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Monday, December 19, 2011
Beauty tips: Fight the winter woes

By Jessica Mehalic

This story originally appeared in the winter issue of ESPNHS Girl magazine. Click here to subscribe.

’Tis the season for hot cocoa, cute puffers — and lackluster hair and scaly skin. We heart winter … but not the beauty dilemmas that come with it.

Here’s how to overcome common cold-weather woes (made worse by all those outdoor practices) and stay stunning in the chilly months ahead.

Winter Woe No. 1 : “My hair is dry and lifeless. Washing it twice a day — before school and after practice — isn’t helping.”
Solution: “Shampooing twice a day is far too often!” says Robert Gioria,  owner of NYC’s chic Robert G Salon and the man responsible for maintaining Sarah Jessica Parker’s magnificent mane. “Washing hair too frequently strips it of natural oils that keep it hydrated.” Shampoo three times a week, max. In between, simply rinse your hair with water and follow up with a hydrating conditioner. Try Aveda Shampure Shampoo & Conditioner ($21 for the set) or Pantene Pro-V NatureFusion Moisture Balance Shampoo & Conditioner ($6.99 each). Alternatively, you can use a dry shampoo — such as Ojon Full Detox Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Spray ($13) — to eliminate odor and grease. If your strands are drier than the Sahara, Gioria recommends a hair masque or deep conditioning treatment once a week. We like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Rehydrate Intensive Deep Conditioner ($5.37).

Winter Woe No. 2: “Eww, my skin is flaking everywhere.”
“Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture in the air as well as low temps,” says Dr. David Colbert, a NYC dermatologist. Playing sports can worsen the problem because sweat causes the skin to lose moisture. Keep showers short and use a mild cleanser containing glycerin, such as Dove VisibleCare Softening Crème Body Wash ($5), which hydrates the skin. Dry off completely and apply a lightly or non-scented moisturizer like Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Calming Relief Lotion ($8) or Trilipiderm All-Body Natural Moisturizing Créme ($24.95). Get rid of any lingering flakiness with a gentle exfoliant like Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub ($6). “Use it a few times per week, but never daily,” warns Dr. Colbert. “Over-exfoliating can dry out your skin by breaking through the protective layer that traps water.” Treat super-dry patches with a petrolatum-containing ointment like Aquaphor ($5.99).

Winter Woe No. 3 : “My lips are always chapped, especially when I train outside.”
Solution: Licking your lips won’t help. Instead lightly swipe Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on your kisser ($3.39). If you’re exercising outdoors, a lip balm with sunscreen is essential, says Dr. Colbert. Pucker up with Aloe Gator Cherry Lip Balm with 30 SPF, a fave among surfers and swimmers because it’s waterproof for eight hours ($3). Avoid lipsticks and glosses, which aren’t as moisturizing and can plug pores, leading to breakouts.