Winter is knocking at our door, and we know what that means? If you wanted to say fairy tale, snowflakes, family holidays, hot cacao, and other enthusiastic winter features, we are not on the same page.
Though it truly is a season of joy and giving, winter is everything but kind to our skin and hair.
The cold weather outside contrasts the warmth inside the house, so often we can expect increased sensitivity. That means seasonal skin and hair care shift.
Do not worry, with only a few simple changes in your routine, you will make it through the season with no problems.
Boost up Your Moisturizing
Regardless of how efficient is the moisturizer you use during the spring and summer, it may not prove as worthy during the winter months. An oil based product would work better. The oil is in charge to create a protective layer that will retain more moisture than a lotion or a cream. Be careful, though, not all kinds of oil are appropriate for your face (shea oil is a bad idea). Opt for mineral oil, avocado oil, almond oil or primrose oil.
Treat the Skin and Hair
Frizz, dryness and breakage of the hair and dryness and dullness of the skin are common during the winter and that implies that you are lacking antioxidants in your organism. You can apply them from the inside, by eating food rich with antioxidants, such as pumpkins, papayas, peppers, walnuts, carrots, sunflower seeds, oats, etc. Or, you can use products based on them. For instance, olive leaf extract is a source of potent antioxidants. It can contribute to a healthy hair growth and reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Superhot is not Super
Though with the chilliness outside, we are often tempted to jump in a hot bath or to wash our hair with extremely warm water, the wiser choice would be not doing it. The intense heat of hot bath or a shower can break down the lipid barriers in the skin and lead to loss of moisture. Also, hot water can disrupt the hair surface, increase the porosity of your hair and give it a dull appearance. Another side-effect is striping your hair of its natural oils. On the other side, a lukewarm bath with baking soda or oath meal can relieve dry skin.
Be Kind to Your Skin
Remember that rule of exfoliation once in two weeks? Well, this is the season to forget about it. If you are exfoliating, do that with natural DIY peels.
Avoid using harsh peels and alcohol based products which can strip your skin from its vital oil. Instead, you can use mild foaming cleanser, a toner without alcohol, cleansing milk and deeply hydrating masks.
Steer away from clay-based masks. They tend to dry out the skin. Some of the ingredients to look for are collagen, jojoba and olive oil, red algae, hyaluronic acid, etc.
Actions that Make a Huge Difference
There are always some small tricks we turn to when it comes to protecting the skin and hair. Treating your hair once a week with deep conditioning, is one of them. Also, because winter is the season of wool, which is good for our skin and bad for our hair, you can avoid the frizzy effect by wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before putting on a wool beanie or a sweater. Regular trims, every 6 to 8 weeks are recommended. As for the skin, drinking a lot of water to be hydrated from the inside, adding milk to your baths, applying moisturizer on your hands and using lip balm should do the trick.
Winter is coming, but if you “winterize” your skin and hair care, you have nothing to worry about.
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