Winter’s here – and so are all the beauty challenges it holds. Cold, dry outdoor air and overheated indoor environments make for limp, static-y locks, tight, uncomfortable skin, chapped lips and cracked soles. So not appealing.
The good news? Our beauty tips and tricks will help you repair winter damage fast.
How To Take Care of Hair In Winter
To fight dry hair and split ends, choose products with rich conditioning ingredients, says board-certified New York City dermatologist Whitney Bowe.
Here’s a List of Non-Toxic Hair Care Products to Fight Frizzy Hair.
“Look for products containing wheat protein, which targets and repairs hair’s most damaged parts without a greasy buildup near the scalp.”
The other ingredients you want to see in your shampoo and conditioners? Powerful natural hydrators and masks such as oat protein, macadamia nut seed oil, green tea extract, olive oil, algae and seaweed extract, shea butter, argan oil, glycerin, wild mango butter and sunflower extract. Cetrimonium chloride also has conditioning and anti-static properties.
Itching scalp and dandruff typically worsen in the winter. “Try using dandruff shampoo,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, a board-certified dermatologist in Washington, DC. “If that still isn’t enough, visit your dermatologist for a scalp solution prescription.”
Check out my detailed post on the causes and solutions for the Itching Scalp.
Face Skin Care In Winter
When skin doesn’t produce enough sebum, the skin oil, it can get rough, irritated, inflamed, sensitive and flaky. As the result of it, you may see wrinkles and fine lines to become more pronounced.
“Winter’s dry air steals even more moisture from your face,” explains celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau.
Without doubt, to avoid damage, don’t use harsh scrubs. Wash your face with lukewarm or cool water and a low-lather, creamy cleanser containing soothing ingredients like green tea, aloe vera extract or chamomile.
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After washing the face, apply a hydrating serum with marine extract, vitamins C and A, azulene, hyaluronic acid and lipids. Then follow up with a good moisturizer containing flower and nut extracts (rose hips, lavender, geranium, macadamia, grape seed), and glycolic acid. At night, adds Rouleau, use a humidifier in your room to rehydrate your skin.
Soft, smooth skin comes from the inside as well. Eat plenty of cold-water fish such as tuna, sardines, cod, mackerel, herring and trout, which have the essential fats your skin needs. And remember to drink plenty of water.
Best Lip Care in Winter
Rule number one during winter is not to lick your lips. Wearing a protective lip balm with potent natural ingredients is all you need to keep the lips healthy. Besides, the skin won’t become dry when you use non-toxic natural skin care products.
Another important, yet very much overlooked tip to care for your lips is using a gentle lip scrub. When you use it regularly, like once a week, the new cells replacing old ones will add more immunity and strength to the skin on your lips.
You can make an amazing lip scrub at home!
Skin Care Recommendations for Winter Time
To relieve dry skin and eczema, Tanzi recommends taking only one bath or shower daily and using a moisturizing body wash with lavender or oatmeal.
As soon as you get out of the tub, treat your whole body to a thick lotion or cream with shea or cocoa butter, sesame oil, and ceramides to lock in hydration.
Here’s one more post on dry winter skin remedies.
Elbows and Heels Care During Cold Months
Exfoliate rough patches with urea-rich healing creams, applied every night. “Then use a pumice stone or washcloth to gently remove the dead skin, and follow up with a ceramide moisturizer in the morning,” says Tanzi.
Besides, add some Powdered Vitamin C to your daily skin care routine. The Benefits are beyond being anti-aging.
Caring for Your Feet
Try this bedtime foot treatment from Stafford R. Broumand, a board-certified Manhattan plastic surgeon.
Apply a thick layer any body moisturizing cream or lotion all over your feet, and cover them with cotton socks. “When you wake up and remove the socks in the morning,” he says, “your feet will be soft and smooth.”
For those of you who has cracked skin on the feet, use this organic oil remedy with essential oils. With a week worth of application over night, the skin on your feet will become smooth and healed again. You can buy it HERE.
Check out for my post with some professional tips on calluses, cracked heels, and brittle toenails.
How to Care for Hands at Home
All the soap and sanitizers you use to prevent colds can also dry out your hands and nails. Instead, “use a gentle cleanser to wash,” says Tanzi, “and before bed, smear on a thick hand cream [honey and shea butter are excellent ingredients], and cover up with cotton gloves overnight.”
For ragged cuticles, apply cuticle oil before the hand cream. You want one containing vitamin E, shea butter and oils such as jojoba, argan and sweet almond. Then follow Bowe’s example and keep a tube of soothing hand lotion by the bathroom and kitchen sink so you can apply a dollop every time you wash your hands.