I don’t know about you, but I’m finding my skin and hair dry as a desert this time of year. The abrupt changes in weather and indoor living can wreak havoc on moisture levels, and it shows. I’ve been focusing on tips for self-care this month on the blog, and reached out to some professionals for advice on keeping hair & skin moisturized in winter.
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Thank you to my friend, Duane, and the professionals at Cameo College for sharing their expertise with us today.
7 Ways to Keep Hair and Skin Moisturized in Winter
Winter has arrived and our skin and hair are paying the price. The dry air, freezing temperatures and nasty winds are brutalizing our sensitive exteriors. Even when we head indoors, we are subjected to artificial heat sources that pull moisture from our skin. It all adds up to dry and itchy skin as well as brittle hair. Below, we offer some advice to keep your skin and hair moist during these cold winter months.
It is important to take care of your skin for more than just comfort. Moist skin certainly feels good but it will also help your body function as designed. Your skin is your body’s largest living organ and it must be properly maintained so that it can do its job. It regulates the body temperature, fights germs and serves a variety of other metabolic purposes. If you leave your skin dry, cracked and inflamed, it won’t be able to do its job very well.
Short And Warm Showers
Although it is tempting to hop into a blazing hot shower for 20 minutes on a freezing cold day, it isn’t worth it. The temporary relief of the hot water will pull the moisture right out of your skin and hair. In order to keep your skin moist and healthy during the winter you should use warm water for 5 to 10 minutes at the most.
Moisturizer Is Important
A high quality, water-based moisturizer can do wonders. Its main job is to hydrate and nourish follicles, thus fighting off the dry winter air. Since moisturizer dives deeply into hair shafts, it’s a great ally in the battle against winter.
By the way, you always want to make sure that your moisturizer is water-based, oil-based ones will only act as sealants. Oil doesn’t moisturize hair, it merely attempts to seal moisture within the follicles themselves. Ideally, your moisturizer of choice should also contain humectants, emollients, and occlusive components. Some moisturizers can be heavy on the oils, but the one you should go with really depends on your hair type. If you want to learn more about the characteristics of hair, a cosmetology school could be what you’re looking for.
Cover Exposed Skin
One of the best ways to protect your skin during the winter is to cover it up when you head outside into the elements. Dress for the worst conditions and hope for the best. Even if you don’t think that you’ll need a bunch of winter gear to stay warm and moist, you should pack it in your backpack, purse or vehicle just in case. Put on a thick winter coat and cover your areas of exposed skin as best as you can. That means wearing gloves, a hat, a scarf and possibly even a ski mask. Ideally, only your eyes will be exposed to the winter air on the coldest of days.
While it might be a surprise to some, the foods that you eat can make an impact on your skin. This is especially true in the winter months when the skin needs all the help that it can get. There really are distinct foods that boost skin health. Pick out foods that are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and healthy monounsaturated fats like nuts, avocados, fish and olive oil. You should also go out of your way to eat foods that are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen, a protein that nourishes the skin and other body tissues. Pick out citrus fruits like tangerines, oranges and grapefruits as well as dark leafy greens. Don’t forget to drink water. It will add much needed moisture while beverages with alcohol and caffeine only serve to dehydrate your skin.
Take A Special Bath
Instead of soaking in a traditional bath for an hour and zapping your skin of its moisture, take a specialized bath. You can moisturize your skin by adding a couple cups of whole milk to your bath or some drops of grape seed/olive oil. The fats, proteins and vitamins of milk can work wonders on rough skin. You can even enjoy an oatmeal bath to soothe your dry and irritated skin. Once you emerge from your bath, put some oil or cream onto your body right away. The sooner the better. Then slip into those old pajamas so that you don’t get oil onto your expensive sleepwear. Your skin will absorb the moisture during the night.
If your nose has turned bright red during the winter, you aren’t alone. The cold air causes the blood vessels to reduce circulation to the nose. Once you walk inside, these blood vessels dilate quickly and blood zooms back to the nose. This is partially responsible for the red hue. Don’t walk around like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. Take a warm (not hot) compress and press it to your skin for a few minutes after you’ve come in from the cold. This will prevent redness and aid a chapped and raw nose that has been exposed to too many tissues and cold air. Remember to always use the softest tissues that you can find when treating your nose.
Wintertime Foot Care
Most people experience problems with their feet when the cold temperatures hit. Don’t let the skin on your feet become cracked and callused without doing anything about it. You don’t need to pay for an expensive pedicure to find relief. You can moisturize at home by applying a pumice stone to those rough calluses as you shower. Perform this ritual once per week during the winter to remove the tough dead skin from your feet.
Always apply a cream to your feet each day. Don’t neglect the heels as they are one of the worst problem areas during the winter months. Look for the thickest cream around to treat these areas. If you shower before bed, don’t apply the cream to your feet and hit the hay. Wear cotton socks when you sleep so that your skin can absorb the cream’s moisture. If you wear heavy wool socks to bed, your feet will sweat and they won’t be able to absorb enough moisture from your lotion.
I like the idea of a ‘specialized’ milk bath for winter. Since I have all ingredients in the refrigerator, I’ll be trying that one this weekend. The tip of wearing cotton socks to bed, after richly moisturizing your feet, is one of the most helpful tips. I just need to remember to do it regularly.
How about you, do you have any tips for keeping hair & skin moisturized in winter?
***This article was submitted on behalf of Cameo College. Located in the Greater Salt Lake City Area, Cameo College is a beauty school that provides training in all areas including Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry.***
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