Make Time for YOU This Winter

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Winter Beauty by Sassy Hicks

At this time of the year, remembering to indulge in some much needed ‘me time’ is an essential tactic to surviving the festive season.

With so much going on and so many things to do, forgetting to take care of your mind, body and soul can quickly wear you down and leave you feeling more ‘bah humbug’ than ‘merry and bright’ and seasonal stress can also impact on your immune system, leaving you open to a plethora of winter germs.

So you really do owe it to yourself to take time out for a pampering session.

Don’t feel guilty!

Out of all the seasons, this can be the one which leaves us with the least time to do things for ourselves, so make the most of any spare time you might have: from a brisk five minutes in-between wrapping yet more gifts to a blissful hour before the turkey needs carving.

Whatever time you can spare, fitting in some of these ideas will leave you feeling rested, relaxed and recharged for the New Year ahead – enjoy.

The sprouts are cooking – I have 5 minutes

If you aren’t already taking one, use a few minutes to find a good multivitamin to help your immune system cope this season.

We love Multibionta Vitality (£5.99, Boots) as they contain a Probiotic and slow release B vitamins to give you energy throughout the day – just what you need for battling the hordes on Christmas Eve.


For a fast beauty treat, smooth on a quick action face mask to replenish any moisture in your skin that you might have lost on bracing winter walks.

The HydraQuench Cream Mask by Clarins (£33, House of Fraser) works in five minutes and leaves skin feeling super soft.

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The cocktails are chilling – I have 15 minutes

Prepare for all those festive parties by using fifteen minutes now to give yourself a glow. Hop into a steamy shower and apply the magical St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion (£14.95, Boots).

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Leave on damp skin for just three minutes, rinse off and in a few hours you will have a subtle golden glow.

To treat your tresses, run the Tigi S-Factor Serious Conditioner (£8.95, Amazon) from root to tip for five minutes for bouncy, shiny hair.

serious conditioner

After your shower, use a good facial moisturiser to combat any dry patches and to prepare your skin for party makeup.

The Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief cream (£34, Clinique) plumps up skin for a full 24 hours and helps to banish dullness.


Present wrapping – I have 30 minutes

All that pounding the pavements looking for presents and waiting in supermarket queues can take its toll on your toes, so get sandal ready for NYE parties fast with a 30 minute pedicure.

Start by soaking feet in warm water and drop in a tablet of Foot Soak And Fancy Free (£3.95, Lush) to soften up hard skin.

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Follow this by rubbing in Peppermint Foot Scrub (£7.00, Body Shop) to increase circulation and to slough off dry patches.

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Rinse, pat dry and moisturise with the intensive Soap & Glory Heel Genius (£5, Boots).

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Finish off with an all in one nail polish in cherry red – the perfect hue for Christmas! Try ‘All Fired Up’ Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Colour (£9.99, Boots).


Make the most of a full hour of relaxation by starting with a warm bath and adding in a capful of Knackered Cow Bath & Body Oil (£20, M&S)


to revive and rejuvenate and follow with a gentle body scrub to help get your glow back – try Gentle Polish Body Scrub by Sanctuary (£5, Boots).

post bath

Post bath; relax for ten minutes wrapped in a warm, fluffy towel then layer on Ultra Rich Body Cream (£32, L’Occitane).

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to add moisture to parched winter skin. Use the remaining time to get groom your brows, eyelashes and lips. Tweeze stray hairs from under your arch using the fool proof Tweezerman tweezers (£15, Amazon) to help frame your face and to give tired eyes a lift.


Save on mascara time by lightly applying a safe eyelash dye that works fast to give you lustrous lashes – try Colorsport 30 Day Mascara Kit (£8, Boots).



Finally, make lips mistletoe ready by lightly rubbing with Santa’s Lip Scrub (£5.50, Lush)


and adding a layer of the exceptional Rodial Stemcell Lip Balm (£19, ASOS) for a party ready pout.