Posted: Mar 11 2016
Harsh, cold weather can have a serious effect on your skin, hair and nails. The cold air, wind, rain and extreme temperatures combined with the drying effects of central heating can dehydrate you and leave you with limp hair, itchy skin and brittle nails.
Although frustrating, the problems are easily fixed and understanding why you're having the issue is the first step to correcting it. Here at 4 of the most common winter beauty issues, and some quick and easy ways you can fix them.
1. Dry Hands
In cold weather, the humidity in the outside air is dramatically reduced. Plus, thanks to central heating, inside the house, things can be even drier. What you might not consider is that during cold and flu season we tend to wash our hands more frequently to avoid catching bugs and transferring bacteria and this could sap whatever natural oils are left in your skin.
You should be creating a protective barrier on your hands to ward off the effects of harsh temperatures as well as replacing the lost moisture.
We'd recommend Kukui Oil Hand & Nail Cream by Connock London. This hand cream is non-greasy and quick to be absorbed and it provides intense moisture and nourishment to dry hands and nails. Kukui oil's unique blend of essential fatty acids seals in elevated levels of moisture and reinforces the skin's natural barrier whilst antioxidant vitamins A and E protect against environmental factors and renew the appearance of skin showing signs of ageing, dryness, fine lines and chapping.
2. Frizzy Hair
The culprit is the same, dry weather. We usually associate humidity with bad hair days (we've all been on holiday somewhere hot and found it hard to tame our tresses) but the truth is, a little bit of humidity is a good thing. Your hair is stripped of its (essential) oils when the weather gets cold, leaving it frizzy, dry and unmanageable.
Inject some much needed moisture into your hair but cutting down on blow drying / heat treatments during the winter months. If you must use heat to style, ensure you use a heat protection spray or balm before you get started. Avoid washing your hair every day as you'll be stripping out the oils that help keep it healthy, and pick a shampoo and conditioner enriched with essential oils.
We'd recommend Arran Aromatics After The Rain Shampoo and Conditioner which is infused with an irresistibly fresh blend of rose petals, musk and floral citrus. It contains Pro Vitamin B5, known to promote enhanced hair condition and it smells heavenly!
3. Chapped Lips
Dry lips are one of the first signs of dehydration. The delicate skin on our lips is so sensitive to extreme temperatures that they can become sore and crack very early into the winter season, causing painful unsightly flakes and making eating and drinking sore and difficult. Why does it happen? Your lips don’t have oil glands, and they're almost always exposed to the elements.
It's tempting, but don't lick them! It may provide temporary relief, but as the saliva dries it will take with it more moisture from your skin, leaving you in worse shape than you started. Moisturise them throughout the day whenever you remember. Usually 8-10 times is best, and keep a tube of your favourite lip balm handy at all times.
Ensure you're drinking lots of water too, as hydration starts from the inside.
We recommend make up artists fave beauty fix Dr Lip, Nipple balm for lips made with 100% pure medical grade Lanolin - Ultra-thick, ultra-hydrating, odourless & lasts for hours. It'll moisturise, whilst also creating a thick barrier to protect your lips from the elements.
4. Dry Skin.
When it's cold out, we tend to bundle up our hands, feet and bodies in layers of warm fabric to keep out the howling winds and bitter rain, however we forget that our faces tend to be exposed to the cold all the time. Our faces are extra sensitive and this extreme weather can cause tight, dry itchy skin especially around the hairline and chin.
Aside from wearing a balaclava? Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Your skin needs a lot more love and attention this time of year, and so it's worth spending a little more on a product that's been specially formulated for dry skin. BIOEFFECT is an Icelandic skincare brand that has been developed with extreme weather in mind, and the whole range contains deeply moisturising active ingredients. Its award-winning formulas contain moisture-rich Hyaluronic Acid and plant-produced EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) - a natural protein that stimulates the renewal of skin cells. For a visibly more radiant complexion invest in their wrinkle-defying serum that is now used by around 30% of Icelandic women over the age of 30.
We recommend, the best selling EGF Serum and the Daytime Rich moisturiser.