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Don’t take long showers.
We know that standing under a hot stream of water can make you feel better … but did you know it wreaks havoc on your skin? If your showers are too long and too hot, your skin will actually dry out. Try to keep them to five minutes or less, during which time you can crank up the heat as high as you dare.
Take care of your tootsies.
Your feet are bound to get dry and cracked when the temperature falls. We recommend a rich foot cream, like CND Cucumber Heel Therapy ($15 at ulta.com). Rub it in before bed each night and your feet will be baby soft without a flake or peel in sight!
Don’t stress your tresses.
While we definitely don’t recommend walking out of the house with wet hair—not only might you catch a cold, but your hair will freeze—you do need to protect it before blowdrying and flat ironing. Use a protective spray before any heat styling, and be sure to use a deep conditioning hair mask once or twice a month, too.
A large majority of people set working out as a New Year’s resolution. As great as exercising is for the body, it can wreak havoc on your hair. The trick is in how you treat your hair during, and after your workouts, here are some simple things to remember.
A high ponytail is the best way to keep your hair off your neck, keeping you cooler and keeping it away from sweat and grime that can cause damage.
Try not to wrap ponytail holders so tight that they choke your hair, they should be secure enough to stay in place but not so tight that your hair is pulled from the root.
If your ponytail needs to be “tightened” remove the holder and start over. Tugging on strands to tighten will cause stress at the point of the holder.
Use a sweatband or wrap right where your hairline meets your scalp, this helps protect your hair from sweat and keeps it fresh. I hear lots of people raving about the stylish sweatbands (as seen in the picture above) over at SweatyBands.com.
Try out hair powders or freshening sprays in place of washing your hair every day. For many of us, washing our hair every day is not recommended, so this will help prolong your last shampoo session. Bumble and bumble makes a great hair powder, that you can get at sephora.com.
Just keep in mind that the benefits of working out far outweigh the negatives it can have on hair, especially if you minimize them as best you can.
Pair a red lip with light eyes.
Don’t let your eyes and lips compete for the spotlight. We love both Fergie and Kirsten Dunst here—they each went for a bold, creamy red lip and pale complementary eye makeup. A smoky eye would take away from the drama of the red lip—and with a look like this, you need to be careful not to go over the top.
Smoky eyes deserve pale lips.
Conversely, you don’t want to have a super dark lip when you go for a dramatic smoky eye. Let the black liner and mascara speak for themselves, as seen here on Jennifer Love Hewitt. The super pale pink lip is such a pretty and feminine contrast to such a standout eye.
Get a good blowout.
You want your hair to shimmer and shine—it is the holidays, after all! Go for a smooth blowout with a bit of bounce like Claire Danes. There are blowout bars popping up everywhere—our favorite is definitely Drybar, which has locations from California to New York and is opening up new ones fairly regularly.
Dark nails make a statement.
You know what’s expected? Glitter, sparkle and either gold or silver. So why not darken up your nails this season? And yes, red may be a tad on the predictable side … but not when it’s a wine-colored hue with black undertones, as seen here on Jessica Biel.
Whatever you do this season, be sure to have fun. Makeup, hair and nails are an extension of your personality, so be sure to let yourself shine through!