Are you, your skin, AND your hair flipping out because of the unpredictable and inconsistent climate of Chapel Hill lately? You’re not the only one. I’ve gone from having a humidity-induced frizz ball of hair, to painfully chapped and cracked lips, to dull and dry skin, to a blindingly shiny and oily face in the past week. The array of looks I’ve sported this week has been endless – but certainly not by choice! I’d rather not worry every day about how my appearance has altered from what I intended when I left for campus in the morning! Luckily, there are products that are easily and inexpensively available to help relieve the worry and in extreme cases, pain! Here are some products to look for to survive this weekly whacky weather we’re having:
Petroleum and beeswax have been pinpointed as the two most important ingredients to have in a lip balm to best battle chapped lips. Burt’s Bees contains both petroleum and beeswax and can cure any case of chapped lips at hardly any cost at all (Under $4 at drugstores and the Student Store).
Besides chapped lips, a dry face usually accompanies cold weather as well. Treatment is easy enough with the right moisturizer. There are many moisturizers available but it’s imperative to make sure your moisturizer includes the ingredient hyaluronic acid. If you don’t have moisturizer right now but are realizing you urgently need to get some, run to Walgreens and try Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion SPF 30 (Under $10 at drugstores).
For the warmer days we’ve been having, you’re probably experiencing the opposite of dryness! You might wearing a shiny or even oily face, especially on those warmer days when you have a million things to do and are a girl on the go all over campus! Oil-free face-wash and moisturizer and foundation powder with SPF are good steps to take to start off the day, but on long days you can reduce shine later with blotting papers! There are many brands of blotting sheets, but try Boots Expert Shine Control Papers for less than $5 at drugstores.
Nothing is worse than spending precious time styling your hair just to step out and have it either flatten or frizz because of humidity. To harness the untamed hair that happens because of humidity, the best inexpensive products to use are from the Garnier Sleek and Shine line, such as the Anti-Humidity Hairspray Ultra Strong and Anti-Humidity Styling Cream (under $5 at drugstores).
With the warmer temperatures, we’re eager to put on sundresses, shorts, tanks, and sandals. With this shedding of layers comes more skin exposure and the responsibility of getting back into a regular shaving routine. Unfortunately, oh-so-unpleasant razor burn can come along with smooth and hairless legs. For treatment of razor burn, dermatologists recommend applying topical lotions that contain hydrocortisone, such as Aveeno Maximum Strength 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream (under $8 at drugstores).
Keep all of these products in mind when getting ready every day and you should be ready to cope with the crazy Chapel Hill weather!