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Winter Beauty Tips for Healthy Hair, Nails and Skin

We know: it’s hard to believe that winter even exists in New England this year. But regardless of Mother Nature’s plans, maintaining a beautiful and healthy self this winter is just as crucial as any other year.

There are many elements of winter that cause us to take a second look at our beauty routine because – let’s face it – you may be feeling a little dull this time of year. You’re not alone, which is a good thing because it allows us to address the winter beauty issues that many of us face.

Are you interested in having radiant hair during winter? Do you crave glowing skin in winter? Do your nails need a little beauty boost? There are a few simple winter beauty tips that you can follow to brighten your complexion and make your locks healthy and radiant once again. Take care of your skin, hair, nails and whole self this winter so you can look, feel and be a beautiful winter goddess.

The following article, originally posted on HuffingtonPost.com, delivers winter beauty tips and tricks to help you solve some common winter beauty issues. Be radiant and healthy this winter; these winter beauty tips will help you!

Winter Health: Skin, Hair and Beauty Problems You Can Fix

Depending on where you live, this winter has ranged anywhere from “mild” to “oh, it’s winter?” No major blizzards, way less snow than usual and generally warm-ish temperatures across the country have made many people question if true winter is ever coming. But even though you’ve barely noticed a change in the weather, your skin, nails and hair definitely have — and they’re probably starting to show signs of their plight.

Even in less-than-brutal conditions, your body will let you know when it’s been the victim of the season’s beating. Whether it’s flaky skin, brittle nails or hair that clings worse than a sweater dress to sweater tights, these symptoms can be treated, both by care and keeping, and what you’re eating and drinking.

You may be going gloveless this warm winter, but your body still needs a little extra love. Survive the slow slide into spring with these tips for fixing the winter icks, from the inside out.

Lips

If you’ve been licking your lips all winer in anticipation of spring, knock it off — you’re making your mouth sad. Think of your pucker like a newborn — it’s basically helpless, and needs a lot of extra care and attention. That’s because the skin of your lips isn’t like your other skin; it doesn’t produce sweat, natural oils or any of the other excretions that help skin stay supple on its own.

To care for your lips, use this neat trick: Run your toothbrush under some warm water, until the bristles soften. Then, ever-so-gently, brush your lips with the brush to remove any dead, dry or flaky chapped skin. Liberally apply a heavy moisture (petroleum jelly is kind of a great one, even though it sounds gross), and keep some with you to re-apply throughout the day. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and keep try to keep the lizard-like lip-licking to a minimum.

Nails

You’ve been so focused on your complexion and hat-hair, you’ve nearly forgotten about your sad, brittle nails, which can get torn up as a result of cold air and the temperature changes between indoors and out. But luckily, your nails are pretty forgiving, and simply paying more attention to them when moisturizing your hands can help keep them in tip-top shape.

Make it a point to rub lotion onto your nails and nail beds when you’re re-greasing during the day. Also, increase your protein intake (either with supplements, or by eating more fish, or oily nuts like walnuts) to give them a chance at a better life.

Face

The combination of wind and a lack of sunlight has the unfortunate effect of not only drying out your skin, but leaving it with an ashen, zombie-like pallor that’s just not pretty. Get your glow back (without a visit to the tanning salon, because, let’s be real, they’re still not safe) by exfoliating, moisturizing and faking it.

While in the shower (when your skin is soft and your pores are open), scrub your face with an oil-free exfoliating wash, which also contains salicylic acid to fight acne — because, weirdly, despite the fact that you look sallow and sad, you’re also somehow breaking out. Then, right after the shower, apply a moisturizer that’s also oil-free. Do the same thing even when you’re not in the shower.

Even if you never, ever wear blush, winter’s a good time to start. Find a nice, lightweight stain (Benetint, by Benefit is available from Birchbox and is amazing for looking healthy, and not like the ingenue of a soap opera) and apply it to the apples of your cheeks, (bear with me) the tip of your nose and along your hairline. I know it sounds strange, but it really does help perk you up.

Hair

Heaven knows you’re already loathe to leave your bed each morning during these dark days, but, as if to add insult to injury, winter also has a way of making sure your hair is as abysmal as it can be. Wind and cold (as well as wooly hats and excessive rain) can strip the hair from root to tip, leaving it dry, staticky and prone to irritating flyaways.

To give your hair a break from the brutal conditions, shampoo it less frequently in the winter — like, every other day or less (or consider going off shampoo altogether). And be gentle with it when its wet. If at all possible, cut out blow-drying, and don’t brush your brittle strands straight out of the shower. Condition heavily, and consider a smoothing serum for added moisture. If you’re broke (or don’t like to spend money on beauty products), a tiny dash of extra virgin olive oil will actually take care of it quite nicely.

And because your hair and nails are similar, if you’re already following the instructions about additional protein and fats, your hair will reap the rewards and grow in lush and lovely.

Body

Probably one of the best things you can do to fight winter dryness and ickiness is drink water. Seriously. Drink water. You can also incorporate inside-out moisturizers, like fish or krill oil capsules, or flax seed oil, to help your body produce enough lipids to keep you soft and smooth.

Caffeine and booze can also dry you out, so if you’re into sipping your sins, be sure to increase your water intake, and carry your moisturizers (one for face, one for the rest of your skin) around with you.

If you’ve got itchy winter skin, make sure you’ve got a scrubbing loofah or brush waiting for you in the shower to remove any and all flakes. Then — you guessed it — slather on the lotion as soon as you get out.

Brain

Sure, even a mild winter means your skin is taking a beating, but what about your brain? During months that are low in light, Seasonal Affective Disorder is no laughing matter. Consider getting a light-box, or finding a greenhouse near you that may have sun-lamps that you can casually “shop for.” Just once a week, skip your SPF-heavy regimen, and let your face go bare. The sun exposure won’t hurt you, but it will help your skin soak up a few of winter’s little rays.

A key point that we want you to take away from this winter beauty article is this: you don’t have to succumb to the effects that winter can have on your health. If you take care of your hair, nail, body and mental health, you can be the winter beauty you deserve to be.

Whether you’re focused on nail care in winter, hair care in winter, body and skin care in winter, or any other winter beauty issue, you can fight the seasonal effects with an “inside out” approach. Here are a few winter health tips that will help you stay beautiful from the inside out:

  • Consume a variety of foods that are proven to stimulate hair and nail growth
  • Salmon contains Omega-3 essential fatty acids that help prevent scalp dryness
  • Beans, nuts and poultry contain high quality proteins for strong, healthy and radiant hair in winter
  • Take a quality multiple vitamin & mineral formula that contains antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, B complex vitamins and other minerals like zinc
  • When the sun is shining, take a step outside for a few minutes… we’ve been getting enough abnormally warm days, so this should be a welcome “task!”

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