Winter Skin & Hair Tips to Help Keep that Radiant Glow!
Cold weather can be detrimental to your skin and hair. The dry, wet and bitter weather we experience here in Cincinnati can easily replace that beautiful summer glow you once had with not-so-desirable dry, itchy and chapped skin accompanied by dry static-filled hair.
With that said, here are a few tips to keep your skin and hair both in tip-top shape during these cold winter months:
Don’t forget the sunscreen.
Even on the coldest and cloudiest days, the sun can still be damaging to your skin because the UVA rays can actually radiate through those thick ominous clouds. And, UVA rays are known to be one of the most damaging things in the environment for your skin. However, applying a little sunscreen can aid in protecting that beautiful face of yours!So despite the cold weather, continue to use a light moisturizer that contains an SPF.
Wash your face!
We have all had those days where you don’t wear any makeup, thinking you probably can skip washing your face that day. But oil and dirt will still be there, which can cause you to break out. Just make sure after you wash you face, you again, use a moisturizer than contains some sort of SPF.
Use Skin Care Products.
They don’t have to be expensive, because after all, you’ve probably spent your limit on holiday gifts and everything else that goes along with the season. Look for active ingredients such as collagen to firm and oil and Vitamin C to refresh.
Avoid Tanning Beds.
If you are looking to add a little color to your skin, consider using a spray tan or a bronzing lotion. They have really advanced over the years, allowing you to get more of a sun kissed look instead of an orange glow. While tanning beds will definitely do the trick, they are not the best option for skin that is already dry.
Change up your Moisturizer.
I know, I keep mentioning moisturizers! But while a certain moisturizer may work perfectly for you in the spring and summer months, it may not be as effective in the winter. As weather conditions change, so should your moisturizer. Using an oil based moisturizer over a water based one works better in winter because the oil creates a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are often oil based.
As for your hair, well I don’t know about you, but mine seems to be a lot dryer in the winter, which can be expected. But going to the salon every week to get deep conditioning treatments can become both time consuming and costly.
Here are three recipes for creating your own hair treatments at home with very minimal ingredients that can help add moisture and shine to even the most static and distressed locks:
Mayonnaise Wrap Hair Mask Recipe
Apply 1/2 cup of mayo to your dry hair. Work into your hair really well either massaging it in with your fingers or using a large-tooth comb. Cover your head with a plastic grocery bag and let it set for about 15 minutes. Shampoo afterwards.
Avocado Mix Hair Mask Recipe
Mix together one small jar of mayonnaise and a half of an avocado. Smooth onto hair making sure to pay special attention to the ends. Again use a plastic grocery bag or shower cap and allow the mix to set for about 15 minutes. Shampoo afterwards.
Olive Oil Hair Treatment
Now this one I’ve tried and have used it more than once. There were multiple recipes I’ve found but I opted to go with the easiest. I warmed 1/2 cup of olive oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. After running warm water through my hair, I then applied the olive oil, then a plastic grocery bag and let it set for about 15 minutes before shampooing. My hair felt awesome after this treatment and still did a week later.
These are just a few things you can do to help take care of your skin and hair during the winter months. Also doing things such as wearing gloves and avoiding wet skin in the cold can really make a huge difference and keep you looking beautiful despite the not so beautiful weather.
Also, if you tuned into “One Chic Mother to Another”, here are the websites Holly and I discussed where you can sign up to receive boxes of skin care samples and beauty products. Subscriptions run from $10 to $21.