With dry air wreaking havoc on our skin and hair, winter has the potential to be our body’s least favorite season. You don’t have to suffer through the dryness and irritation that comes with the cold if you know where to turn in the beauty aisle. When it comes to updating your beauty routine for the frigid months, remember the three M’s!
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: You might have heard that taking colder showers will help your skin stay supple, but who really wants to take a cold shower in the winter? When our hands are cracked and dry, we turn to Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve for instant relief. Apply it once at night before bed and once at midday, and cracks will become a thing of the past. Our favorite way to keep the rest of our body moisturized can be found at the local drugstore. Cult classic Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula will keep your skin soft all season long. Apply after a shower while your skin is still a bit damp for maximum moisture.
Kiehl’s Hand Salve, $13 »
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, $4.99 »
Make It Matte: Spring and summer are the time for shiny lips, but when it comes to your lipstick for winter, matte is the way to go. Matte looks chic in every shade, so whether you’re a nude or bright red kind of girl, this look will work for you. Matte lipsticks can be drying, which is no match for already-dry winter lips. To avoid cracking and flakes, apply a balm (our secret weapon is Nanak’s Lip Smoothee) before swiping on lipstick. Be sure to wait five minutes and blot lips with a tissue before applying lipstick so you don’t lose the matte effect. Our favorite shades this season? Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color in Forever and Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout.
Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color, $33 »
Masks: Dry air can zap our hair of moisture and leave strands dull and staticky. Not to mention that we desperately need a way to avoid hat hair after rocking that chic Karl Lagerfeld Choupette beanie. A hair mask will keep your locks soft, shiny, and static-free. Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Mask is so effective that you’ll need to use it only once a week. Apply it after you shampoo with a wide-tooth comb. Leave on for the remainder of your shower—at least five minutes. Rinse … and get ready to love your locks again.
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Mask, $33 »