Winter Beauty Tips: Look Amazing With These Five Cheap, Simple Tricks

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.

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.