Just because the weather's dreary, doesn't mean you should skip the SPF! Think you can get a gorgeous glow like Maria Menounos without using sunscreen? Think again. NYC dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner says it's important to use sunscreen and protect your skin, no matter how cloudy it gets. Don't forget sun can reflect off snow during the winter, giving you a "winter" burn.
Although most people are more prone to dry skin during the colder months, don't go overboard when it comes to exfoliating. Dr. Zeichner recommends exfoliating just once or twice a week so as not do damage skin since it's more fragile during the winter.
Taking care of your hands and face are no-brainers when it comes to harsher weather, but don't forget about your feet! "In the winter months, make sure to slather feet nightly prior to bed and slip (them) into a pair of cotton socks before you fall asleep," says CND Nail Professional Roxanne Valinoti. CND's Cucumber Heel Therapy treatment is just what the doctor ordered: the lactic acid helps exfoliate while the Aloe Vera provides an intense moisturizing treatment.
Although steaming hot showers might feel nice compared to the cold weather outside, don't turn up the water temperature too high. Dr. Zeichner says luke-warm showers are the best way to go as hot ones will actually dehyrdate your skin.
A hair treatment, that is. "Indoor heating and more styling for holiday events can really damage the hair," says Bumble and bumble stylist, Wren Grondzik. Heat styling tools can create dehyrdation in locks, which is why a treatment mask can come to the rescue. Bumble and bumble's Quenching Masque is the perfect once a week treatment to help revitalize locks and add moisture.
Even if you're exfoliating weekly, it's important to use moisturizer daily during the winter to help prevent dry, flaky skin. Apply it shortly after getting out of the shower to help lock in moisture and keep skin silky smooth.
If you find you're more sensitive to products during the winter, make sure to double-check the label. Dr. Zeichner says to opt for "fragrance-free," which means no false chemicals were added, as opposed to "unscented" products, which just means a nullifying scent was used to mask the false fragrance.
Nobody wants dry, chapped lips during the winter. Keep a lip balm handy like Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase Lip Resculpt, which contains vitamin E and SPF 20 so your lips will be kissable and smooth...because you never know when you'll wind up underneath the mistletoe.
Rough winds can wreak havoc on your hair, creating tons of static. Prevent your hair from getting swept away by using the fail-proof beauty secret: a dryer sheet! Just rub one over your locks and you'll say farewell to frizzies.
Sure, it sounds obvious to guzzle down aqua, but eggnog and cider can be pretty tempting this time of year. Making sure to drink plenty of water is key during winter as it'll help keep skin and hair hydrated and healthy.