Winter sun getaways. They’re great aren’t they? Something for us to look forward to in those seemingly never ending cold winter months.
But as great as they are, there are many things for us girls to remember when preparing for a holiday – and even more in the winter than a summer break! In the summer months, holiday clothes, swimwear and accessories are easily accessible, and we are all primed for the summer sun with moisturised skin, hair plucked, exfoliated skin and manicured nails looking perfect.
But in winter, it’s a little difficult. We haven’t seen the sun for months, let alone managed to exfoliate. Hair and faces have been hidden underneath big hats, so it’s a shock when we have to expose our cheeks to the bright sunshine.
There are easy and effective ways of priming your skin and all using items from our kitchen cupboards! Here are some fantastic DIY facemasks:
With wine you’ll be fine!
Ingredients: 1 glass of red wine, half a glass of kaolin clay (sold at health food shops), 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, 1 tablespoon organic oat flour (also at health food shops).
Method: Combine all ingredients. Apply to the face, neck and décolletage. Rinse with warm water after 10 minutes.
The benefits: Resveratrol, the powerful antioxidant in wine has been said to repair sun damage. Kaolin clay draws out impurities, the grapeseed oil moisturises and the oat flour gently exfoliates.
Berry hydrating facial
Ingredients: 10 fresh strawberries, ¼ cup bee pollen (sold at health food shops), 3 tablespoons raw honey (also at health food shops). 1 tablespoon olive oil mayonnaise and a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Method: Combine all ingredients. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
The benefits: Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C and also contain alpha hydroxy acids, that exfoliate the skin, as does the bee pollen granules. The olive oil moisturises while the mayonnaise softens the skin. The lavender is purely for aromatherapy.
A beer brightener
Ingredients: 1 egg white, half a glass of beer (yes really!), and 2 teaspoons of fresh lime juice.
Method: Combine the egg white, beer and the lime juice. Apply to the face. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water.
Benefits: Beer is a soothing cleanser and contains vitamin B, hops, saccharides and yeast, which help to dissolve dead cells and increase the skins luminosity. When mixed with egg white, the yeast in the beer creates a filmy mask that hydrates and improves the elasticity of the skin. A dash of lime is a source of vitamin C, helping to clear pores and fade brown spots.
Seafolly swimwear at Beach and Body
Now your skin is bright and looking fresh, what better way to celebrate than treating yourself to some beautiful swimwear for your getaway?
With Seafolly’s head designer Genelle Walcom, who has designed the Seafolly swimwear range since 1979, ensures that ladies continue to love her style.
The great news about Seafolly is that our Beach and Body beauties can mix and match their full swimwear outfits we have loads of choices! Bandeau bikinis or soft cup bikinis for a full bust, two styles of pant classic brief or tie side pant, and matching sarongs or kaftans!