If you are one of the millions of people who have been experiencing a more harsh winter than normal and are sick and tired of the snow and ice, you certainly aren’t alone. This winter weather interferes with the commute to and from work and makes getting around a lot more difficult, but the cold weather conditions and the dry air in our homes can also affect our bodies. Luckily there’s some beauty tips you can use to make yourself feel a little better and shake those winter blues.
Beauty Tip #1: Avoid Hot Showers
In the winter, your skin can take a lot of punishment. The air in our homes is dry and the hot showers in the morning doesn’t help at all. After 15 minutes, Doctor Norman, a dermatologist from Tampa, FL, says that the hot water begins to break down the skins lipid barrier, which causes a loss in moisture. This can result in excessive flaking and an accentuation of fine lines and wrinkles. If you absolutely must have your shower hot instead of just warm, try to be in and out in less than 15 minutes.
Beauty Tip #2: Exfoliate
Using an exfoliating product can help slough off the dead skin cells that hinder skin radiance. This can make your skin appear dull, and an excessive build up of dead skin can cause flaking. The best way to combat this is with an exfoliant, using a different one for your face and body. If you can’t find a body exfoliant that has enough ‘grit’ to it, try making your own with coffee grounds. Coffee helps detox the skin, extracts odors and impurities and even helps with a reduction in the look of cellulite.
Beauty Tip #3: Moisturize
Keep dry skin at bay with a great moisturizer. Winter time, especially that time spent outside shoveling, can require more than one application of a moisturizer, and it’s recommended that if you spend time outdoors that you choose one with a sunscreen. UV rays are always present and can be even more harsh in winter climates, bouncing off the snow.
Beauty Tip #4: Take Care of Hands and Feet
The cold winter weather can cause a reduction in circulation, and hands and feet are the first to suffer. This can cause them to become dry and chapped more easily, and nail beds and cuticles can peel and crack. Make sure you use a non-greasy moisturizer on your hands and use a pumice stone to buff away the build up of dead skin on the soles of your feet. You should always wear warm socks or slippers if the floors of your home are cold: this will help with circulation.
Beauty Tip #5: Take Care of Your Hair
Dry and cold conditions can also affect hair, causing it to become brittle, lose its luster and become full of static. Invest in a conditioning hair treatment that will nourish your hair and scalp, combating scalp itchiness and hair dullness. When you brush your hair, spray your brush with a little bit of hairspray to keep the static in check, and consider a styling treatment before blow drying it.
With your hair and skin properly cared for, it will be much easier to be comfortable this winter, and if you like to wear makeup, you’ll find that properly exfoliated and moisturized skin holds the flawless look of foundation much better. With Oscar parties coming up, you may even want to read up on some tips from celebrity makeup artists to complete your look and help shake those winter blues.