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How to look after yourself this winter

Eating mangoes, avoiding hot showers and wearing sun cream are just some of the best ways to looking and feeling healthy this winter.

Online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com have come up with 15 ways to tame your tresses and banish skincare dryness this winter.

Hydration is key so they recommend drinking plenty of water, moisturising your skin and hair and investing in a humidifier.

Staying healthy by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and exercising regularly are also important.

Using the right products for the time of year also feature as well as DIY remedies like green tea bags on your eyelids and exfoliating lips with a toothbrush.

Joanne Dodds from Hairtrade.com said: “Winter conditions can be tough on your skin and hair and it’s easy to get lethargic with your routines in the colder months.

“But you need to take care of yourself throughout all the seasons, and especially this season if you want to look fresh and healthy for Christmas party month.

“From keeping your diet rich in vitamins to making sure you lock in moisture efficiently, our tips will have you set to take care of your skin and hair right through to Spring.”

Here are the site’s top winter skin and hair care tips:

1.     Avoid hot showers
It can be tempting to whack your shower temperature up full blast but this will damage your scalp and leave it flaky and can also strip your skin of moisture. Keep showers and baths to ten minutes and keep the water mid to lukewarm.

2.     Moisturise
Cold conditions can take your skins natural moisture away, so make sure not to skip your skincare routine in the morning and at night. It’s also great to moisturise your hair too. Try to use a hydrating mask to restore natural oils that might have been stripped away in the cold.

3.     Wear SPF
This may sound ridiculous in the colder months but UV damage can affect your skin all year round, especially if it snows and the sunlight glares back onto you. Try investing in a tinted moisturiser with SPF to use as your foundation.

4.     Invest in a humidifier
Chances are you’ll have the heating on full blast at home, which will suck out any remaining moisture in the air. Invest in a humidifier and have it on at night to stop your hair and skin drying out.

5.     Use a good facial oil
In the summer you want to avoid oil-based products but in the winter your skin will lap them up. Use a radiance boosting facial oil three times a week to banish dullness and replenish the top layers of your skin.

6.     Drink plenty of water
Don’t replace your eight glasses of water a day with hot chocolate and lattes. Make sure you stay hydrated in the winter months and your skin will thank you.

7.     Use vitamin E
Harsh winds can cause your hair to have split ends, so try rubbing vitamin E on the ends of your hair to replenish them. Some say massaging this miracle oil onto your scalp can make hair grow fast too.

8.     Eyes
The thin skin around your eyes is particularly vulnerable in the winter months so use a good eye cream. For a natural remedy, place some cooled green tea bags on your lids for five minutes before you go to bed.

9.     Keep washing your hair to a minimum
If you can, try and limit yourself to only washing your hair two or three times a week to prevent it from drying out in the cold. This will minimise the amount of heat styling you do as well, which can have double its effect in the cold.

10.  Eat your way to healthy skin
You may be craving comfort food at this time of the year but make sure to get a good dose of vitamin A and C in your diet. Stock up on mangoes, sweet potatoes and broccoli, which are all linked to keeping skin glowing.

11.  Exfoliate your lips
Having lip balm handy is great for chapped lips but sometimes it might not do the job. To exfoliate a flaky pout, use a clean toothbrush and gently exfoliate to remove dead skin. Slather on nourishing lip balm afterwards to lock in moisture.

12.  Have regular trips to the hairdresser
Keep your hair in good condition in these harsh months by visiting your salon regularly. Aim to go every six weeks to keep your ends tided up.

13.  Use a hand cream regularly
Your hands have to battle the elements too so use a hand cream daily if your skin is regularly dry. Invest in a silicone-based one that won’t leave you with slippery fingers.

14.  Keep wrapped up
Your mum was right about layering up in wintertime. Wear a scarf that gives good coverage over your face and neck to avoid windburn.

15.  Exercise
Working up the motivation to work out in winter can be difficult but it’s important to do it. Exercising regularly will improve circulation and give your skin colour. If you decide to brave the cold for a jog outside, make sure to wrap up.

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