Although cooler weather means we can finally break out our leather jackets and add our favourite jeans to the weekly rotation, winter pretty much sucks the life right out of our skin and hair and there’s no hiding it with your regular beauty regimen.
Don’t let your beauty routine fall by the wayside this season; give your body that extra TLC when it needs it the most.
We caught up with a few Brisbane experts to find out how changing our winter beauty regimen can keep us feeling our best all year long.
GET YOUR LEGS SUMMER-READY
Most Brisbane folk struggle to adjust to the cooler weather, but we all love rugging up in winter. The cooler months are the perfect time to tackle any treatments that may require you to cover up.
Dr Nicholas Kemp of the Leg Vein Doctor says winter is the most popular time for varicose or spider vein treatments, as you can hide the post-treatment compression stockings under trousers. Or order them in black so they just look like regular tights! Put in the time now to get your legs ready to run bare in summer.
HYDRATION IS KEY
According to Rebecca Medcalf, Emma Dowling and Melissa Krueger (owners of Brisbane-based business Organic Index), chemical-free beauty is the way of the future when it comes to skincare.
The Organic Index team believes winter is the perfect time to switch to a heavier and more nourishing moisturiser. Mukti Marigold Hydrating Crème is their go-to as it relieves, soothes, and hydrates the skin with bioactive native extracts of Kakadu plum, cornflower and willow bark.
They also recommend introducing a super-hydrating face oil into your beauty regimen. WildCrafted Organics Rejuvenating Serum is packed full of natural oils such as camellia, argan, rosehip and vitamin E to make your skin feel smooth, soft and nourished.
KEEP YOUR LOCKS LUSCIOUS
Love it or hate it, winter is coming, and that means it’s time to change up your regular hair routine. Trish Spessa of Fluid The Color Salon says lathering your hair with lots of moisture and beautiful serums is the key to avoiding a dry and flaky scalp and lacklustre locks.
When it comes to colouring, those with dark hair should opt for warmer tones and add hints of caramel, cocoa, and golden to copper hues. Blondes should look to soften their tones with root blushes and colour melts rather than harsh bleaching, which will only make the hair dry and brittle.
NOURISH INSIDE AND OUT
Now is the perfect time to start introducing oils and balms into your nightly skincare routine.
“I’m absolutely loving WildCrafted Organics Everlasting Beauty Balm. It even has 24k gold in it!” says Natalie Sellars from Kindred Toxin Free Facial Studio.
“If you have acne-prone or reactive skin, an anti-inflammatory skin shot like the Miskin Blackcurrant CO2 extract I use in my salon is great. Anything with Manuka honey will be good, too,” says Natalie.
“I'd also suggest hydrosol-based products like rose mists to give an additional boost,” Natalie says. “Of course, beauty is from the inside out, too, so add broths to your diet, indulge in infra-red saunas and swap that second coffee for an herbal tea instead. Massages are also great to relax while stimulating a sluggish lymph system that can often creep up on us as we slow down in winter.”