer months, especially when said body parts have not seen the daylight since the sunny season came to an end nine months ago.

The ingredients in exfoliating scrubs serve to buff our skin by removing dead skin cells and subsequently expose the layer of new skin cells underneath. Yes, it’s a chore and one extra thing to add to your shower-time ‘to do’ list, but the results are undoubtedly worth the effort. What’s more, it can combat the long term effects of aging and minimise cellulite. So grab yourself a mitt, sponge or brush and get scrubbing with our top 5 exfoliators!

1. Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub, 150ml, £24

If you’re looking for top-of-the-league skincare, then look no further than in Elemis’ range. Although slightly pricey, Elemis’ spa-worthy products can do no wrong, offering quality ingredients and skin-friendly cosmetics. This refreshing mint-infused scrub uses revitalising sea plant particles and antiseptic Essential Peppermint Oil to rid your torso of old skin.

2. The Sanctuary Radiance Exfoliator, 100ml, £10.20

The fine particles of this scrub promotes a non-abrasive and less harsh formula, combining apricot granules and grape seed for exfoliation purposes with natural pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts to renew. While this exfoliator is specifically stated for facial use, The Sanctuary’s Body Scrub employs orange oil and pumice particles for a more rigorous all-over exfoliation.

3. Simple Exfoliating Body Wash, 250ml, £2.05

For those of sensitive skin type, try Simple’s dermatologically tested and non-perfumed body wash. Pro Vitamin B5 softens and smoothes the skin, as natural loofah ensures pesky dead skin is washed away. Use alongside Simple Oil Balancing facial exfoliator of the same brand which incorporates witch hazel and zinc to exfoliate the face while simultaneously eradicating oil build-up.

4. L’Occitane Brightening Instant Exfoliator, 75ml, £24

For those who suffer from an uneven skin tone or mild Rosacea, L’Occitane’s offer in exfoliation is a good bet. The Bellis Perennis extract is responsible for evening out your complexion, while the pure and organic Immortelle Essential Oil stimulates collagen production and cell renewal for more youthful, healthier skin.

5. DIY exfoliator

The cheapest of the bunch and just as effective, a homemade body exfoliator can work wonders to enhance skin radiance. A Honey Cinammon scrub will work wonders for sufferers of mild skin conditions – mix 2tbsp of honey with 2tbsp of cinammon, apply in circular motions to the desired areas and wash off with warm water. Alternatively 2tbsp of white/brown sugar mixed with 4tbsp of olive oil, infused with an optional few drops of Essential Oil such as lavender, acts as another revitalising scrub.

Telltale tip: Always moisturise after exfoliating in order to lock in hydration and protect the new layer of skin from the drying effects of the summer weather

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