6 Cold Weather Beauty Tips

A smiling woman wearing an orange hat and scarfWinter should come with another weather advisory—rough beauty conditions ahead. The main culprits are cold air, which holds less moisture than warm air, and low humidity and central heating, which make already dry hair and skin even drier. The result: Your skin becomes rough and flaky while your hair feels dry and loses its shine. Even worse, cold weather hits harder as you get older, when the skin’s production of natural moisturizers starts to dip.

What should you do (aside from locking yourself indoors until spring)?

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These simple cold weather beauty tricks will help your skin smooth, your hair shiny, and your makeup looking fresh well past the groundhog’s springtime start date:

1. Invest in a humidifier.

If your heating system doesn’t have a built-in humidifier, place a portable unit in your bedroom to add extra moisture into the air and prevent dry skin and eyes in the winter. Set the unit for 30 to 50% humidity during the winter months, advises the Consumer Product Safety Commission. (Humidity levels above 60% may allow moisture to build up and condense on surfaces where bacteria can settle and flourish.) Change water in your humidifier daily and clean out the unit every week to destroy bacteria that can grow in stagnant water. Breathing in dirty mist can cause respiratory problems that are especially dangerous to allergy or asthma sufferers.