Winter’s icy chill brings unique challenges, but you can beat them with the help of these cold-weather beauty tips. Whether frizzy, unmanageable hair has you screaming at your reflection in the mirror or dry, flaky feet have you feeling frustrated, you’ll be glad to know that there are some surprisingly simple solutions to your wintertime beauty woes.
Banish dry skin with the right kind of moisture: During warmer weather, lightweight moisturizers are usually enough to keep skin looking fantastic. Because winter often involves exposure to dry air, it’s important to choose a heavier moisturizer designed to keep very dry skin balanced from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. But before you spring for a pricey beauty lotion, consider a less costly alternative. Store brands like WalMart’s Equate, Target’s up & up, and Costco’s Kirkland Signature offer emollient-heavy moisturizers that keep skin from parching without breaking the bank.
Balance your environment, too. Turn on a humidifier before you go to bed each night and enjoy softer, smoother skin in the morning. As an added bonus, problems with dry, uncomfortable sinuses are apt to disappear at the same time.
Dry skin sufferers, take note: A humidifier might just change your skin forever. Turn one on before you sleep and let it work its magic.
— AcneSkinSite (@AcneSkinSite) November 25, 2014
When it comes to exfoliation, less is more: In an interview with the Irish Examiner, London MakeUp School beauty expert Beth Margetts recommends exfoliating less often. “Exfoliate with lighter, finer grains less often to avoid drying out the skin further.” Margetts offers a number of other beauty tips in the interview, making it well worth a read.
Treat hair to deep conditioning: A homemade deep conditioner made with olive oil, half and half, and a banana tames frizz and moisturizes quickly, bringing hair’s natural beauty to the fore. As DIY tips go, this is one that’s quick and easy to enjoy. Heal cracked feet with Vaseline: Huffington Post beauty experts back up the age-old beauty advice you might have gotten from your mother or grandmother: stock up on Vaseline. It’s great for healing cracked feet, dry knees and elbows, and other problem areas. Even models appreciate simple beauty tips like these!
Winter, if u need me I’ll be in this tub of Vaseline. pic.twitter.com/DOzX4HXvXZ
— The Model Burnbook (@modelburnbook) November 22, 2014
Shower in cooler water: Super-hot water might feel fantastic when it’s cold outside, but it does nothing to help you look better. If you’re familiar with top beauty tips you may have heard this before; however, it bears repeating. Very hot water strips your hair and skin of the natural oils they need, making it better to use warm, not hot water. Be sure to moisturize the second you emerge from the shower, too. No matter what kind of lotion you’re using, it will help to seal moisture into skin. Consider a leave-in conditioner for your hair while you’re at it, focusing on the tips of your hair rather than the portion of hair lying closest to the scalp.
Winter and skin may not be the best of friends, but staying hydrated and using these simple beauty tips on a regular basis can make a positive difference in the way you look and feel.
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