Winterproof Your Skin and Hair
by Lucia Rossi
The dry cold winter air can cause dry flaky skin and hair which can lead to sensitivity, redness, dandruff, and eczema. There are many things you can do to prevent and treat these things though. So, here it goes in no particular order.
Ladies, wearing heavier makeup in the winter can clog pores and cause breakouts. Be sure to remove all your makeup before bed and if you can, use oil based remover or cleanser so you can retain some moisture.
Chill on the tanner and bronzer. Aim to enhance your natural skin tone. Why be super tan when it is not the season for it? Try to keep things natural, color correcting is understandable. Stick to light self tanner crèmes and lotions.
If your skin is flaky and dry, skip the matte foundation. it will only highlight the affected areas. Choose a moisturizing foundation, preferably with SPF and avoid anything powdery.
Drink lots of water. This goes for every day health as well as beauty care. It adds hydration to the lower layers of your skin while moisturizing products hydrate the upper layers.
Time to get handsy. You don’t want cracked fingertips or peeling nails. Antibacterial hand soaps can be over drying so go for the creamy formulas and try to use cuticle oil once in a while to stay hydrated.
Don’t skip on SPF just because the sun isn’t shining. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean your skin isn’t getting UV rays from the sun. Choose a moisturizer that already has SPF in it to make it easier.
Which brings me to next point, use night cream. What easier way to take care of your skin then letting it take care of itself while you sleep? That will help keep in moisture and when you wake up don’t use alcohol products it will strip your skin.
Watch out when using cleansers because soap lather can be drying. Even if you have oily skin, keep a non foaming cleanser on hand for winter.
Keep your lips moistened before they are chapped. Use a strong lip balm with a wax formula to provide wind protection. Avoid products with lanolin since fragrances can irritate sensitive skin.
Use a thicker body moisturizer than you normally would, especially for your legs. Get an oil based crème than a lotion so it absorbs into your skin better.
Don’t neglect your feet. Winter weather can make your feet feel like sandpaper. Once a week, try soaking them in soapy water for 15 minutes, then buff them with a foot file or callus stone. Then slather on some ointment and your cotton socks before bed. If this is too much for you, try getting a pedicure done every few weeks.
Coconut oil is a great and cheap moisturizer for your hair and skin. It is great for deep conditioning and treating problem areas. Try doing a hair mask with the oil once a week to keep shine. Aloe is great for soothing problem areas as well, it can soothe chapped skin and redness. Products that contain petrolatum, glycerin, Shea butter, and oatmeal help to prevent water loss.
Although it may be tough, avoid the hot showers. After 15 minutes, a hot shower can start to compromise your skin’s lipid layer. The lipid layer holds fatty acids that contain moisture. So your skin’s moisture levels are controlled by lipids. It’s the oily substance produced by the outer layer of skin, the epidermis. If the epidermis is deficient in lipids then water escapes and evaporates and BAM, you have dry skin.
Getting laser hair removal is best during the winter if that’s what you want to do. Your skin won’t be exposed to the sun while you do treatments and you will be hair free by the summer.
People have some common misconceptions about winter makeup as well. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t use waterproof makeup. Remember cold windy weather can make your eyes tear up and make your makeup run.
It doesn’t mean you are limited to only wearing dark lipstick. Spring colored lipsticks are awesome and you should wear them whenever you feel like it. Don’t let the season tell you what you should wear, unless it’s warm clothes in which case you should probably listen.
Lastly, consider investing in a humidifier. The air in your home during the winter can be dry too and give you dry skin and dull hair. To keep the humidifier clean from mold change the water daily and clean it every three days. This will help add moisture to your skin and hair. Having house plants can help do this as well.
Stay warm and moist everyone!