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Winter beauty tips for your hair and face

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As it continues to get cold outside your hair and skin will continue to suffer if you haven’t changed your beauty routine yet. Somethings are simple enough like a deep moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out and using a humidifier when indoors but did you also know that menthol lip balms actually do the reverse and dry your lips out more in the winter? Here are some additional tips for taking care f your hair and skin this winter.

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Take care of your lips by wearing a moisturizing lip color. If your lips are already significantly chapped, use a moisturizing lip balm that doesn't contain menthol, phenol or camphor. Lip balms with these ingredients may feel good temporarily but in the long run they'll just continue to dry your lips out. For lip color try Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm ($27, Sephora) and Beecology Lemon Lavender Lip Balm ($2.99, Beecology).

Use moisturizing products for your skin. Those scented lotions from Bath and Body Works and Victoria's Secret are great but their moisturizing power is short lived. Instead choose a deep moisturizing lotion that deep penetrates and soothes the skin. You can layer the scented lotion on top afterward so you get the best of both worlds. Try Jergens Naturals Naturals Ultra Hydrating Daily Moisturizer Lotion ($6.99, Walgreen’s)

Illumination foundations that are in cream form as well as cream blushes add a glow to your skin as well as lock in moisture versus powders that will dry your skin out. Try Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation ($38, Sephora) and NYX Rouge Cream Blush ($6, NYX)

If you have oily hair that doesn't mean that you don’t need hydration. In the winter months it's good to switch to a hydrating shampoo and conditions and skip a day in between washes to help your hair retain its natural oils. If your hair starts to get dry and your scalp starts to get flaky switch to an intense hydrating shampoo. Try Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.49, Walgreen’s) and Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Shampoo for Dry Hair ($19, Ulta)

Lastly, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter rays are just as damaging as sun rays if not more due to the sun rays reflecting off of the snow. Take care and make sure you always wear sunscreen with some sort of SPF protection. Try a broad spectrum sunscreen like Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 ($48, Dermalogica).

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