Winter Beauty Tips
Solutions for Your Winter Hair and Skin Moisture Problems
While we begrudgingly welcome the winter season, there are more issues to contend with aside from inclement weather getting us down. Our skin really takes a beating during the harsh winter months, resulting in uncomfortable dryness, cracking and redness. Also, it’s not only the temperatures outdoors that are wreaking havoc on our bodies, but as soon as you turn on the heat inside, your skin can also begin to dry.
In order to beat the effects of the season, it’s often recommended that we switch up our skincare routines during this time to help alleviate the problems and issues that can occur. Implement these few steps into your daily routine and you’ll find this boost in your regimen can help you brave the elements and keep your skin and hair moist and healthy during the winter months.
Tips for Dry Skin:
If you aren’t doing so already, slather lotion within three minutes of coming out of the shower. This is the most effective when trying to trap in moisture – and it works even better when the lotion is applied to damp skin.
Use thicker lotions or emollients in the winter to maximize your skin’s moisture intake.
Avoid any products that contain alcohol which can cause dryness and use milder cleansers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Redness on your face may not only be from the harsh temperatures, UVA radiation is high during the winter, so be sure to use products containing SPF all year round.
Want a DIY solution? Once a week, wash your face and body with plain Greek Yogurt – it contains lactic acid, which works as a gentle exfoliator and can help remove dead skin. Also bananas, avocado, egg yolk and milk can all be used a s gentle face treatment to help with dryness.
Worth a try: First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration. This head to toe moisturizer provides instant hydration for dry, itchy skin.
Tips for Dry Hair:
The cold weather can lead to hair breakage, split ends and dry, itchy scalp. Using a hair mask can help provide an intense, deep conditioning treatment to your hair and scalp and help restore moisture to bring your hair back to a shiny, healthy state.
After your shower, turn off the hot water tap briefly and rinse your hair with cool water. This will help lock in the moisture from your conditioner and the colder water soothes your scalp from the drying effects of hot water.
Try massaging your scalp with vitamin E, olive oil or coconut oil to get a boost of moisture.
Worth a try: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. This intensive hair treatment contains B vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, collagen and silk to leave your hair feeling smooth, hydrated and lustrous.
Lora Maghanoy is a writer from Toronto. She spends far too much time and money researching and buying beauty products. Connect with her on Twitter @loramaghanoy