Winter can be rough on your skin. The stark difference between the cold air outside and heat inside can strip moisture from your hair and pores, making you feel dry and itchy. But winter doesn’t have to be unpleasant when you’re prepared with the right beauty routine. Here are five common winter skin care problems and products that will save you
1. Cracked Lips: Hydrate parched lips with a deep, moisturizing balm. You can find one that is tinted to give a subtle pop of color. Bonus points if it contains SPF!
Splurge: Fresh- Sugar Lip Treatment, $22.50
Save: Rosebud Perfume Co.- Rosebud Salve, $6.00
2. Dry, Itchy Scalp: What’s more uncomfortable than an itchy scalp? Lucky for us, there’s an easy fix. Argan or Moroccan oil should be your new best friend. They are both proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It also hydrates the scalp which will calm any irritation.
Splurge: Josie Maran- Argan Oil Hair Serum, $30.00
3. Dull Hair: Hair needs a little extra TLC in the winter. Some of the side effects of dry hair are static cling and dullness. To fight the worn winter hair look, use a deep conditioning treatment once a week.
Splurge: Pureology Hydrate Hydra Cure, $50.00
4. Cracked Hands: Use a rich hand cream to sooth cracked or irritated skin. For an extra indulgent treatment, lather your hands with lotion, slip on a pair of gloves before bed and wake up to smooth, nourished hands.
Splurge: Soap & Glory- Hand Food Hand Cream, $16.00
Save: Essie Spa Manicure- Many Many Mani, $9.00
5. Dry Face: One of the keys to locking in moisture is to apply a thick moisturizer directly after you wash your face or shower. This will ensure no moisture escapes and will keep your skin from getting irritated. If your moisturizer absorbs too quickly, get a thicker one. It should take a few minutes to sink in.
Splurge: Eve Lom TLC Cream, $80
Save: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $17.40
Bonus: Even if it’s overcast, frigid cold and you feel like you haven’t seen the sun in days, you MUST continue to wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. Even if you can’t see it, your skin is still vulnerable to the sun.