Beat Winter’s Beauty Wrath with 5 Household Finds

Ah, winter. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But if you are from Chicago like I am, winter is also an unavoidable menace. Cracked cuticles and hair suffering from static are inevitable.

I’ve had enough of running to my local drugstore every time I see a compelling beauty commercial that will “heal” my winter beauty blues. I realized that the cures for my winter beauty blunders were already sitting in my own home. Give these 5 handy homemade tips a try before you throw on your boots in -15 degree weather to buy a fancy conditioner.

Potatoes. Yes, they are delicious mashed up with a pound of butter at your Christmas dinner table, but they also work for soothing puffy eyes. Let’s admit it, we all cry at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life – and the next morning, chances are your eyes will show it. Try the spud. Honey. No, not your honey that you still need to buy a Christmas present for. Use honey for dry, flaky lips. It will make them soft, supple, and succulent for that kiss under the mistletoe. Cooking spray. My hands are the first to dry out in the winter, and cuticle cracks are extremely painful. A quick spritz of cooking spray over your hands will soak in quickly, and won’t leave a thick lotion residue. Word of advice (from experience): don’t use the garlic-infused spray. Yogurt. It sounds scary, but try yogurt on your dry, frizzy hair. I learned this trick from a former beautician; the minute I took a leap of faith, I never went back! No need to do it every day, just when you notice your hair needs some TLC.
Sea salt. It’s great with a tequila shot at your holiday office party, but did you know that it can also be used to exfoliate your dry, patchy skin? Treat it like you would any store-bought product: wet your face and scrub gently. It will also tighten your pores so you can get the zoom lens out for your Christmas card picture.

The treetops won’t be the only thing glistening this winter!

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