Hey everyone! It’s Fiona back here and I’m taking over for another #Kaytips article that will hopefully be quite accurate judging by the weather shift we’re facing. Winter is here! Days are getting shorter, coats thicker and more oversized than ever… It feels like the right time to winter-ize our routine! My skin (and mood) tend to totally freak out when winter arrives. We all talk a lot about skin and body protection for the summer days but it is also important to be well informed and prepared when it comes to winter. Harsh wind, dry air and cold temperature leaving our skin red and irritated is one thing, it is also scientifically proven that we tend to eat more sugar and fat due to a lack of sunlight.
Don’t worry guys, we are all on the same boat. You’ll find below a list of tips to smooth your winter transition “The Kayture” way. Bellow, you’ll be able to read about a few tips which hopefully can inspire you to elevate your winter by changing your beauty routine, trying new products, enhancing your eating habits to cold weather-proof your body. Let’s get started!
1 S T O P C O F F E E , D R I N K T E A
Hard one, I know… I can’t live without it either but a fact is a fact, caffeine dehydrates your skin like crazy. So take it easy with the 5 lattes per day…! Hot water on the other hand is a great hydrator. I promise that having an hot tea wrapped in your fluffy blanket while watching “Love Actually” is the best thing that can happen to you on a freezing night.
2 H Y D R A T E , N O W!
A few weeks ago Kristina offered a “Magic Cream” from Charlotte Tilbury to me and man, I don’t know how I was living without it. Whenever I feel dehydrated or tired and my skin needs some boost, I go ahead and use it. It makes me feel fresh like a flower all day long. It’s a very rich, nourishing moisturizer but it doesn’t leave your skin too oily at all. You should also try to change your usual cleanser for a creamy, balm version as the formulas tend to be more natural and friendlier to your epidermis. Our favorite is from Eve Lom and yes, it’s a little investment but it’s for a very good cause… your skin!!! And if you’re still not convinced, Vogue US declared that it’s “probably the best cleanser in the world”, so you know, just saying’…
I like to avoid toner (especially those with alcohol) during winter and go easy on face exfoliation (once a week) because the skin is fragile enough and believe me, you don’t need any more aggressive formulas to irritate your skin when weather conditions are already unpleasant. However it is important to get rid of dead skins and renew your skin cells, so don’t forget to scrub it out! If you’re on a budget: Strawberries and Honey. It’s not only a tasty snack, it can save your skin’s life during the drier months. Just mash 4 strawberries with honey and scrub it all over your face. For a major glowy skin -au naturel- leave it on for 15 minutes. You’re welcome.
3 I T’ S A L L A B O U T
W H A T Y O U E A T
Avocado is your new best friend. I learned that from Larry Sims, celebrity hairstylist. Because of the natural oils that promote hair health and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium, it is one of the richest and healthiest snack your could find. Same for nuts, it’s the gem to maintain a healthy complexion. Using a daily moisturizer isn’t always good enough, you need to hydrate your skin from the inside : Omega-3 fatty acids are ruling it. We’re talking tuna, salmon, spinach, kale… Juices and Smoothies are the best energy booster, be creative!
4 H O T W A T E R I S O V E R
A hot, steamy bath is probably this one ultimate craving you may have during colder months… but what many don’t know is how bad it is for your skin as heat will dry it out and leave it susceptible to outdoor damage. The only hot water you should have is tea. So try to avoid long showers or baths… Yet if the temptation is still too big (bubble baths are the best, let’s just admit it), you definitely should use lukewarm water. No matter what happens, don’t forget to MOISTURIZE after every shower to keep those cells regenerating!
5 L I G H T A C A N D L E
Burning a candle and snuggling in bed is the best thing in the world… Imagine yourself on a Sunday afternoon, it’s 5pm and already dark outside. You had a very cozy day, just re-organized your closet, been listening to some music in your bedroom… What’s missing there? Obviously candles! It brings the comfiest vibe (and scent) possible to a room. To be honest I tend to burn 2 jars every week. I’m so obsessed with candles, it quite crazy. It makes me feel amazing. Don’t need a lot, just gimme a BYREDO and a DYPTIQUE and I’m an happy woman.
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