Baby, it’s cold outside! And you’ve got the flaky face and frizzy hair to show for it. But there's no need to hibernate. A few quick tweaks to your daily routine is all you need to look and feel sunny in no time!
Hat head: Stay warm and avoid a head of flat, static-ridden strands by picking a cotton or fleece lid over wool—the heavier fiber weighs down hair and increases the frizzies. “Rub a dryer sheet along the inside of your hat before putting it on,” says hairstylist Jeremy Row. “If that doesn’t do the trick, just use a bit of hand cream to smooth away the static.”
Dry, cracked lips: The combination of freezing temperatures, wind and low humidity dry out your pout. To keep chapping at bay, avoid licking lips and limit the outdoor beverages (like coffee or hot cocoa) since any liquid that touches your mouth while you’re outdoors can cause extra cracking. Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades recommends swiping on a moisturizing lip balm with shea butter, like L’Occitane Shea Butter or, to hydrate and protect. Keep one in your pocket and one in your nightstand to make sure your lips get the hydration they need each time you step outside, and before going to bed. Swap lipstick for a thicker, more forgiving gloss that won’t settle into every little line. Try Kiehl's Lip Gloss.
Pasty skin: Start by buffing away the dull, dead skin cells that build up during cold, dry days. “Exfoliating helps reveal the healthier skin that’s hiding underneath, and reduces flakiness, which can further dull the complexion,” says Dr. Alexiades. Add warmth and a soft glow by applying a subtle bronzer like Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer. Apply with a large brush, adding a bit of extra color anywhere the sun would naturally hit your face, like the cheeks, nose forehead and chin.
Funky feet: Even if you manage to keep up with painting your toenails, chances are that thick, cracked heels are lurking under those cozy socks. Keep feet soft and ready for future sandal-wearing by keeping a foot scrub or pumice stone in your shower, and using it every other day for a quick scrub. Slather on a peppermint foot cream like Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion every morning to keep feet smelling and feeling fresh even in the heaviest boots.
About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team