Easy ways to winter-proof you skin, hair and nails!
Winter can be a joyous time of year filled with a lot of holiday cheer. It’s a time when families come to celebrate and reunite. While there is plenty to look forward to, winter’s brutal weather can affect the way you look and feel.
We’ll show you some ways you can keep yourself looking young and beautiful while enjoying all that winter has to offer.
Be smart about your shower. It’s getting hot in here... and your clothes are not the only thing you’ll be taking off (kudos to you if you got the Nelly reference). Hot showers can strip away natural oils on your skin. The longer you stay in the shower, the more likely your skin will dry out and be more vulnerable to drying and cracking in the chilling winter air.
Remove skin drying agents from the water. You can buy a shower filter to remove chlorine and fluoride. These chemical elements tend to cause your skin to become drier.
Keep your skin moist. The key to keeping your skin moist is to find a fragrance free, moisturizing lotion. These lotions help the skin maintain its plumpness and healthy glow. I personally like Vaseline® Intensive Rescue Repairing moisturizer.
Be conscious of how you apply cream around your eyes, however. The skin around your eyes is a tenth of the thickness compared to other areas of your face. You should use your ring finger to reduce the pressure when applying cream to keep this delicate area from bruising or damage.
Also, keep your fingernails chip-free, by rubbing moisturizer into your nails and cuticles.
Quick tip: before applying the moisturizer to your body, make sure to add a couple drops of water into the lotion. Mix it around in your hand and then apply it to your face, arms, legs and wherever else you need it.
Wash your hair as needed. If you exercise a lot (we hope you do!) or have an oily scalp, wash your hair every day. If your have normal or dry scalp, shampooing every 2 to 3 days is ok.
Get a flake-free scalp. Let’s enjoy the snow flakes and be less worried about scalp flakes. Dandruff can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Keep the white flakes outside with these dandruff remedies:
Rubbing some tea tree oil and/or coconut oil into your scalp. Let it set for a few minutes before you hit the shower.
Rinse your hair with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water before your take a shower. Choose an anti-dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders.
Eat a diet rich in Vitamin B, omega 3 fatty acids, and zinc . Omega 3s can help keep dandruff under control. That is because it reduces the inflammatory compounds that is released in your body as we age.  You can get your share of omega 3s by eating walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and fish, to name a few.
Your diet can protect you against wrinkly and saggy skin. Eating foods high in anti-oxidants can help keep your skin healthy. Foods such as blueberries, strawberries, peppers and tomatoes. They have potent antioxidants which fight against wrinkles and guard your skin’s collagen. Collagen are the proteins that keep skin smooth and firm. These fruits and vegetables in particular can preserve these proteins and more importantly preserve your youth.
Drink water. Water not only keeps your skin hydrated, helping it appear healthier and fuller, but it also helps transport nutrients to your skin. Aim for at least eight 8oz glasses each day.
Sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. Sunglasses not only keep your eyes healthy by shielding them from harmful UV rays, but they also protect the delicate layer of skin around your eyes as well. Snow can reflect up to 80% of UV which is significantly higher than the 10% reflected by grass, soil or water. This means that you are exposed to more skin-damaging UVA and UVB rays. 
Exfoliate. Many facial scrubbers have micro-beads to help rub off dead skin and reveal a newer, more radiant layer. However, you can go over board and damage the skin if you are too rough. Limit exfoliations to no more than 3 times a week. When exfoliating, apply gentle pressure on your face and make sure to pat dry your face after. Often times we rub our skin and pull it in all directions, which weaken the collagen and cause sagging.
What are some secret beauty tips that you have? Comment below to let us know!
Joe Sans owns and operates Tension Toner.