The Shanghai winter can be a brutal mistress, and most of the time it’s all we can do to keep our apartments warm, let alone maintain any kind of beauty standards. But we promise, these little tricks below take very little time and prep, and they really work! Stay beautiful this winter, and if you haven’t got the energy (urgh, we totally get it) why not let the pros take care of you? We have a ton of health and beauty treatments that we know you’re gonna love!

  1. Put Tea Bags on Wind-chapped Lips  

This is a super good hack and it feels super nice, especially if the teabags have been in the fridge. Brew your favourite cuppa and keep the bags in a ziplock, then just dab on chapped areas for instant relief and hydration!  

2. Add Oatmeal to your Bath

This one obviously relies on your having a tub, but if  you do, this little trick really does wonders for dry, winter-battered skin. This is a tip directly from the team at Cosmopolitan, so you know it’s gonna work wonders.

3. Put a humidifier on your desk

With the warm AC or central air blasting, it can start feeling very dry, very quickly. Grab a mini humidifier and put it on your desk or your bedside table to make sure the air doesn’t dry out your face, nose, and throat.

4. Put Coconut Oil in Your Hair Once a Week

This trick isn’t really a secret, as every hairdresser worth their salt has probably already told you about this one. But our hair can really take a pounding in the winter months, and this tip will save lasting breakage and damage. Comb coconut oil from root to tip before you go to bed and wash out in the morning. Voila!

5. Carry a Tin of Vaseline

Vaseline isn’t just good for your lips! Use inside your nostrils, or on cracked hands for instant relief!

6. Make your own lip scrub

Mix olive oil (or coconut oil) and brown sugar and gently exfoliate your lips each night before bed to maintain the perfect pout.

And if you’re all about staying beautiful this winter, why not pamper yourself properly? Have a gander at this cheeky half-dozen:

  1. Go Fancy and Get a Facial at the Pudong Shangri-La

Enjoy this exclusive deal from 247tickets, with nearly half off the normal price! The package includes a Water Lily Hydrating Facial 60 min or Aromatherapy Balancing Facial (60 mins), Anti-Aging Hand Care, Head Massage (15 mins), Herbal Tea, plus 2-hour complimentary access to Shangri-La gym and swimming pool.

Pudong Shangri-La

¥771

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2. Relax with a Full Body Massage at Chuan Spa

Chuan Spa creates a wonderful haven away from the outside world, embracing a natural aesthetic with interiors of soft and calming hues. The exclusive treatment facilities include herbal steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzi and an ice experience which alongside The Langham's exceptional service, makes Chuan Spa the perfect place to rediscover your source.

The Langham, Xintiandi

¥880

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3. Make Sure Your Nails Stay Beautiful: Manicure at Yu Massage

Enjoy this exclusive deal from 247tickets, up to 20% discount off the normal price! YU MASSAGE's philosophy integrates the senses of hearing, smelling, sight, taste, touch, as well as mind to create a perfect state of natural balance and harmony among the human body, mind, and spirit. As you settle into these gorgeous surroundings, choose from a mani/pedi or a CND manicure with a single color finish – and there are options for the fellas, too!

Yu Massage

From ¥ 220

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4. Make the Most of Auriga Spa

And yet another 247 Exclusive: All 247tickets clients booking SPA Packages & Treatments at Auriga Spa will receive complimentary access to the wellness studio & gym facilities, as well as a free HYPOXI® body shaping treatment (50 mins) worth 680RMB or A free Floatation Therapy (60 mins) worth 580RMB. There is then an option of ‘Traditional Chinese Wellness’ packages, ‘Half Day Couple Experience’, or a facial – all the lovely, lovely Auriga.

Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li

From ¥1250

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5. Float Away Your Woes at Floatasian Spa

Floatasian is a luxurious, Swedish floatation spa in Shanghai that provides a unique gravity-free experience. It means reaching a state of absolute tranquility by floating. The result is a feeling of deep relaxation, which has proven to have healing properties and help with tension, pain, stress and fatigue. Let Floatation take away the pressures of the outside world and allow your mind and body enjoy a state of mind where stress drifts away.

Floatation Spa

From ¥450

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6. Get Glam at GillianAtAlize

Their hairstylists are always willing to offer you advice on choosing that perfect haircut to suit you. Whether it’s a current style or something from the past, GillianAtAlize hairstylists are skilled to a high quality of hairdressing, using both scissor and clipping techniques. Plus there’s the bonus of a free hydrating mask valued at 208 RMB!

GillianAtAlize

¥489

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