Winter is fast approaching — or is already here,in some parts of the United States. As a result, many Americans are digging out their gloves, scarves, and hats to stay warm as the temperatures drop.
But outerwear doesn’t always protect skin and hair from the cold, and many find that their beauty routines for the season require some additions. While that may sound scary to some, these beauty problems are actually easy to combat with the right preparation.
Winter presents unique challenges when it comes to beauty, so if you’re dealing with any of the following skin and hair crises, here’s what you can do about them.
Dry hands: Cold temperatures can often result in dry, cracked hands that are both painful and unattractive. Using a great moisturizing lotion, such as a Moroccan argan oil intense moisturizing treatment, is a simple way to keep hands smooth and soothe the ache of dry skin.
Wind-chapped face: Winter is a time to get bundled up before going out into the world, but there’s one area that’s often left uncovered: the face. In order to combat windburn and single-digit temperatures, make sure to use a moisturizer on a daily basis.
You can also try a face mask every few days or so to rejuvenate the skin. Just apply it before a shower and leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing.
Chapped lips: Chapped, dried, and cracked lips are another painful side effect of winter. In order to stay prepared, keep a lip balm on you at all times.
Also, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water; this provides moisture for your lips and skin and can help anyone maintain a healthy glow.
Keratosis Pilaris: Likely an unfamiliar term to many, keratosis pilaris is the medical term for what looks like permanent goose pimples, or skin that appears to have little red bumps in it. The condition is caused by a buildup of keratin in hair follicles and can be treated (or at least improved) with an exfoliating scrub or lotion.
“Hat hair”: Hat hair occurs after wearing a knit cap or other head covering for a prolonged period to stay warm. This can leave hair looking flat and lifeless.
In order to revitalize hair, smooth a bit of oil into it. According to celebrity stylist Mark Townsend, hair oil is the secret of the stars when it comes to maintaining gorgeous locks.
Peeling cuticles: Finally, in addition to dry skin on the hands, sometimes the nails and cuticles are affected by the cold, too. Some oils can also be used to keep nails and cuticles healthy, so keep it close by during a manicure.
In fact, oil is catching on when it comes to beauty routines. Argan oil, which comes from Morocco, is one of the stars of the beauty product world, appearing in everything from lotions and face masks to soaps and shampoos.
Although the liquid version of this so-called “liquid gold” can cost a pretty penny, it also comes in various beauty products and in a solid form, too — similar to the coconut oil found in grocery stores. This creates a less messy way to apply the oil to hair, nails, and skin when needed.