The season’s beauty vampires–biting winds, steamy showers, dipping temps, and drying indoor heat–can suck the life right out of your skin and hair. Luckily, we have easy advice for soothing your thirstiest parts, from scalp to soles.
By Jolene Edgar, Women’s Health
Dehydrated skin cells turn over more slowly, causing a buildup of dead skin, which hinders light reflection. Circulation also gets sluggish—and just like that, your glow is gone and fine lines look more pronounced.
Soothing Solution: Bolster your beauty from the inside out by drinking lots of water and loading up on omega-3s (essential fatty acids found in foods such as salmon and walnuts). “Omega-3s boost hydration, so I recommend taking supplements to ensure you get enough,” says Doris Day, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
Your daily skin regimen should start with a milky or creamy cleanser, which contains fewer stripping surfactants than gel formulas do. Try Naturopathica Sweet Lupine Cleansing Cream, $18, naturopathica.com. Follow with a cream or balm instead of a lotion. “They’re richer andbetter at holding water in the skin,” says Day, who likes those that contain antioxidants (green tea or niacinamide), humectants (hyaluronic acid or glycerin), and emollients (nut butters or oils). Try Episencial Protective Face Balm SPF 6, $7, at drugstores. “These creams insulate the skin, which is key when you’re constantly going between the cold outside and the drying heat indoors,” says Day.