Skin and Hair Care in Winter
As the cool, crisp weather slowly gives way to the icy days of winter, we’re reminded why so many of us love this blustery season. Romantic types fantasize about curling up in front of the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate.
Fashion lovers jump at the chance to wear the newest boots, jeans, and sweaters. And virtually everyone, no matter how old or young, looks forward to the food and festivities the winter season brings.
But there is something that nobody likes about winter: the havoc it wreaks on your skin and hair. Dry, flaky skin and frizzy, rebellious hair are common during the cold months, but these are problems that can be prevented and repaired. Winterizing your normal beauty regimen is easy!
A winter face care routine helps prevent lines and wrinkles as you age and works for both men and women. Winter weather often brings dry winter skin. The combination of dry, cold outdoor air and dry, hot indoor air saps moisture from the skin, leading to itching and irritation. On the face it leads to chapped, cracked lips and dry, flaky patches. Dry facial skin also exaggerates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You canʼt always control the temperature or humidity outside, but you can protect your face from the ravages of winter.
Hydrate the inside of your body. Summer is not the only time your body needs water, indoor heat and the cold outside sap moisture from your body. Drink plenty of water and limit liquids such as caffeine and alcohol that dehydrate.
Start in the bath: One of the first steps in any skin care or hair care regimen is cleansing. Now, showering in the winter isn’t any more complicated than showering during any other time of the year, but there is a direct relationship between showering and dry skin. First, turn the water temperature down. A long, hot shower sounds tempting after a long winter day, but water that is too hot dries out your skin and damages your hair. Combine that with the harsh, dry weather of winter, and you’ve got yourself a disastrous combination.
Use bath time as your first line of defense: turn down the hot water, shorten your showers, and use moisturizing products. Try using a shower gel infused with body oil instead of soap, and replace your rinse-out hair conditioner with a leave-in product. The oil in the shower gel will replace the oil that water strips from your skin, and leave-in conditioner will moisturize and protect your hair all day. For your facial skin care, switch to a cream cleanser. “These cleansers are gentler and won’t dry out your skin’s natural oils.
Remove all make-up and wash and moisturize your skin before going to bed every night. The cleanser or soap for winter skin care should be oil-based or as gentle as possible, so it works with your moisturizer.
Keep on moisturizing: Once you’re out of the shower, you have to continue what you started. Blot your skin dry and then immediately apply a moisturizing lotion. The best lotions and best face creams for dry skin contain SPF. The sun may not feel as strong in winter, but its UV rays are still powerful and can damage unprotected skin. Certain areas of your skin are more susceptible to weather damage, especially the area under your eyes.
Be sure to apply an eye cream to this delicate skin, both day and night. Choose a body lotion that’s designed to be long-lasting. Some areas, like your hands, elbows, knees, and feet, might require a heavier cream to do the trick. Don’t be afraid to try out stronger methods of moisturizing, such as baby oil and body butter – winter weather is harsh, so you’ll need something strong to keep your skin looking radiant!
Switch your moisturizer if you currently use a water-based one. Winter is the time for an oil-based moisturizer; use it at least twice a day if you are outside. As the skin on the face dries, which happens more in winter, the dead skin cells multiply on the surface. People with oily or combination skin should use a moisturizer with humectants such as glycerin. Glycerin pulls moisture from the air without adding extra oil to the face. People with dry skin should try moisturizers with emollients such as lanolin, which add oil to the skin.
Some moisturizers may combine both humectants and emollients. There are a number of products that exfoliate, or you can make your own with simple products such as oatmeal found in the kitchen.
Remember sunscreen, even in winter and especially for outdoor winter sports. The glare of the sun off snow can affect your skin nearly as much as summer sun. Clean your skin thoroughly. Use an SPF 45 or better sunscreen. Ultraviolet light can dry your skin further. Use a make-up with sunscreen or a tinted lotion to add colour while protecting your face.
Keep your guard up: Now that you’re ready to step outside the house, choose your winter apparel wisely. Big sunglasses are a stylish way to protect your eye area from harsh winds, and scarves are great for keeping your neck, chin and nose covered. Keep your hair under control by wrapping it in a scarf, tying it in a loose ponytail, or by wearing a loose-fitting hat. Many hair salons carry lotions and serums that can be reapplied to your hair throughout the day, helping it stay shiny, frizz-free, and under control. Lip balm is a must during the cold winter months, and with so many flavours and varieties, it’s easy to stock up and keep some on hand at all times. But the cheapest, simplest and most natural way to keep your hair and skin’s moisture content high is to drink plenty of water. Even hot drinks, like green tea, give much-needed moisture back to your system – drink up!
Occasional upkeep: The most thorough beauty regimen follower will still experience an occasional relapse, especially if the weather is extremely harsh. That’s why it’s a good idea to perform some occasional “upkeep”. About two or three times a week, exfoliate your face and body with a gentle scrub to remove the dead skin cells that can give your skin an ashy appearance. With so many products in the market, you’ll be able to find the best dry skin exfoliator for yourself. Applying a moisturizing lotion to your face once or twice a week has the same effect on your skin that a deep conditioner does on your hair. If your feet or hands get especially dry, slather them in a thick cream and then sleep in cotton gloves or socks to repair dry skin and lock the moisture in. “One cure for dry, scaly skin on your nose or anywhere else is to use a first-aid ointment to heal those pesky patches.”
Avoid the lacklustre look of hair: Winter weather is rough on hair. Cold temperatures and harsh winds can dry it out, causing breakage and limp strands. Want to escape that lacklustre look and maintain healthy, shiny hair during winter months? All you need to do is give your hair a little extra care and treat. Keep your hair moisturized to protect it from dry air and cold temperatures. Use a shampoo or conditioner containing coconut that’s a great moisturizing ingredient. Lock in the moisture from your shampoo and conditioner by rinsing your hair in cool water instead of hot. Use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair daily. Not only will it keep your hair from drying out during the course of the day, it will also help you prevent it being static. About once a week, use a deep conditioning treatment on your hair. This powerful dose of nutrients and moisturizers will replenish any moisture that your hair lost during the week. Cut back on your use of blow dryers, flat irons and other heated products during colder months. If blow-drying is a must, set aside some extra time and use a cooler setting. The high temperatures dry out your hair, making it more susceptible to damage from the cold and wind. Make sure your hair is totally dry before you go outside. Cold temperatures can freeze even slightly damp hair, causing breakage and split ends.
Dry skin and flyaway hair should not spoil your winter enjoyment, so take charge and winterize your beauty regimen! With thousands of hair-care products and skin-care products out in the market, you will be sure to find the perfect line-up to fulfill your personal needs.