Words: Natalie Roos
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Patchy, dry skin, flakey legs, red areas - sadly there's more to winter than log fires and hot chocolates, which is why we chatted to beauty blogger Natalie Roos to get the low-down on how to keep your gorgeous glow throughout winter...
Hydrate from the inside: Water is essential for flushing toxins from your skin and keeping it moisturised. Drinking eight glasses of water in chilly weather can be difficult so try herbal or rooibos tea and don't be tempted to add sugar.
Easy on the eyes:The skin around your eyes is incredibly delicate and takes a beating from applying and removing makeup every day. Protect your skin by using a drop of Bio-Oil on a cotton pad. It helps to remove any eye make-up but also hydrates the skin around your eyes. I also use it to remove red or stubborn lipstick.
Be safe with sunscreen: Even the UV light inside your office can be harmful to your skin, so it is essential that you apply a good sunscreen daily. Don't think UV light is gone when it's raining outside, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Exfoliate: To keep skin, young, elastic and primed for moisturiser to absorb, regular exfoliating is key. Exfoliate all over your body on dry skin before you jump into the shower. Make your own with mielie meal, Bio-Oil, honey, and lemon juice. It moisturizes while it exfoliates.
Fancy feet: A few times a week, after a shower, slather some Bio-Oil on your feet and wrap them in a pair of fluffy socks. The heat and the lotion will work together throughout the night to soften and moisturise your feet and cuticles.
Bright with bronzer: Don't be scared of bronzer, you can use it to shape and contour your face and add a beautiful, healthy glow to your skin. Apply a bronzer that contains just a small amount of shimmer using a large blusher brush. Starting underneath your cheek bones, dust the bronzer in the shape of the number 3: cheekbone, hairline, jaw. Use a little across the top of your forehead and a small amount down the bridge of your nose. Don't forget to dust a little bronzer on your neck so that it matches your face. Take it easy to start off with and try not to overdo it.
Red lipstick for day or night: Nothing adds glamour like a red pout. Red lips can take any outfit from drab to chic with just a slick of your favourite red lipstick. Black jeans, white t-shirt and a simple pair of heels? Tie your hair in up a high bun, add your favourite red and revel in your chicness. It's best to ask one of the retail consultants at your favourite beauty counter to help you pick the right shade. Play around and find the one that best suits your complexion.
Fill in your eyebrows: Beautifully shaped eyebrows can literally make you look five years younger. Get them professionally shaped and use a taupe brown with an angled brush to fill in the sparse patches. Beautiful eyebrows are to your face, what a gorgeous frame is to a painting. It just brings the whole look together.
Natalie's secret weapon: For dry, chapped lips I always use nipple cream. It absorbs into your lips leaving them soft and moisturized and it also acts as a barrier against wind and the cold, protecting the delicate skin.