Winter is such a cozy and romantic season, but there is nothing worse than arriving to a quaint, candlelit bar, removing your cute winter beanie and having your hair so full of static it’s practically clinging to the ceiling. Or my personal favourite, having your foundation flake-off your ultra dry skin leaving rough red patches in its wake. I know I’m not alone in having cold weather wreak havoc on my appearance. Surviving 20-something years of brutal Canadian winters has given me some authority to give advice so I’ve created a helpful guide to battling all your winter makeup and hair issues with easy and effective solutions.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve googled “how to get rid of static hair” and then, “for the love of god how do I prevent static hair!?” Through detailed research and personal experience, here are some of my do’s and dont’s:
- Don’t: use a plastic comb. For science reasons, metal is always better.
- Don’t: use coconut oil. I know Pinterest will tell you that coconut oil saves lives but if you have super straight and/or fine hair it will make your hair greasy for at least a week.
- Do: use a lightweight serum that gently smooths hair. I’m obsessed with this Ouai one.
- Do: use dryer sheets. Seriously! Rub them across your static-y winter hair for instant results. I always keep a few in my winter hats as a precaution and use several when doing laundry.
- Do: embrace updos. Nothing will accentuate your static hair more than wearing your hair down. Try interesting braids or ponytails to tame your winter hair woes.
I have this cool kind of skin that’s always dry, but still breaks out all the time. Which makes managing acne even more difficult in the winter. But, just like you switch up your wardrobe for each season, you need a winter skincare wardrobe too. Here are some of my tips for battling dry skin and applying foundation on dry skin.
- Use a gentle facial cleanser: Eve Lom is wonderful and so is just using some calming jojoba oil.
- Moisturize. Obviously. Don’t shy away if you have acne-prone or oily skin, moisturizing is essential. I love Vichy’s 89 Mineral serum and the cult classic Embroliysse.
- Use a sleeping mask: Wear an overnight moisture mask for extra hydration.
- Steam Cleanse: Fill a bowl with boiling water, cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam. Bonus: this helps clear your nose if you’re suffering from a cold.
- Use a Beauty Blender: I soak mine under water, put on few Farsali Rose Elixir drops and blend with foundation. On most days I just wear a BB cream which helps add hydration. Dr. Jart’s is my fav!
- Exfoliate: While brushing your teeth, gently rub your toothbrush over your lips to get all the dead skin off.
- Use Oil: Cover your lips with jojoba oil and throw Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in your bag for daily use. (I’ve written about this stuff before it’s amazing).
- DIY Scrub: Mix together sugar and jojoba oil to make an effective (and tasty) exfoliating scrub.
There is nothing more annoying than stinging dry hands, so besides always wearing gloves and/or mittens when you’re outside here are some things you can do to restore moisture.
- Moisture Soak: I started doing this after getting gel removal on my nails and noticed how amazingly soft it made my hands. All it takes is 2 ingredients: just fill a bowl with warm water and olive oil (I often add some jojoba oil too) and put your hands in the bowl to soak about ten minutes. Voila. Baby soft skin.
- Get a Manicure: Not only is it relaxing, but proper nail and hand care.
- Hand Cream is Your BFF: This goes for men too, put on hand cream every single day. Just keep a bottle in your desk at work (or in your nightstand) and add it to your daily routine.
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