Treat Your Skin Right

Your winter skin routine won't work now that the sun's rays are heating up. Use these tips to transition your skin from cold to warm weather care and make your face glow all summer long.

woman's feetUse a lighter moisturiser

Skin can get super-dry in the winter, so it makes sense to use a heavy lotion or crème to lock in moisturiser and prevent chapped and flaked skin. But these same products can weight your skin down and make it greasy in summer.

Try a lighter moisturizer -- remember to use one with an SPF -- that offers some self-tanning benefits and nourishes post-winter skin with hydrating ingredients.

Up the exfoliation

No more scaly lizard skin! Start prepping for summer by exfoliating twice weekly in circular motions. The Body Shop Moringa Body Scrub, $27.95, is one product that can give all-over smoothness after winter's taken its toll.

Start shaving

Winter is the month for the lazy. Not only can you hide your holiday pudge behind layers, but you can cover up your unshaven legs with pants. Start prepping to reacquaint your thighs and calves with the light of day by shaving with a gentle, moisturizing razor, which will minimize shaving rash.

Go from pale to peachy

The pale look is OK in winter, but you don't want to be the only white lily in a field full of golden flowers. To brighten up that mug, trade in blush for tinted moisturizer or bronzer. Apply it to your forehead, nose and cheeks to simulate a "real" tan.

Combat shine instead of dryness

Your once-dry winter skin now runs the risk of looking shiny or dehydrated if you don't use the right products. Look for products containing hyaluronic acid for hydration, Burdock extract and liquorice for exfoliation, Salicylic acid and rice bran to energise and Sesame seed extract to prevent shine, says Nine MSN Australia.

Buff thy feet

Now that they're out of hiding, we bet your peepers need some prepping before you can stroll confidently on the beach. Start by gentling sloughing off dry skin with a buffing paddle, then soak your feet in a tub of warm water and essential oils, says Cosmopolitan Australia.

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