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Winter Beauty Hacks

The onset of winter brings extreme temperatures, precipitation to give even the hardiest postal worker pause, and skin so dry it makes us want to fill our bathtubs with body lotion. Before you give up and just hibernate in your Snuggie, check out these easy tweaks and survive the season in style.

Winter Beauty Problem #1: Chapped Lips

Everyone’s skin suffers from winter dryness, but your lips have it especially rough. That’s because saliva dehydrates skin as it evaporates—and it contains acids that can cause inflammation. To prevent moisture loss, start by adding an exfoliator like 29 Preserves First Crush Grape Seed Age ProtectingTM Lip Scrub to your nighttime routine—you’ll get rid of dead skin and prime your lips for the balm that follows. We like to slather on this one from Elite Therapeutics, which combats both inflammation and dryness. For daytime, be sure to incorporate SPF, since wintertime sun can still do damage. 29 Wine Blot Age Protecting™ Lip Treatment SPF 20 will replenish moisture and protect from free radicals and UV rays.

Winter Beauty Problem #2: Red Nose

Don’t worry, we’re not going to make any Rudolph jokes here—if your nose is raw and irritated, that’s the last thing you want to hear. To calm inflamed skin and seal in moisture, dab on a therapeutic cream like Miracle Skin™ Transformer Heal Everything Balm throughout the day. Cover up redness with an equally moisturizing concealer, like “un” cover-up from rms beauty™, and skip the powder—it will only accentuate flakiness.

Winter Beauty Problem #3: Hat Hair

Yes, you can have sleek strands and wear your beloved knit beanie too. To avoid static, it’s all about preserving moisture. That means a) not washing your hair every day, and b) when you do wash, opting for a hydrating shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment. Next, keep a small brush (Spornette’s Little Wonder does the trick) and a volumizing dry shampoo like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on hand so you can add some lift to your roots as soon as you doff your chapeau.

Winter Beauty Problem #4: Rough Hands

It’s cold and flu season, so you’re probably (we hope) washing your hands like crazy to avoid getting sick. All that hot water and harsh soap, however, can be deadly on your hands. To keep skin soft, switch to a gentle cleanser like this heavenly scented one from Caldrea, then immediately apply a hand cream (the fragrance in Joie’s version translates to “crazy with joy,” which we believe is an excellent motto to inject into your everyday life), and give cracked cuticles extra attention with J.R. Watkins Hand & Cuticle Salve. And please, listen to your Mom: Wear gloves when it’s cold outside, for goodness sake!

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