Dry skin. Brittle nails. Dull, frizzy hair. By now we've had just about all we can take of the cold weather beauty blues, but it's time to stop complaining and take action. Spring has just arrived, and a little pampering now means we'll be ready and looking our best when the first warm days finally start rolling in. Here, some common beauty issues and the products that will fix them-- fast. By Nina Ruggiero
The problem: Sensitive skin The solution: Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder Use: It's just as important to cleanse your face properly in the winter months, but dry, chapped skin needs extra care. This exfoliating powder cleanser is extra gentle and leaves skin smooth and bright. Wet face and shake a small amount of the powder into hands. Rub hands together to form a creamy lather and massage over face in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Buy: $60 at amartecosmetics.com.
The problem: Chapped lips The solution: ILIA Balmy Nights lip exfoliator Use: Granules of volcanic stone powder gently exfoliate the lips, leaving them smooth and ready to absorb the moisture from the lip conditioner of your choice . . . we recommend their complementing product, Balmy Days. Buy: $24 at iliabeauty.com.
The problem: Dry, dull hair The solution: Christo Fifth Avenue Sea Treatment Use: Head to Christo's Manhattan salon at 574 Fifth Avenue for a luxurious hair treatment, or try the products at home. Massage the shampoo into hair and scalp and rinse, followed by the conditioner and the masque, which should be left in for five to 10 minutes and used once a week on damaged hair or once every other week on healthy hair. The formula helps to detoxify strands and make them soft, shiny, stronger and more manageable. Buy: Salon service starts at $150, products on sale for $30 to $40 at shop.curlisto.com.
The problem: Uneven skin tone The solution: Hard Candy CC Creme Use: With all the flaking and drying of winter, it's common to have an uneven complexion. Just apply Hard Candy's color correcting cream evenly to your face and neck and watch it brighten instantly while evening your skin tone, moisturizing and acting as a primer for makeup. It comes in light, fair, medium and dark. Buy: $8 at walmart.com.
The problem: Cellulite, stress and bad circulation The solution: Repechage seaweed bath and sea spa massage, bath and body oil Use: Draw yourself a seaweed bath at home, or apply the sea spa body oil and let your skin soak it in before, during or after a warm shower. Seaweed's natural health benefits include firming and toning skin, improving circulation and reducing stress. When relaxing at the beach isn't an option, this could be the next best thing. Buy: $65 for a hefty 38.8 oz jug of seaweed bath, and $27 for an 8 oz bottle of body oil at repechage.com.
The problem: Dull complexion and lack of energy The solution: Jane Iredale 24 Karat Gold Dust Use: Apply directly to cheeks, eyes and lips for a subtle shine, or mix with lotion or hair gel to reflect light on even the dreariest of days. Gold is said to have uplifting and energy producing qualities. Buy: $13.50 at janeiredale.com.
The problem: Cracked hands The solution: Yon-Ka Paris NUTRI-PROTECT MAINS Use: This brand new hand treatment was made to repair dry, rough and chapped hands, and has both hydrating and anti-aging qualities. It absorbs into the skin quickly and protects against cold-weather damage. Buy: $33 at skin-one.com.
The problem: Dried out lashes The solution: Jane Iredale Purelash lash extender and conditioner Use: Apply a single coat to lashes before using mascara and dry lashes will get stronger and grow longer and thicker, enhancing the effect of the mascara. Buy: $16.50 at janeiredale.com.
The problem: Pasty skin The solution: Jane Iredale Tantasia self-tanner and bronzer Use: Apply a small amount evenly to face and/or body for a subtle instant glow, and continue to apply for three to four days to build a natural looking tan. Application is easy and doesn't streak, and the light scent evokes citrus instead of chemicals like some other self-tanners. Plus, it also works as a moisturizer. Buy: $36 at janeiredale.com.
The problem: Clogged pores and a dry face The solution: GLAMGLOW mud mask Use: Wash face and then apply a thin layer twice a week. Remove with water, rubbing in circular motions to exfoliate. Skin will be left brighter, smoother and tighter, while natural oils are removed and pores are minimized. Buy: $69 at sephora.com.
The problem: Inflammation and fine lines The solution: My Prime anti-aging formulas Use: My Prime's ant-aging line includes a skin recovery formula, mattifying moisturizer, weightless eye cream, dynamic lifting serum and transformative night cream. The products help brighten, firm, moisturize and reduce fine lines and dark circles using pili oil, a rare product that comes from an almond-like nut that grows in evergreen trees in the Philippines and contains high concentrations of omega fatty acids and Vitamins A and E. Buy: $62-92 at makemyyours.com.
The problem: A rough, dry body The solution: Gurney's Sea Water Spa Marine Botanicals body lotion and shower gel Use: From Montauk's Gurney's Inn, these new products use natural minerals that come from algae and sea fennel and antioxidants from green tea. They help to wash away oil, soften skin, increase elasticity and soothe redness and irritation. There's a shampoo and conditioner, too. Buy: $18-20 at gurneysinn.com.
The problem: Fried strands The solution: Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection Use: Without the salty air to create natural beachy waves, we turn to styling tools much more often during winter. To protect your hair, divide dry strands into small sections, and spray one pump of this new product on each piece from 8 to 10 inches away before using styling tools. It's infused with argan oil to shield hair from breakage and provide a natural, soft hold and shine while locking in moisture. Buy: $28 at moroccanoil.com.
The problem: Brittle nails The solution: CND Solar Oil Skin and Nail Conditioner Use: Apply directly to nails and cuticles and let dry before applying nail polish. Almond, Jojoba and rice bran oil work with Vitamin E to strengthen and condition nails and soften cuticles. Buy: $7.50 at ulta.com.