Winter time is synonymous with dryness, and this is due to cold air, which holds less moisture than warm air. Add to that low humidity and central heating, and now your hair and skin is even drier. As we get older, the cold air reeks havoc on our skin by stripping it of it’s natural moisture. The end result is rough and flaky skin, and dry and brittle hair with no luster or shine. These tips will not only keep your skin smooth and hair shiny, but it will also get you through the longest and coldest time of the year looking your best!
This doesn’t happen to me very often, but so many of my friends suffer from having static hair in the winter. Static hair happens because moisture conducts electricity, so when it is low humidity and cold outside, our hair is more susceptible to static cling. One DIY way to combat static hair, is to wrap your comb or brush in a dryer sheet. Rub the dryer sheet on your comb, then run your comb through your hair. You will instantly see the fly aways tame themselves. It is like magic.
Shampoo your hair less
The cold air strips our hair of the essential natural oils that we naturally produce. For those of you that wash your hair everyday, try and wash your hair every 2-3 days. You will see a difference in the quality of your hair, and you will see less split ends. Also, before you shampoo, coat your hair with conditioner or deep conditioner for up to an hour. You can do this weekly. This will trap moisture into your hair that is depleted in the cold air.
Cleansing the face with a cream cleanser
For the face, it is all about cell renewal, and in the winter months, it is best to cleanse your face with a milky, creamy cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids help with removing dead skin cells, and promote cellular turnover. The end result is flawless and even skin.
Oil-based body moisturizer
Moisturizing the body in the winter months is a no brainer, but we must remember to switch the type of moisturizer that we use in the winter months. Post-shower, pat skin almost dry and apply an oil-based cream instead of a lighter lotion to better trap and lock moisture into skin to fight cold weather dryness. Look for ingredients like shea butter, petroleum, or squaline. One thing that I Iove to do with my moisturizer, is warm it up in a sink with hot water. Nothing feels better after a shower.
Gloves and socks for moisturizing
One last tip that I swear by, is wearing my home made moisturizing gloves and socks around the house. All you have to do is dampen your hands and feet, slather on your favorite heavy-duty moisturizer, and wear cotton gloves and socks for a few hours or to bed—they’ll block evaporation and help the cream penetrate even deeper.