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Winter weather can really do a number on your skin and hair. If you know how, you can stop the damage before it starts with just a few small changes to your usual beauty care routine. Try these simple winter beauty tips to maintain naturally glowing skin and strong, shiny hair even through the coldest months.
Remember Mom wrapping you in layers before letting you outside in the cold? Turns out, she was completely right. (No surprise there!) And it’s about more than just keeping warm. Wearing gloves and scarves can help protect your skin from the biting winter wind and harsh effects of cold air and winter weather.
Hydrating masks can help to reverse damage and revitalize your face. Ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, and oils can make for an inexpensive and natural mask. Mix up your favorite recipe and then leave it on your skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting effects.
Drink More Water
Most of the damage done to your skin and hair during the winter is caused by dehydration. Drinking water is a crucial first step toward any healthy skin care routine. While external beauty products can certainly be helpful, the first, healthiest, and most natural way to prevent dry skin is to stay hydrated from the inside out.
As your skin gets dry in the winter, it’s more important than ever to exfoliate to remove the dead skin cells. In addition to revealing the fresher, healthier skin beneath, exfoliating will help your skin absorb any moisturizers you use. A scrub like Gentle Melting Body Scrub from Sephora is a great add-on to your skin care regimen.
Use a Humidifier
Indoor heaters and furnaces, fireplaces, and wood burning stoves are a great way to warm up. But they’re also likely to dry out the air indoors, and lead to itchy dry skin. Consider investing in a good humidifier to help return some of that moisture to the air indoors.
Now is a good time to up the moisturizing factor in your beauty routine. The delicate skin on your face is especially susceptible to the winter season’s drying effects. Consider separate day and night moisturizers like the Super Restorative Day and Night formulas from Clarins. For hair, check out formulas like Kérastase’s Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Shampoo. Add some moisture to your makeup too with hydrating products like tinted moisturizers to combat the effects of dry skin and hydrating lipsticks with vitamin E or cocoa butter to keep your lips healthy and soft. And don’t forget your hands – try a thick, rich moisturizer like L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.
Don’t forget your nails. Winter weather is just as hard on them as on your hands. Consider using a rich cuticle cream or vitamin E oil on your nails before bed. Winter is also a great time to let your toenails breathe for a few months by skipping the polish.
In addition to water, there are plenty of other ways to beautiful from the inside out. Healthy fats added to your diet can help your skin maintain its healthy glow no matter what the weather outside might do. Excellent sources are walnuts, avocados, and wild salmon. Also, look for foods rich in lycopene, such as pink grapefruit, tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, guava, or red peppers. Lycopene is thought to aid in the growth of new skin cells, promoting healthier, smoother skin.
The bite of winter wind can sap your skin and hair of their natural oils. A little TLC can go a long way. For a natural remedy, try a little coconut oil as a part of your beauty routine. If you prefer a more advanced formula, try products like the Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Oil line from Shu Uemura, or Beautifying Dry Oils from The Body Shop.
Prevent Chapped Lips
Start with exfoliating your lips. Lightly brush them with your toothbrush or create a homemade lip scrub by mixing brown sugar and honey. Massage the scrub into your lips, and then leave it on for about 5 minutes. When heading out into the cold, be sure to apply a layer of lip balm under your lipstick, or choose a hydrating lip color instead. And be sure to reapply lip balm throughout the day.