It’s not easy to feel pretty when winter weather is ravaging. Basically anything that can go wrong in the beauty department does go wrong: cracked, lips, irritated skin, dry hair—the list goes on. Which is why you really have to hand it to the women who live in seriously freezing places.
In cities like Moscow and Ithaca, NY (and now, apparently, NYC), winter can last from November to April, with storms raging on the regular. That means locals have to adapt, coming up with clever and efficient ways to protect their skin and hair. To help all who face winter gain a beauty advantage, we interviewed 11 ladies from frigid locales. From the only mascara you should be using to the product that’s “sunshine in a bottle,” find out their winter beauty secrets.
Keep reading to learn how gals in sub-zero cities do winter beauty—there’s some awesome advice in here.
"My skin always feels and looks best in the winter when I go to the next level with moisturizing everywhere I can: I have a humidifier in the bedroom, go double-time on the water consumption, and never go anywhere without an alcohol-free lip balm (Aquaphor). Fall asleep with the lip balm on and when you wake up the flakes are soft enough to gently brush off with a towel. I also pat on a li’l face oil over of my regular moisturizer (underneath my foundation so it looks more dewy/less cake-y), as well as before bed."
"There are three major beauty fixes I stick by in the winter months. I use coconut oil all over my body—it's the best moisturizer for skin and lips (it also works amazingly on dry ends and scalps). I carry dryer sheets in my purse for my always-present static hair, and lastly, I drink lots and lots of hot lemon water because, well, that fixes just about everything."