Although we are totally enjoying the cooler weather in the Middle East, winter skin is a real struggle. Dry, scaly pins, tattered cuticles, and brittle hair are problems everyone faces during the colder months, so it's the perfect time to get serious about hydration. Here are a few easy tips to make sure skin is nourished, soft and smooth in the upcoming months. This winter, take a vow to treat all of your body parts with love and finally kiss dry skin goodbye.
If your skin isn't already irritated from the colder climate, it's always a good idea to gently exfoliate during the winter months. Regular, light exfoliation removes the build-up of excess dead skin cells. Once these dead skin cells are removed it reveals fresher, healthier skin while evening out the skin's texture. It also preps skin for other products such as serums and moisturisers to be absorbed deeper into skin. These are our favorites.
Body: A great body exfoliator is Clarins Tonic Body Polisher. It is infused with essential oils of rosemary, rosewood and mint and gently sloughs away dead skin cells.
Clarins Tonic Body Polisher, Dhs236 at Bloomingdales
Face: Sisley's Gentle Exfoliating Cream is a cult classic that we've been using for years. This gentle exfoliant sweeps away dead skin cells revealing luminous, radiant skin and is great for even the most sensitive skin.
Sisley Gentle Exfoliating Cream, Dhs343 at Harvey Nichols
Lips: Cracked and chapped lips are the biggest tell-tale sign of winter skincare woes. We love the Sephora Collection Kiwi Lip Scrub for getting rid of flaky, dry skin while gently prepping lips for your brightest lipstick.
Sephora Collection Kiwi Lip Scrub, Dhs30 at Sephora
Hair: Christophe Robin's Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt cleanses and balances even the most unruly scalps preparing hair for much needed nourishing and moisturizing treatments.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, Dhs143 at Sephora
Now that all of your body parts are soft and smooth, it's time to moisturise. Generally it's a good idea to user thicker, richer creams during the winter since skin needs extra hydration during the harsher, colder months.
Body: Dr. Barbara Sturm's Anti-Aging Body Cream is serious stuff! This rich cream leaves even the driest, scaliest skin soft, smooth and supple without a trace of greasiness. This has become one of our new must-haves!
Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream, www.net-a-porter.com
Face: We love Clinique's Moisture Surge Overnight Mask for the ultimate skincare hydration. Apply at night and wake up to softer and smoother skin!
Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, Dhs246 at Ounass
Lips: Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Lip Balm soothes even the driest lips. It's one of our beauty staples.
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing de Rose Lip Balm, Dhs210 at Harvey Nichols, Dubai
Hair: Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask is an intensive hydrating hair treatment that contains no sulfates, silicones or parabens and makes hair so soft and shiny.
Briogeo Don't Despair , Repair Deep Conditioning Mask, Dhs139 at Sephora
Hands & Nails: Of course, we can't forget about our hands and nails. The Sephora Collection of Hand Masks treats any of your hand and nail concerns. Choose the one that suits your needs.
*Bazaar tip: Apply some Vaseline around your cuticles before using the mask for hydration levels your hands and feet won't believe.
Sephora Collection Hand Masks, Dh20 at Sephora
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