Spring officially begins on March 20 and even though it may not feel warm outside, we are looking forward to saying sayonara to beauty annoyances that flair up during the winter.
Wearing a hat (or toque) during the winter is unavoidable and with that comes the dreaded hat head hair, in which your perfectly styled coif comes undone in a matter of minutes. We can't wait to say goodbye to hair pressed flat against our skulls.
While we love tights (they are a great alternative to leggings), they can be a pain to put on and frankly, aren't the most comfortable to wear.
The winter doesn't give us too many options when it comes to what we can put on our legs (see tights). All that winter eating can make pants feel tight around the waist. We can't wait until we can wear summer dresses and feel the wind against our bare legs.
One of the worst side effects of winter is dry skin. We are forced to constantly put lotion on our hands to avoid painful, cracked skin so we are looking forward to not having to moisturize our hands every five minutes!
Along with dry skin, cracked lips also ranks high as a winter annoyance. We long for the day when we aren't constantly re-applying Burt's Bees to our lips.
Not only do we get hat head, but we also must suffer from static hair. The quickest way to get rid of it is by sprinkling a little bit of water in a brush and running it through your hair. But really, we would rather not deal with it all.
It's not that fun trudging in snow and slush every day in heavy boots. And if we try to wear our cute leather riding boots, they get ruined!
Is it just us or does every city over-salt their streets? Unless we try to jump over pools of salt, our pants and boots are doomed to picking up salt stains that make them look tired and old.
More dry winter skin fixes:
Choose Cream Over Lotion
"The best way to fix and protect winter skin is to seal it and heal it," Krant says. "Yes, I just made that up." That means choosing a moisturizer that locks in moisture and provides some protection of the dermis to encourage healing, but still lets the skin breathe. Krant recommends choosing a thick, fragrance-free cream instead of a lotion, which can be watery, and putting it on after every shower. <a href="www.drbobby.com">Dr. Bobby Buka</a>, a dermatologist in practice in New York City, also encourages a thick moisturizer. "I like non-petroleum based moisturizers," Buka told HuffPost Healthy Living. "Naturalists should like this too! Ceramides are naturally occurring moisturizers found in many emollients nowadays."
Skip The Perfume
Your perfume can irritate your skin and, thanks to its alcohol content, can interfere with your skin's ability to maintain moisture levels. "Avoid fragrance, as this can cause mild irritation that further compromises barrier function against drying elements," Buka says.
Cut Your Shower Time
Shortening your shower time and cooling the temperature of the water won't feel so great in the moment, when you'd like a little steam heat in your life, but your skin will thank you later. Hot, long showers strip our skin of its natural moisturizing oils, according to Krant. And Buka recommends bathing no more than once a day.
Drink More Water Than You Want To
"Drink more water each day than you expect to really need," advises Krant. That will help replenish the water you're losing, thanks to windy, cold weather and overheated houses.
Wear Your Food
"Coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil applied topically are great," says Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, HuffPost Healthy Living's Wellness Editor, who credits these nourishing, food-grade oils with helping many of her patients.
Eat Some Omega-3s
Fitzgerald recommends eating fish oil supplements or another source of heart-healthy omega-3s. That may be because a component of omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid -- or EPA -- is thought to <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/benefits-of-omega-35.htm">help regulate the skin's oil production</a>, reports Discovery Health.
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