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Don’t let winter stop you from being radiant inside and out. Local celebs, experts and beauty influencers share their secrets to keeping your glow all the way through the chilly months – and most require nothing more than simple tweaks to your daily routine.
First and most important is to keep yourself and your skin hydrated – the key to looking amazing and preventing the dullness from creeping in. Up your water intake, as your body’s thirst response won’t be as apparent when it’s cold, advises nutrition expert Andrea du Plessis. “The moment you become dehydrated your skin can become dry, chapped and dull-looking,” she notes.
Mirjana Brlečić, the founder of Nikel Cosmetics, agrees, adding that winter is the time to up the moisture intake specifically for your skin. The luxurious Nikel Anti-Wrinkle Elixir with 12 Plants the perfect answer. “Just add a few drops to your normal moisturiser at night and it will fight the signs of dehydration and leave your skin feeling velvety soft,” says Brlečić.
South African beauty blogger and influencer Sue Led knows that winter can wreak havoc on the skin, so in addition to keeping well hydrated, she makes sure to always start her day with a fresh green juice packed with kale. “Kale is crammed with vitamin A, which helps promote cell regrowth and healthy cell turnover,” she explains.
A healthy diet will ensure good collagen production, essential to keeping your body and skin strong. Eat protein-rich foods, like chicken, beef, beans and eggs, Du Plessis advises, as well as those rich in vitamin C, zinc and copper, such as winter fruit like guavas, shellfish and whole grains.
Nikelift Face Cream stimulates collagen, enhances elastin production and helps restore the epidermis. It also smooths wrinkles and fine lines while preventing their further development.
Another significant winter issue is also the constantly fluctuating temperatures to which we expose our skin. Try to not use too much artificial heating in your home or workplace, as this dries the skin easily. “And stick to a beauty routine both in the morning and at night,” advises beauty blogger Siobhan Yeatman of sugarspiceblog2.
Exercising in winter can also cause your skin to dehydrate due to quicker evaporation of perspiration. Make sure to cleanse immediately after exercising. “Using the Nikel Cleansing Milk with Immortelle has really helped keep my skin clean but doesn’t strip it of moisture, as it doesn’t contain either alcohol or mineral oil,” says Led.