If there’s one thing I hate more than temperatures below freezing and not having a warm cup of hot cocoa in sight, it’s the beauty disasters that are caused by the cold, dry and thankfully seasonal weather.
Keep reading for how I save my hair, skin, nails & everything in between!
Fix: Per some research on Women’s Health, I learned that winter is the worst for skin cells. Dried out skin cells don’t turnover without a little help. These dead skin cells cause all kinds of problems including, but not limited to, a seriously bummed out you. Drink lots of water by challenging yourself to finish as much water bottles as you can in one day. Load up on omega-3’s like grass-fed beef, edamame and flaxseed oil. Use a milk or creamy cleanser to give your skin the much needed hydration.
Fix: Until I took matters into my own hands (and by mine I mean the very talented hands of Laura at Bella Sante in Wellesley), I was dealing with every single cold weather hair problem you could imagine. Not even my regular conditioner could save me. At an attempt at a remedy, I added a few drops of hydrating conditioner to the usual stuff and made sure I coated the ends of my hair with Moroccan Oil.
Product: Oribe Curl Gloss Hydration + Hold
Fix: The minute freezing cold temperatures catch us off guard without mittens or gloves, I swear I can hear my fingernail cuticles crying. Hand creams that are without alcohol-based ingredients (see also: fragrance) are the safest bet.
Product: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Fix: Staying on top of winter care for every inch of your body can leave some parts neglected. When lips start to peel the best thing to do is exfoliate and layer with the always reliable petroleum jelly. Gently scrub rough skin with your toothbrush to exfoliate and allow the lip therapy to do its magic overnight.
Product: Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
Fix: As a dancer I am no stranger to dry skin. Winter is the worst because a quick recover to a long day (or even a short, cold one) is a toasty warm shower. Milky moisturizers and salve solve dry spots in hard to reach places and lathering them on immediately after a shower is the best time to lock in moisture.
Product: La Mer “The Moisturizing Soft Cream”