The holiday season is often filled with many festivities and celebrations. Unfortunately, these chilly winter temperatures can wreak havoc on soft skin and hair. During the winter, the skin makes less oils and does not work as well as a skin barrier. With the lack of moisture in the air and the drying effects from heaters, your pores and strands of hair can be stripped of their moisture. Luckily, there are ways to combat these harsh winter conditions.
Hydrate Your Dry Skin
To cure dry skin, try using a moisturizing cream regularly. Daily application of a moisturizing cream can help reduce the harshness of the winter conditions. Look for a thicker cream rather than a thin cream to apply regularly to your skin and trap the existing moisture in your skin and protect against the harsh winter environment. Avoid any products that contain drying ingredients, such as acetone or alcohols, which can aggravate skin dryness in cold weather and low humidly.
Moisturize from the Inside Out
Omega 3 unsaturated fatty acids have been found to play a role in restoring skin barrier function and increasing skin hydration. Try eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, such as flaxseeds, walnuts, and fish, during the winter months.
Keep Moisture in Your Hair
Shampooing strips your hair of moisture and natural hair oils, so try to wash every other day rather than every day, or add extra time between shampoos. Also, instead of washing with hot water, use lukewarm water to allow the conditioner to absorb into strands. The cooler water helps keep the moisture in to leave your locks looking shiny.
Fight the Flakes on Your Scalp
Without sufficient moisture in the air, you may build up dead skin cells, causing a dry, itchy scalp. Instead of scratching off the flakes, try massaging coconut oil into your scalp with lemon juice. Leave the oil on for 20-30 minutes and then follow up with shampoo and conditioner. Even massaging the scalp can increase hair thickness by improving g the blood flow to the area.
Use Coconut Oil
One study examined the properties of certain oils on hair and found that compared to sunflower oil and mineral oil, coconut oil was the only one to reduce protein loss in hair. Applying oil on a regular basis before and after washing can help prevent hair damage. Coconut oil can lubricate the hair shaft and keep hair moisturized and protected to withstand the harsh winter elements. Apply a small amount of oil to wet hair, paying special attention to the ends of strands.
Just because it is winter, does not mean your skin and hair have to suffer. To maintain healthy hair, take time in your routine to moisturize and use these skin care and hair tips to protect yourself from the unnecessary damage the winter conditions can cause.