Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Photo courtesy of DC Beauty
Photo courtesy of DC Beauty

Keep skin, hair and nails soft and smooth this winter with these tips

When temps drop in the winter, so does the amount of humidity in the air. Less moisture can leave you feeling dried out from head to toe. We asked local beauty experts for tips on how to keep skin, hair and nails looking alive—even if the polar vortex comes our way again.


Sleep with a humidifier running in your bedroom. It’s one of the best ways to avoid dry, flaky skin, says Nancy White, an esthetician at Bijin Salon and Spa in Prairie Village. Keep it within three to four feet of your bed and your skin, hair and nails will all benefit.

Exfoliate every other day to remove dead skin cells and soften your complexion. Freshly exfoliated skin also “allows serums and moisturizers to penetrate more deeply,” says White.

Hydrate. Apply a hydrating serum after washing your face and top it with a nourishing night cream before bed. Sleeping with a hydrating mask once or twice a week can also help dodge dry, red skin, says White. She likes the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel serum, SkinCeuticals Emollience moisturizer and SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque.


Add Moisture. It may sound obvious, but using a shampoo and conditioner that hydrates hair every day is a great way to avoid dry strands, says Dalton Morris, senior stylist at Skyline Downtown Salon. He likes Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Moisture & Control.

Extinguish Static Cling by spritzing your comb or brush with an anti-static spray before running it through your hair. Morris is a fan of the R+Co Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray.

Skip Hat Head by keeping a travel-sized brush and texturizing spray in your purse. First, tame any unruly stands with the brush, then spritz roots around the crown with the texturizer and tousle with your fingers to replenish any volume crushed by your hat.


Coat nails with oil at least once a day (preferably twice—morning and night) to keep them from becoming dry and cracked. Rub it into cuticles and over the skin surrounding your nails, say Megan Thornberry and Molly Maxwell, co-founders of Hoopla Salons in Fairway and Leawood. They like CND Solar Oil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner.

Keep your appointments. Regular manicures and pedicures put moisture back into skin and routinely trim nails, both of which help hands, feet, and nails ditch cracking and peeling, says Thornberry.

Add a scrub or mask to your pedicure to remove dead skin and douse feet and legs with moisture.