The winter months bring more than just snowflakes. Have you begun to notice your skin has developed some flakes of its own?
Our skin goes through significant changes during the winter due to harsh conditions, but there are ways you can protect your skin.
If you want glowing skin year long, stick around and we’ll share with you how to make it possible.
You’re only moments away from knowing nine essential tips for skin and hair care in the winter.
- Moisturize Frequently
This might sound like a no-brainer, but some people might forget the importance of moisturizing. While some might get away with moisturizing every so often in the summer months, they might not be able to continue with those patterns in the winter.
Make sure you pay attention to your skin in the winter as it’s at its most vulnerable.
Switch to a thicker cream instead of a light moisturizer. You should apply it regularly and consistently so the moisture can stay trapped and act as a shield against harsh winter conditions.
- Take Extra Care of Your Hair
Most of us know that harsh shampoos and chemicals strip our hair of moisture. Well, in the winter months, our hair is at it’s most vulnerable.
In fact, you might have noticed your hair has been falling off more than usual. That is completely normal for the time of year. You can learn more about fall shedding.
To give your hair some added protection in the winter months, consider letting a few more days between shampoos go by. If it’s possible, consider washing your hair two to three times a week.
Also, use a shampoo that doesn’t contain sulfates, for these harsh chemicals are quite harsh on your hair.
- Avoid Hot Showers
When the temperature is frigid outside, we might like to soak in the tub or take a hot shower before we face the cold.
Unfortunately for our skin, showering or bathing with really hot water is terrible for your skin. It might feel great at first, but hot water strips your hair and skin of all its moisture.
You don’t have to shower with ice cold water but avoid going to the extreme. Take showers with lukewarm water instead. And before you get out of the shower, it helps to get a water a bit cooler to seal in your pores.
If you do take hot baths, make sure you take a few extra precautions such as adding oatmeal, dry milk, and honey to the bath water. It will help moisturize your skin.
- Moisturize From the Inside Out
Since the winter is a tough time for your hair and skin, consider giving them a little extra help and moisturize from the inside.
Eat plenty of omega-3 fatty acids to help give your skin a boost. Taking omega-3 regularly can help boost your body’s natural hydration, it prevents acne, and can slow down wrinkles.
You can get your fill of omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseeds, fish, and walnuts.
Also, make sure you don’t forget to hydrate. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin from excessively drying out.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil will become your best friend during the winter months. You can use coconut oil both on your hair and skin to give it a little extra moisture.
Not to mention there are several ways you can use it. You can use coconut oil before bed to replace your moisturizer. Apply it on your skin and wait for it to be fully absorbed before putting clothes on.
In the morning, you will wake up with softer skin.
For your hair, you can apply it in many different ways. You can apply it as a mask by applying it all over your head and massaging your scalp. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse it off.
After you get out of the shower, take a dime-size of coconut oil and apply it to the ends of your hair. This will protect the brittle ends.
- Chapped Lips
You might moisturize your skin and hair, but a lot of people forget about their lips.
How many people do you see with lips so chapped and cracked they bleed? If you want to protect your lips from cracking in the winter, you need to take care of them.
Your lips don’t need a lot of work, so a little goes a long way. Start by exfoliating your lips to get rid of the dead and flaky skin.
Exfoliate gently using a clean toothbrush or a little bit of sugar. Moisturize your lips with a bees-wax based lip balm or a medicated one. If it has SPF the better.
- Take Some Time to Exfoliate
Our skin is constantly producing new healthy skin, so naturally, the old skin dies and flakes away. In order to help our bodies shed the dead skin, we can exfoliate to get rid of the flaky skin.
Since your skin is a lot more sensitive in the winter, make sure you use a gentle exfoliant to help in the process. After you exfoliate, you will discover healthier looking skin.
Make sure you don’t over exfoliate or you could be damaging your new healthy skin. Do it once or twice a week.
- Give Your Scalp a Little TLC
Your scalp needs a little TLC not just your hair. Since your scalp can get very dry in the cold months, you might notice flaky skin, especially when wearing a black shirt.
You might have also noticed your scalp is itchier than ever, which can drive anyone crazy. If this is happening to you, try using an anti-dandruff massage a few times a week. It will help get rid of any fungal bacteria in your scalp.
Give yourself a moisturizing scalp massage to stimulate the blood cells. Try using vitamin E oil of Coconut oil.
Get Skin and Hair Care This Winter
This winter, make sure you take your skin and hair care seriously. Start by moisturizing from the inside, protect your hair, give yourself a scalp massage, and protect those lips.