How to stay warm this winter without looking like a hot mess

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“It’s so cold today,” is what just about everyone is saying right now.

Winter is here and the temperatures seem to be dropping more and more each day.

And the colder it gets the more clothes we want to throw on.

It’s tempting to just wear layers and layers of clothes and not care much about what you look like.

While we’re all trying to stay warm, it doesn’t mean that you have to look like a hot mess while doing so.

If you want to look good while keeping the cold out, here are styling tips on how to do so.


We’re all wearing layers of clothes right now, but how we do it is important. Wearing thermal underwear is a great place to start.

If you don’t have thermals then a long-sleeved top will do. For extra warmth, you can then add a sweater, like a fleecy top or knit, or even a cardigan over that.

When heading out complete your look with a trendy coat. Puffer jackets are trending right now.

Invest in a great coat

A good quality coat is an investment that will last for years. Look for a coat with a classic silhouette and neutral colour made from a material that will keep you warm and protected from the elements. Wool and down are great choices for winter coats.


Accessories can add both style and warmth to your winter outfit. Gloves, scarves and hats are essentials. Look for items made of warm materials like wool or cashmere. You can also add a pop of colour to brighten up a neutral outfit.

Choose the right footwear

A great pair of boots are the obvious choice for winter. For casual looks, you can opt for fur or shearing-lined boots. For a more dressy look opt for leather or suede ankle or thigh-high boots.

Don’t forget about socks and stockings

Layering socks is another way to keep your feet warm. Start with a thin pair of socks, then add a thicker pair on top. Look for socks made of wool or other warm materials.

You can also wear thick stockings or leggings under your pants for an extra layer of warmth.

Stick to warm fabrics

When choosing your winter wardrobe, stick to fabrics that will keep you warm. Wool, cashmere, and down are great choices for outerwear, while flannel, fleece, and velvet are perfect for indoor clothing.

 On another note, here are three natural winter skin hacks for a gorgeous glow.

Almost every year, Africans like saying: “This winter is going to be super cold”, which hardly happens. But this year, it’s definitely going to be extremely cold.

With the rain and the load shedding, we need to buckle up because it’s going to get freezing.

One thing we must never compromise on is the skincare. Skin gets super sensitive in winter, and with all the dry winds, it’s better to prevent the damage while we still can.

Nicole Sherwin, Founder of Eco Diva Natural, says the first step towards a glowing complexion in winter is to hydrate from within.

“Rather embrace the beauty of winter with a radiant complexion that will turn heads wherever you go. Grab your favourite moisturiser, prepare a wholesome meal, and let your skin shine bright like a winter wonderland. Because, you deserve it,” says Sherwin.

One thing we must never compromise on is the skincare. Skin gets super sensitive in winter, and with all the dry winds, it’s better to prevent the damage while we still can. Below are three natural winter skin hacks you can try to maintain a gorgeous glow all season long.

Hydration heroes: drink up and moisturise — Hydration starts from within. It is advisable to sip on some hearty warm herbal teas.

Herbal teas like chamomile, green tea, and peppermint are not only soothing, but also packed with antioxidants that help combat inflammation and protect your skin from environmental stressors, so heartwarming for the body, mind and skin.

Additionally, invest in a rich, nourishing moisturiser that suits your skin type and balances your skin microbiome. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, vitamin C and squalene to lock in moisture and protect your skin’s barrier.

Exfoliation elixir – Buff away dryness. Exfoliation is the best for achieving a healthy winter glow. Gentle exfoliation removes dead skin cells, allowing moisturisers and serums to penetrate more effectively.

Opt for a mild exfoliating scrub like the ecofoliant skin polish that won’t irritate your skin. Exfoliate once or twice a week to avoid over-exfoliation, which can lead to irritation.

Winter diet delights; nourish from within — What you eat has a direct impact on your skin’s health. Winter is not the time to stuff your face with junk. Instead, stock up on foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats.

Foods like avocados, walnuts, berries, and spinach are particularly beneficial. Additionally, you can take a daily supplement of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help combat dryness and inflammation.

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