6 Winter Beauty Tips and Tricks You'll Want to Try

Chapped lips, hat hair, and pasty skin got you down? Try these six easy hacks for conquering the most dreaded winter woes.

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01 of 06

Stop Static-y Strands

Static on your dress? Annoying. Static on your head? Even worse. First, why it happens: When the air gets dry, hair loses electrons (negatively-charged ions) and builds up a positive charge, making individual hairs repel each other. They fling upward because they're trying to put as much distance as possible between each other.

How to fix it: Moisturize your hair to help its charge remain neutral. But instead of reaching for thick masks and creams (which can weigh hair down), or dryer sheets (who is toting these around, anyway?), invest in a dry oil spray. These formulas are diluted versions of hair oils, so they're lighter but still hydrating. Try OGX Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Weightless Healing Dry Oil ($10, ulta.com).

Instead of spraying it directly onto your hair, mist it onto your hands or a brush, then run it through strands. Hair will feel softer, look shinier, and be less likely to stand straight up. If you're wearing a hat, wrap your hair into a low bun to help keep it smooth and contained, then undo it when you arrive at your destination.

02 of 06

Soothe Chapped Lips

Start the healing process by gently exfoliating flakes. Combine a drop of olive oil and a pinch of brown sugar, then slick the mixture onto your lips and buff it off with a warm washcloth. Don't have the patience for DIY?

Try Burt's Bees Natural Conditioning Lip Scrub ($9, target.com); it buffs away dead skin while nourishing the lips. Now that those pesky flakes are out of the way, the soothing ingredients you apply will work better. Put on a nourishing balm with SPF during the day, like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($31, amazon.com), and a thicker balm at night, like Sara Happ The Dream Slip Night Lip Treatment ($34, nordstrom.com) to help stop the heat in your room from sucking your lips dry. Dermatologists prefer fragrance-free options. Find more dry lip fixes to try.

03 of 06

Alleviate a Red Face

Whether you're wind burnt from a recent ski trip or battling a cold, this will help take the red out: Wash your face with a soap-free, calming cleanser, like Eucerin Redness Relief Cleansing Gel ($8, walmart.com), which contains a licorice root extract that helps tone down redness. Top it with a neutralizing treatment.

This one is an investment, but as someone who gets red often, it works: SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer ($70, dermstore.com), which feels cool and has a soothing blend to prevent flushing. Try using it in the a.m., post-shower. And if you're still red, opt for a color-correcting makeup primer or concealer that's tinted green to cancel out redness. Try Smashbox Photo Finish Correct Anti-Redness Face Primer ($42, sephora.com).

04 of 06

Heal Dry Skin

Upgrade your face wash to a cleansing oil, which removes dirt and makeup, but leaves skin hydrated. Then, moisturize with a formula containing hyaluronic acid, which pulls hydration into the outer layer of the skin. The same oil rule applies to your body wash, too.

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil ($29, qvc.com) leaves skin supple—even in the dead of winter. Pro tip: Derms recommend applying lotion when the skin—both face and body—is still wet to help maximize hydration benefits. Learn more expert dry skin tips.

05 of 06

Treat a Flaky Scalp

Cold weather triggers the scalp to produce more oil to counteract the dry environment—sigh. If you aren't washing often and overdosing on dry shampoo (no judgment here), the extra oil combined with dead skin cells results in what looks like snowflakes when you brush your hair and take down your ponytail.

Wash hair more frequently and once a week, use a clarifying shampoo or one that contains pyrithione zinc, an ingredient found in most anti-dandruff shampoos. The secret to getting rid of flakes for good: Let the shampoo sit on your scalp for at least 10 minutes (any less and the ingredient won't work as well). While you wait, shave or apply a face mask, then rinse.

06 of 06

Soften Scaly Hands

Since washing your hands less often isn't an option, use moisturizing hand soap to help counteract the drying effects. While washing with warm water feels nice on a freezing day, lukewarm water does less damage. Dry hands thoroughly (lingering water causes—you guessed it—more dryness).

Then, slather on a hydrating lotion, like Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream ($5, target.com), which has alpha hydroxy to gently exfoliate rough patches of skin. You get bonus points for applying a formula with sunscreen to protect against brown spots during the day. We like Supergoop! Handscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($38, sephora.com). Spot treat ragged cuticles and cracks with an ointment like Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy ($5, target.com).

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