Baby, it’s cold outside—and as the weather gets colder and the air gets drier, it’s not such a great time for your winter-whipped skin and hair. Rather than be plagued by flaky skin and parched, frizzy hair you need to hide under a hat all season, focus on hydrating products that will both soothe and smooth.
Lot of cleansers strip skin's natural oils, but First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser dissolves makeup—including waterproof mascara—while its sunflower oil also conditions skin, keeping it soft and hydrated. Remember to use lukewarm water, since super-hot water may feel good when temps drop, but it actually further dries skin. To keep peeling and flaking at bay, use an exfoliator several times a week to slough off dead skin. The towelettes from Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel pack a double punch with alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids that reveal fresh skin and also helps with signs of aging, without stripping your skin’s natural moisture barrier or causing irritation. If you do suffer from occasional flakes, powders can stick to them, making them much more noticeable, so for winter, switch to a hydrating cream blush like Stila Convertible Color in Peony, which looks like naturally flushed-from-the-cold cheeks.
When it's not hot and humid out, you have to wash your hair more frequently, but in the winter, you can get away with going longer between washing your hair—which is a good thing, because washing it can be a very drying process (ironic, we know). Swap your regular over-drying shampoo—many use sulfates, which can cause frizziness, static, and split ends—for a sulfate-free conditioning cleanser like Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash. It’s a sulfate-free wash, so it doesn’t suds up with harsh chemicals that leave hair parched, and it cleanses, conditions, nourishes, and detangles in one step. Once a week, use a deep-conditioning mask; Cocovit Coconut Oil is the purest, rawest form of coconut, so it’s lightweight for an oil, meaning it absorbs quickly; wash it out after a few hours and you can practically hear your hair say, “Ahhh, thanks.” Then use a dry shampoo like Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk to extend time between washes and make it a good hair week.
Now when you get out in the elements, you know you’re hydrated. Bring on the snow!