Shield yourself from the harsh elements, and keep your hair and skin perfect all winter long.
With very thin skin and no oil glands, your lips are at high risk of dehydration. Always create a moisture barrier between
the air and your pout. Choose a balm that's thick and creamy—not waxy—so ingredients penetrate better. Toss a tube in every
purse or coat pocket so you'll always have one handy.
We like: EOS Smooth Sphere, $4 at EvolutionofSmooth.com
Seems odd, but too much washing can dry out your skin. Find a creamy facial cleanser that doesn't require rinsing, or use
towelettes to wipe off makeup and the day's grime.
We like: Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes, $7 at DrugStore.com
Indoor heat dries out the air at home, so plug in a humidifier (set at a 30- to 5-percent humidity level) to ensure you don't
wake up feeling tight and itchy.
We like: Vicks Filter Free Humidifier, $30 at Walmart
Buffing your body is a good remedy for flaky skin, but exfoliating your face with scrubs can feel too harsh. Instead, slough
away dead cells with a nighttime serum or cream that contains glycolic acid, a natural fruit acid.
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A long, steamy shower might seem like the best solution to counter the bone-chilling cold, but it can compromise the skin's outer layer. Be quick on your feet and shorten your shower to 10 minutes or less. Try washing the important areas—underarms, groin and feet—with lukewarm water and a gentle bodywash. Limit hot-water exposure everywhere else.
After you bathe, don't dry off completely. Immediately apply a hydrating body cream with humectants, like glycerin, to seal moisture into the skin.
Washing hair daily in winter can lead to dried-out, lackluster locks. Skipping a day or two lets your hair's natural oils do their work to restore shine. If you can't bear a full cleansing break, use dry shampoo at the roots for a subtle refresher.
A chronic hand washer knows that soap and water can roughen skin. If your hands aren't filthy, simply apply a moisturizing hand sanitizer, rather than make so many trips to the sink, to retain natural oils and kill germs.
Sulfates, which are found in most shampoos, are detergents that do such a good job of cleaning hair that they also strip away important oils. Often the result is an itchy, flaky scalp. Look for creamy sulfate-free shampoos and moisturizing conditioners to avoid dryness.
Healthy nails are about 18 percent water, but when that number drops, they can easily break. To help with rehydration, rub a drop of olive oil into your nails every night, and be sure to use a nondrying, acetone-free remover whenever you clean off chipping color.
For a nourishing at-home spa moment, apply a thick layer of your night cream (don't be timid—slather it on). Then, soak a clean washcloth in warm water, wring it out and apply it over your "mask." Let it sit for five minutes.
Sorry, rubber duck! A hot bath can take a toll on your skin, but if forgoing this ritual altogether is too drastic a change,
swap your regular bath foam—which can be extra drying—for a couple of drops of bath oil.
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