Winter beauty problems solved: Fixes for hair static, dry skin & more
December 7, 2012
By Jesse Nattamai
From hair static to scaly skin, watery eyes and chapped lips, winter weather can mean dealing with beauty snafus that didn’t exist in the summer time. Yet even with the snow, rain, sun exposure and blustery winds that winter brings, you can still look your best. Learn how to beat the winter blahs by reading the beauty tips below.
Dry hair is often the underlying culprit to hair static. The trick to defeating this beauty dilemma is washing your hair less and switching to a more moisturizing hair routine. You may also want to try a natural boar bristle brush with a wooden handle, as it will reduce static from building as you comb. Also, skip hair products that contain alcohol, as they can lead to even more drying. Instead, choose styling creams over gels and hair sprays.
Dry, scaly skin happens more often in the wintertime, when humidity becomes scarce from the cold air outside and heated air inside. To keep scaly skin at bay, switch to a thicker, more emollient moisturizer and apply it directly after bathing. If your office or home’s air is very dry, try using a humidifier and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Furthermore, look for products with chamomile and green tea extracts, as these are natural ways to soothe irritated skin.
Sun reflections off of snow, blistery winds and dry indoor conditions can lead to watery eyes — not to mention impair your vision. Dr. Grossman, an optometrist with extensive experience with natural eye care, suggests using dry-eye homeopathic eye drops to naturally soothe irritated eyes. Using a humidifier in the home and at work can also help to combat dry indoor air in the wintertime. When outside, wearing sunglasses can protect eyes from the wind and cold, and wearing a gentle, waterproof mascara will help avoid further irritation.
Lips have thin surface layers of skin, leading to more dryness and loss of moisture than other areas of the body. To shield your pout from peeling and redness, avoid licking or biting your lips when you notice they are dry. Instead, WebMD suggests wearing an emollient lip balm with an SPF. Furthermore, look for nourishing ingredients like castor seed oil, shea butter, petrolatum, sunflower oil and squalane in lip care products.