There’s no denying that when the warm winds of summer transition to the cool breezes of fall and then the chilly gales of winter, your skin is going to feel the effects, and not in a good way. Your hands and face will likely get the worst of it through exposure to the coldest temperatures, resulting in dryness and redness to start, followed by chapping, peeling, itchiness, cracking, and general irritation and discomfort over time. Eventually, however, these symptoms will spread to other parts of your body. Even your hair can’t escape the drying effects of winter weather. But aside from drinking your eight glasses of water a day and bathing in lotion, how can you stave off the ill effects of harsh winter winds? Here are a few great beauty treatments that should help you to cope with winter weather conditions.
- Deep conditioning hair treatment. If your main complaint is frizzy follicles, limp locks, and unruly fly-aways, you might be seeking a strategy to tame your tortured tresses. And you can’t do much better than a deep conditioning mask for your hair. Hot oil treatments are one way to go, but they can be tricky to master. You might end up burning your scalp or failing to remove the oil properly, leaving you looking like a drowned rat. Hydrating masks, on the other hand, are easy to apply. And generally all you have to do is leave them on for a few minutes, rinse, and you’re good to go with hair that is lush, lustrous, and primed to stay in place.
- Hydrating face mask. With less cover than the rest of your body, your face is susceptible to the worst that winter weather can dish up. While there’s little you can do to protect it out in the world, you can certainly combat the effects of the cold by pumping a little moisture back into your skin with a specially formulated, hydrating face mask. Whether you opt to go to a spa for professional service or you do your own at home, these weekly (or more frequent) treatments will help to reverse dryness, wind-burn, peeling, redness, and overall irritation, returning your skin to a calm and beautiful state.
- Hot stone massage. If your skin remains tight and itchy no matter how much lotion you rub on, then maybe it’s time for a treatment that uses heat to open pores and then saturates you in oil that’s going to hydrate your skin and lock in moisture. With some hot stones at the ready, your massage therapist can wash away your winter skin woes and leave you relaxed and sporting soft, supple skin.
- Mani-pedi. Your hands and feet will suffer plenty during the long, winter months, when extremities are at the bottom of the totem pole, cardiovascularly speaking. First they’ll get cold, and then you’ll suffer chapping, cracking, and other problems. Luckily, rejuvenation is only a mani-pedi away thanks to treatment packages that offer not only a paint job for your nails, but also a spa tub for your tootsies, paraffin wax, and extra massage.
- Spray tan. Okay, this won’t really do much for your skin besides make it look a bit livelier during the long winter months. But after you get sloughed and buffed at the Bella Sante day spa, why wouldn’t you want to procure a sun-kissed glow that would otherwise be impossible until Punxsutawney Phil delivers his verdict on the end of winter? If you’re feeling pale and pasty due to months without the sun, perhaps the best beauty treatment to help you make it through the remainder of winter is a spray-on tan that will give you the even, golden color you crave without the harmful UV rays that a tanning bed entails.
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