Friday, January 15, 2010 | Tips & How-Tos
Are winter beauty challenges bringing you down and cramping your style? I try very hard to like winter, but as much as I focus on the holidays, fluffy coats, hot chocolate and snow, I just can’t get past the cold weather and its cosmetic cruelty. As air gets colder, it holds less water, and dry air means dehydrated skin and hair. Throw in a little wind and super-low humidity, and you’re looking at some serious winter woes from your head to your toes. Don’t let skin and hair problems keep you from looking your best! With relative ease, you can melt these icy crises away in no time!
It’s bad enough to lose your summer glow, but cold weather conditions can also make skin dry, itchy and dull. My face, hands, legs and even my feet feel the brunt of winter, and I’m a girl who loves her strappy heels and peep toe pumps. Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! I keep the Pür Body Butter with me all day, and special foot treatments, like Happy Feet, are a great remedy for cracks and dry cuticles. Eating foods rich in Omega – 3 oils are great for your skin, so adding flaxseed, nuts and fish to your diet could help, too. A self tanning lotion, like Pür Minerals Get A Little, can be a great replacement for your summer tan, but be sure to exfoliate beforehand. Irregular dry patches of skin can ruin that flawless glow. In a real pinch, I’ve misted myself with a little moisture spray and lightly dusted my legs and arms with Mineral Glow for a quick fix.
Not only are cracked, chapped lips unappealing, but they hurt, too. Don’t pout! Just keep a reliable lip treatment handy, like Pür Balm or Mineral Lip Revival. Really deep cracks and splits may require special attention and should be treated with a healing ointment or petroleum jelly. Be sure to avoid flavored balms and glosses. They can irritate dry lips, and you may be tempted to lick your lips, which is a no-no!
This happens to me all the time. The frigid air makes my hair go everywhere! I barely touch it or brush it against my coat or scarf, and poof! It’s practically standing on end. The first step to conquering those electrical locks is to shampoo less and use a good conditioner. Shampooing strips natural oils from your hair, so it may be a good idea to only wash it every other day. Definitely reduce any chemical treatments, like coloring. The old wives tale about rubbing a dryer sheet over your hair works for many people, or if your style allows for it, brushing-in a little hair spray or leave-in conditioner can keep those fly-aways in check. I’ve been known to squirt some moisture spray in my damp hair, like Fulvic Mineral Mist, before drying and styling.