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.”
Solution: “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.