How I Handle Winter Beauty Bummers

Posted 01/04/12 at 04:39AM by Rebekah George

From chapped lips to dry hands, here are my secrets to avoiding cold weather woes:

Winter Beauty Bummer No. 1: Moisturizer Stops Working
Skin needs more moisture in the winter because of the dry air and lack of humidity. But here's the rub: It's harder for your lotion to seep into your skin and do its job come wintertime, because dead skin cells tend to build up and block your lotion from penetrating. To the rescue: A moisturizer enhancing serum, which helps pump up the powers of your plain old moisturizer. I like DDF Amplifying Elixer, $70. It's so simple to use -- just apply a drop to your face and body before you use your regular lotion.

You can also use an exfoliating brush that helps get rid of dead skin cells. I like to leave the Olay Professional ProX Advanced Cleansing System, $30, in my shower. This way I remember to use it every day. It helps keep my skin soft all winter. Winter Beauty Bummer No. 2: Hat Head
Hats are a must for staying warm in the winter, but the frizz caused by that cute ski cap rubbing against your hair isn't the look you were going for. Instead of sacrificing warmth for style and braving the great outdoors without a hat, spray a little dry shampoo inside before putting it on. When you take it off, spray some hairspray on your fingers and run them through your hair, starting at your hairline. It'll help tame those little flyways.

Winter Beauty Bummer No. 3: Chapped Hands
Texting with gloves on is next to impossible -- and taking your gloves off worsens already dry, chapped hands and cuticles. The solution? Use a glove designed for texting. I just discovered Echo Touch Gloves at Bloomingdales. They have a sensor built into the fingertips so you can text without going bare handed (thank you, modern technology!). I also still layer on a lotion like Olay Luscious Embrace Lotion, $9, before going to bed every night to add some much-needed hydration.

Oh, and to tame the one beauty bummer that spans every season -- frizzy hair -- here is my never-fails, frizz-fighting secret.
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1-4 of 4 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/29/12 at 04:46pm

    Like the gloves

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  • Posted by beautybody on 03/25/12 at 08:46pm

    i am glad it doesn't get too cold in cali.

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/14/12 at 12:28pm

    I love, love the advice about hat head. I will skip a hat to avoid the static and frizz. My 15 year old daughter refuses to wear a hat because her hair will look "stupid" when she takes it off. I will be spraying some dry shampoo into our frizz causing hats from now on!!

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  • Posted by jenn8779 on 01/11/12 at 01:21pm

    any chance that we can get a recommendation for a serum that is actually affordable for most folks? Please realize the people being paid minimun wage would have to work about 10-12 hours just to buy that serum. Those of us in the 99% would like to use beauty products too. LOL

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