Survive the winter with these beauty tips

There's a lot to enjoy about winter such as spending more time with family, curling up next to a warm fire and wearing big comfortable sweaters. From a beauty standpoint, however, the winter can bring dry skin, stress-related acne, achy feet and tired eyes. Here are some tips to get you through winter this year.

Tired Eyes

There are endless events during the holidays so of course you're tired from staying up late, overeating and drinking. To help reduce swelling, place a chilled gel eye mask over your eyes for a few minutes. If you don't have one, try frozen cotton balls or cucumbers. If you're suffering from redness or dry eyes, try lubricating eye drops.

Acne Breakouts

The holidays are stressful. There's so much to do in so little time that you don't always remember to take care of yourself. If you breakout, don't start popping pimples as this will only make things worse. Instead, reduce redness and swelling by putting an ice pack on the area for 5 to 10 minutes. If you need something stronger, try benzoyl peroxide gel or cream.

Achy Feet

After long hours of shopping for gifts or standing at a holiday party, your feet are bound to be achy by the end of the day. Soak your feet, alternating between warm and cold water every 10-15 minutes. The warmth will help ease the pain and the cold will help reduce swelling. Elevate your feet afterwards to allow the built-up fluids to drain.

Dry Skin

There's a lack of moisture in the air during the winter due to low humidity and indoor heating so it's hard to keep your skin hydrated. Resolve flakiness by exfoliating a couple times a week to remove dead skin, followed by a moisturizing lotion that works with your skin type (normal, oily, dry, sensitive). For your hands and feet, apply a thick moisturizing cream or coat of Vaseline followed by gloves and socks before you go to bed.

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