Winter Beauty Solutions

NYC Beauty Blogger Katya Bychkova StyleSprinter

We’ve all been there: the moment the thermometer goes below 30 all the beauty problems seem to re-immerge all at one. Static hair, chapped lips, dry hands—when winter comes to New York, I’m experiencing it all! Based on what I discuss with you, friends, on social I’m not the only one whose beauty routine seems to fall apart when the temperature goes low. So, in today’s post, I’m sharing some of my beauty tips and tricks that make it easier to survive the cold season.

Winter Beauty Problem #1: Staticky Hair

That’s my number one problem, regardless how short or long my hair is. The moment I put on my winter coat, my hair starts to look like a blooming dandelion. I use a few techniques that help me to tame the winter hair. First, I switch from using a hair conditioner to using hair masks instead of a conditioner. That way, your hair is more hydrated and nourished and then less prone to acting weird. Then, I use anti-static hair products that help me to deal with the static electricity in my hair. Please keep in mind that you need regular anti-frizz products just don’t do it; you need anti-static products created to be used in wintertime.

Anti-static hair products I recommend:

Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets // These are new on the market, but I already love them. The individual packaging makes it so convenient to have them in your purse at all times!

• Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield Spray // This cult-favorite anti-frizz spray is great for any season, even though the packaging specifies only humid climate conditions.

Garnier Fructis Sleek Shine Frizz Guard Hair Spray // Since you are already finishing your hairstyle with a hairspray, why not use one that also offers anti-frizz properties?

My favorite hair masks:

Amika Nourishing Mask // The mask I’ve been using for the longest time ever! It literally transforms my skin during the cold season.

• Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment // It’s vegan and smells heavenly! My new favorite!

• SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque // I have so many luxury masks, but I keep coming back to this one when my hair is really struggling.

Winter Beauty Problem #2: Chapped Lips

Regardless how many lip balms I have in each of my jackets, when winter comes you need to introduce some heavy-duty lip products in your routine. I’m talking about lip masks, lip scrubs, and overnight treatments that will ensure that your lipstick goes on smoothly. And if you trust my opinion, please (PLEASE!) don’t exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush. From all the times I tried this DIY hack, my lips ended up in the worth condition than I started with. So, my advice would be to avoid this technique at all and instead invest in a gentle lip scrub.

Lip scrubs to consider:

Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub // It’s so gentle and so yummy—like a real dessert!

ELF Cosmetics  Lip Exfoliator // It really works and you can’t beat the price!

Lip treatments that really work:

Dermalogica Overnight Lip Treatment // This miracle product works better than even petrolatum applied to your lips at night!

•  Patchology Lip Renewal Lip Gels // The only lip mask I recently tried that actually works!

Lip balms that I can’t get enough of:

Eve Lom Kiss Mix Colour // It’s one of those rare products I used up the whole jar of and want more!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil // If your lips are already chapped, that’s the product that will fix them faster than anything else!

Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy // One of my favorite discoveries of 2017—all natural and super nourishing lip balm!

Winter Beauty Problem #3: Dry Hands

As a general rule, when winter comes I’m trying to remember to use a hand lotion every time I wash my hands. Similar to having a lip balm in every jacket, I have a miniature hand lotion in every bag so I have no excuses to forget about hydrating my hands. I also love a good hand masks that I wear for half an hour while watching TV – if you chose this route, make sure to stay consistent and treat your hands to a mask at least once a week.

Hand lotions that I admire:

• Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream // I use this hand cream since my teen ages and it’s still the best nourishing hand lotion ever!

L’Occitaine Shea Butter Hand Cream for Dry Skin // It’s one of the most reach and fabulous smelling hand lotions I ever tried!

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Lotion // It smells a bit weird, but it’s the only product that could save severely dry hands in a matter of hours!

Hand treatments that really work:

Karuna Hydrating Hand Mask // It’s one of the most nourishing hand masks out there and I love that it features stickers that allow securing the mask on your hands.

Sabon Body Scrub in Patchouli Lavender Vanilla // Based on my Instagram Story poll results, not many people know about the brand, but I’ve been obsessing about their body scrubs for years. These are salt and oil based scrubs that will reveal smoother skin in a matter of seconds!

Winter Beauty Problem #4: Dry Skin

As I mentioned multiple times on my blog, I do not enjoy applying body lotions as much as I love other skincare rituals, but in the wintertime, there is no way around it. I’m trying to trick myself into moisturizing my picking the best smelling body lotions, but simply hydrating is not enough. Similar to my skincare approach, I make sure to exfoliate my skin regularly, which means a mandatory Sunday exfoliation with a tentative Wednesday scrub.

Body lotions that smell heavenly:

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Butter

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter

Being by Sanctuary SPA Salted Caramel & Macadamia Body Butter

• Oribe Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Crème

Winter Beauty Problem #5: Runny Mascara

As a contact lens wearer, I can’t survive winter if I’m not wearing sunglasses while outdoors. But oftentimes physical protection from the wind is not enough. You need to make sure that you are wearing the right makeup that will not run even if your eyes got irritated. For me, it means switching to the waterproof version of my favorite mascaras and using an eyeshadow primer to ensure that my eye makeup stays put.

Look no more, if you need a great waterproof mascara:

Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Waterproof Mascara

These eyeshadow primers never failed me:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden

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There you have it: my favorite winter skin solutions that I personally use right now. I wonder if you learned something new from the post? Also, perhaps you have your winter beauty tip that you’d like to share with the Style Sprinter community? If so, please feel free to share it in the comments area below.