During the winter, the humidity drops and the air gets dry. Indoor heaters fight the cold, but also dry up the air in our homes. This change in air is damaging to our beauty efforts. We’re left with chapped lips, cracked hands and static hair. Thankfully, there are ways to fight back and maintain gorgeous skin and static-free strands.
Maintain Kissable Lips:
Licking your lips and breathing through your mouth can cause chapped lips. During the winter, the cold dry air dries up your skin and makes this even worse, so protect that kisser!
Drinking fluids and using a humidifier will return moisture to your lips. Also, when it’s crazy cold and windy outside, pull your scarf up over your mouth like little fabric armor.
I like this scarf
No More Cracked Hands:
The dry winter air is also the culprit of why your hands turn to sandpaper and crack open at the knuckles. Maybe your dry hands don’t get quite that bad, but mine have been known to bleed.
Use a humidifier to put moisture back into the air and your skin. Also, wear gloves outside to protect against the cold.
Washing your hands can hurt dry hands, so remember these hand washing tips. Use warm water (not hot) and a mild soap, pat your hands dry and apply lotion when finished.
Moisturizing frequently is important! Depending on your skin dryness, doctors say to lube up those hands five to six times a day. In order to make this happen, keep lotion everywhere: in the bathroom, on your desk, on your nightstand, in your purse, in your gym bag and in your car. As long as you see those little bottles of lotion, you’ll remember to use them.
Some dermatologist-recommended hand creams include Neutrogena Hand Cream and Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Hand Crème. If your hands have really been through winter hell, slather them in petroleum jelly and cover them in large socks or cotton gloves before you go to sleep.
Don’t Look Like Albert Einstein with Static Hair:
Hair picks up an electrical charge from dry air (seriously that dry air sucks pretty hard) and leaves hair all static-y. Thankfully, static hair fixes are pretty simple.
My first and favorite fix is dryer sheets. I know it sounds weird but rub a dryer sheet over your hair and the electrical charge will go away. I had to do this last night after straightening my hair because I looked like I stuck my finger in an electrical socket. Dryer sheets are great because they’re cheap and you probably already have them. I recommend you can put some in a Ziploc and keep them in your purse for when a static-y situation rises.
Another fix is Moroccan argan oil. Organix has huge line of reasonably priced “Argan oil of morocco” products. The oil weighs down hair and keeps static strands from floating up. Skipping washes works the same way but uses the natural oils in your hair.
Just like humidifiers heal your skin, they’ll save your hair too. (Basically, we all need humidifiers.) Turning the humidifier on in your bedroom at night will put moisture back in the air and prevent your hair from picking up an electrical charge.
I hope these tips help you out for the rest of the winter. If you have any of your own dry weather beauty fixes, leave them in the comments!