How to Take Care of Your Hair and Skin in the Winter Cold

The Winter cold can do nasty things to our skin, hair, and not to mention our moods

The colder and drier the air; the less moisture our skin retains. This means our skin, scalps, and hair get consistently drier the colder the weather gets.

But there’s hope, you just have to tweak your beauty regime slightly. From choosing facial products that have sensitive ingredients, to reducing too much heat on your hair, there are many ways to combat the winter cold.

Cleanse gently

Contrary to what you’d expect, it’s not wise to over-exfoliate flaky skin during the winter months. After using a harsh exfoliant your skin may feel softer, but it won’t last for long. The flakes may be gone for a few hours, but that harsh exfoliant has just removed a lot of protective oils from your skin. And one of these protective oily substances is sebum.

Sebum is produced by the sebaceous gland, and these glands are pretty much everywhere on our body. Too much sebum leads to clogged pores and greasy scalps, but we all need a small amount of it to act as a protective waterproof layer over our skin and hair. It keeps our bodies from losing too much water and protects us from infection.

So essentially, using too harsh a cleanser will remove the shield that stops our skin becoming even drier and more damaged. And it’s the same for your hair.

Stick to shampoos that are free from sulfates and parabens. Similarly, for our skin, stick to cleansers that also skip over those nasty ingredients. Anything that specifically says it is formulated for your skin during the winter gets a thumbs up.

For the products, you choose to use, rub them in gently, don’t use harsh flannels, and stick to what’s right for your skin and hair type.

Hydration is key

That gentle cleanser must be followed up by a rich hydration product. Regardless of how gentle the cleanser you’ve used, you’ll still have lost a little hydration and sebum per wash, so be sure to put it back in.

Getting into a routine with your products is key to combating dry skin and hair. There’s no point in using fancy products if you don’t set up a daily regimen that you religiously stick to.

Particularly chapped skin needs a little extra love during the harsh winter months, and heavy creams or ointments are perfect for this.

Hydrating face and hair masks are also a great way of showing your body some love this winter. Doing regular masks can not only rehydrate your pores and follicles, but it can also prevent dryness from occurring in the first place.

Avoid overheating your skin and hair

It’s no secret that using too much heat on your hair will dry it out over time, but it’s particularly damaging during the winter months. Using flat irons, curlers, wavers, hair dryers, or any kind of heat on your hair too can strip your hair of its natural oils. These protective oils include keratin and of course sebum. These oils make sure your hair is soft and flexible, preventing breakage.

But it’s winter, you may say, it’s literally too cold not to use heat! True, but our hair and skin will thank us for putting up without it for a while.

If you don’t have time to let your hair dry naturally, there are ways to lessen the damage caused by your hairdryer. Sit in a warm room, put a sweater on, and blow dry your hair on the cool setting, stay away from the highest setting. There are many heat-free ways to style your hair that are very simple.

You may also want to engulf yourself in hot water during the colder months, but your body won’t forgive you for it. Washing our faces with hot water, sitting in blisteringly hot baths, rinsing your hair with the highest shower setting; this will only cause damage. It may feel good at the time, but the dryness that comes later won’t.

Wear chill-friendly makeup and hair products

Many primers and moisturizers are made with winter in mind, as well as pollution.

Look for a hydrating foundation. Anything that is too matte or cakey will accentuate dryness, but any foundation that includes a nourishing moisturizer will actually keep your skin from drying out throughout the day.

Even if you don’t wear makeup, applying a thin layer of clear primer before going out in the cold will give you an extra shield against the bitter temperature.

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