There's a lot to look forward to during the holidays — snowfall, New Year's Eve, lots and lots of soup. But the change in weather can also cause a number of beauty problems. You know what we mean. Everything. Is. Dry. The good news is, all of the problems can either be prevented or treated quite quickly with the right help, and we're going to let you in on a few of our tips and tricks.
Here's a list of all the beauty issues you may encounter this winter and how to fix them.
Even us gals with oily skin get dry skin during the winter. Not only does it make applying makeup difficult but it also can be quite painful.
Solution: Exfoliate once a week to get rid of any flaky skin. When you wash your skin in the morning and at night, be sure use a hydrating cleanser that won't dry out your face. Finally, incorporate a heavy moisturizer into your night routine as a treatment for what your skin faces (ha-ha) throughout the day.
Many of us suffer from chronic chapped lips, so we know how painful and unattractive it can be to have this problem.
Solution: The best option is to keep your lips extremely moisturized to prevent them from getting chapped in the first place. If it's too late for that, be sure to exfoliate your flaky lips so that most, if not all, of the dry skin comes off. If there is still more skin, use a toothbrush to scrub off what remains. Then, regularly apply a hydrating lip balm or vaseline. At night, slather you lips with an overnight lip treatment. If your lips are cracked, apply Neosporin or another antibiotic ointment to heal them heal. Finally, don't forget: drinking water is your best friend for a supple pout!
This is a common problem during the winter because our hair is dryer than usual and we often wear hats and beanies, causing our locks to become electrically charged.
Solution: First, you must make sure your hair is getting hydrated when you wash it. Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner as well as a serum when it's dry. To prevent static, switch to using a brush with bristles made of hair instead of metal. If you do notice static, rub a dryer sheet on your head.
The cold temperature and wind can cause your eyes to water, which can totally mess up your makeup job and feel crazy uncomfortable.
Solution: Use a makeup primer under your eyes to make sure your foundation stays put. If your mascara or eyeliner also runs, invest in waterproof products.
A dry scalp and dark hair can turn into another type of winter blizzard ('sup, dandruff). The result is not only embarrassing but majorly itchy.
Solution: Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Once a week, use a deep conditioner and massage it into your scalp but be sure to rinse out the product completely. Do the same to your dry hair with tea tree oil to treat the dandruff and itchiness.
Going from a heated room to the harsh cold can do a number on your hands, making them dry and even cracked. Ouch.
Solution: Every time you wash your hands, make sure you use a moisturizing soap and apply lotion afterwards. You should also apply a hydrating lotion after taking off your gloves. Be sure to use a heavy lotion at night before you go to bed so you wake up to soft, moisturized hands.
This one is another downward spiral: you start with dry hands, then come the peeling cuticles, and, finally, those cuticles turn into very painful hangnails. Beware!
Solution: Before going to bed, apply a cuticle oil and run it over you nails and cuticles. Also, while it's good to trim dead cuticles beware of over-cutting them.