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Is Winter Aging You? Tips to Reverse the Cold Weather Beauty Blahs

 Cindy Pearlman - style life goes strong

It’s that time of the year.

The weather outside is still frightful and spring is still in the distant future. It’s time to ask if winter is aging you – rapidly.

How do you know if you have a case of the winter beauty blahs?

You’re a blah baby if you look in the mirror and see a face that’s a bit grayish pale and your skin feels as dry as leftover French bread. Your hair is like that straw hat you wear for gardening and your cuticles are raw.

You can go from blah to beautiful in a few easy steps.

I asked the beauty experts for a few pick me ups that will take you straight into spring:

Get Rid of Winter Dark Circles and Bags. It’s not your fault that the winter season seems to come with more dark circles under your eyes and bags. A new study tells us that the dark circles and water retention under your eyes is 44 percent more common during the winter. Why? You’re not getting enough Vitamin D because you’re in the sunlight less – if at all. You’re also experiencing Vitamin K shortages during the winter and this vitamin helps to halt the under eye bags because it prevents your capillaries from leaking into that skin pocket. The cure? For Vitamin D, you need to get out in any kind of sun for 15 to 20 minutes a day or talk to your doc about a supplement. You can up your Vitamin K by adding dark, green, leafy veggies to your meals and salads.

Start Your Diet On a Sunday. Nothing is better pick me up than shedding some excess winter weight. Research just floated in that states that 88 percent of women who kept their lost weight off started their diet on a Sunday. Food for thought!

Get Rid of Winter Hair Flakes. It’s not dandruff, but your scalp is definitely dry from too much hat wearing and overheated rooms. You don’t need to spend big bucks on conditioner, but can try a natural remedy that top stylists recommend. Just take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and mix with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Gently massage your scalp with this mixture and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo. The vinegar contains a natural acid that will get rid of the flakes while the oil is moisturizing.

Try Black Cherry Nails. Forget about the black nail polish of the past. Red is glamorous and will give you instant pick me up. You don’t have to go cherry red, but instead opt for a black cherry color like Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Bordeux Lust for $30. 

Be a Blushing Beauty. Try what Angelina Jolie does in the cold weather months and give your cheeks a rosy glow. Beauty experts say to put on various shades – and more than one – of rosy blush to combat dull winter skin. Chanel has a lovely spring rosy glow called Blush Horizon De Chanel.

Lighten Up Your Locks. There’s nothing like a hair color change for a great pick-me-up. No one knows this better than Adele who not only won six Grammys this month, but also wowed everyone with her lighter blonde locks. Colorist Lucy Holbrook at the Daniel Galvin salon in London didn’t go too light, but instead dyed her hair a honey-colored blonde. It’s a great color for midlifers who want to transition from the darker winter hair color months straight into the lighter feeling of spring.

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