White snow, hot chocolate and Christmas magic aside, winter can turn out to be quite the harsh season, and it’s not just the cold weather we’re complaining about, but its damaging effects on hair and skin too. In between the perpetual sensation of dry skin, the chipped lips, scaly legs and frizzy hair, there’s absolutely nothing to like there. But luckily there’s a fix for every skincare mistake and for almost every skin problem the cold season brings about.
Along with eating the right foods for good skin and using common sense, it can also help to know a few tricks. Read on below to discover 8 genius beauty hacks that will see you through winter.
Soothe dry lips with tea bags.
Chances are you already treat yourself to a hot cup of tea during cold winter nights, but did you know you can use the tea bag to soothe your dry, wind-burned lips? You just need to place the warm tea bag over your lips (black tea works best) and wait for the tannins in the tea to immediately start hydrating them. Expect a cooling sensation to accompany the soothing process.
Fight the frizz.
Winter hair is all about the frizz but there’s hope to getting rid of the static. For one, you can try tying the hair up in a cotton t-shirt instead of a regular towel (particularly if you have curly hair), knowing it will absorb excess water while preventing your hair from frizzing out.
Two, grab a dryer sheet anytime your hair gets all frizzy, and run it gently along the top of your hair to eliminate static electricity. You can also try placing a dryer sheet over your hairbrush, or rubbing a dryer sheet on your comb for the same results.
Keep skin soft with DIY natural body scrubs.
Dry, flaky skin is by no means attractive, not to mention how incredibly uncomfortable the whole lack of moisture can feel. That’s where a DIY natural body scrub comes in handy. Use it once or twice a week for exfoliation and build your way to soft, supple, silky smooth skin that will last you for the entire cold season.
Bathe in oatmeal.
If your skin gets particularly dry or irritated during winter, think of oatmeal baths as one way to restore its soft, supple feel. Knowing that the colloidal oatmeal is full of vitamins, minerals and lipids that work to hydrate and soothe your skin, it makes all the sense in the world to pour a cup of plain oatmeal into your tub every now and then. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and get ready to enjoy the ultimate spa experience.
Apply body lotion while still wet.
To make sure your skin will lock in hydration, apply body lotion immediately upon exiting the shower. By adding a drop of Argan, Marula or your favorite botanical oil to your body lotion and slathering it on the skin while still wet, you trap in the moisture better, preventing it from evaporating and drying out. The added oil will do wonders for your skin’s smoothness.
Enjoy a Vaseline jelly foot treatment.
Choose a night-in – the kind you plan on spending indulging in a good book and a cup of hot chocolate – to enjoy a jelly foot treatment as well. You’ll only need a cozy pair of socks and Vaseline for the treatment to work is magic overnight.
What you do is apply a layer of Vaseline Jelly to your heels and the balls of your feet, you cover your feet with a really thick and soft pair of socks, and go to bed expecting to wake up with the softest feet in the morning. Use the treatment once or twice a week, for best results.
Add hydrating products to your foundation.
Moisture-deprived, winter skin is by no means a match to long-wear make-up. If your foundation tends to dry up and flake, consider mixing hydrating products in with the foundation and concealer. Opt for products rich in essential oil (think primer serums) that treat your skin while making it look more healthy and luminous.
Ease hat hair with fresh volume.
Wearing a hat on cold days is highly recommended, but we doubt your hair will appreciate it. To relieve the flatness and revamp your strands, make sure you have a dry shampoo or a texturizing spray at hand. Achieve fresh volume by spraying the product at the roots all around the crown, and working it with your fingers before smoothing out the hair with a brush.
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