As many of you may know, dryness of skin and hair is a big beauty no-no. Not only does dry, flaky skin not feel so great, but cronic dryness is a huge cause of wrinkly, aging skin. In the winter it’s important to pay attention to the needs of our skin and scalp.
Here are some tips and tricks to keep you moisturized this winter-
1. Invest in a humidifier
I was unaware of this until someone actually commented that my apartment felt dry, but running your heat actually dries out the air. An easy fix is to invest in a humidifier and keep it in your bedroom- where we are sure to reap it’s benefits for at least a solid 6-8 hours a day. I warn you, research before you run out and buy the least expensive one you can find. I had to finally throw out a cheap humidifier once I realized that it was never going to stop leaving a puddle on my floor.
Want to test out the effects of humidity before you invest? Simply boil a big pot of water for an evening and feel your skin say thank you as you linger over the pot.
2. Get out of the shower!
I am so guilty of this. Blasting the hottest water you can handle and singing in the shower may feel great, but afterwards your skin may not be too happy. All that heat actually strips our skin of it’s natural oils and causes you to leave the shower with drier skin. If you must continue with hot showers, keep them short and sweet and be sure to get out and apply moisturizing lotion to key dry spots (like elbows, hands, knees and calves).
3. Check your products
Not every body soap, shampoo or lotion is equal. You may not be using the best soap for you. Some soaps can actually strip your skin of essential oils and lipids. Many Dermatologists recommend milder soaps that are specially formulated to help with dry skin. Cetaphil has a “Gentle Cleansing Bar” that is designed to moisturize and sooth, available at most drugstores.
Epitome Skincare makes it easy to find products to help you thorough the winter with a category on their website just for winter products. Epitome founder Nicole Mulder notes- “Two of the easiest products to add to your routine are Lip Treatment and Eye Créme. These products are specially formulated with peptides and natural oils to hydrate and revitalize your eyes and lips, just what we need to stay youthful during the winter months.” Starting at $15, all these products are available at Showroom.
4. Hair Masks
DIY hair masks are a highly effective and under-utilized beauty treatment. Using products that you likely already own, one can concoct an easy, customized mask to apply to your scalp and keep your hair shiny and luxurious all winter long. Combine a few of the following into a paste, apply to your scalp, and cover your head in a shower cap. Hang out around the house for at least 30 minutes and then rinse and lightly shampoo the mask away.
– Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
– or the quickest and easiest Mask is straight Mayonnaise (as it is comprised of mostly eggs and oil)
Try to include foods that are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids whenever possible, such as salmon, walnuts and spinach. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are an essential fatty acid that our bodies require to run efficiently. However, we don’t naturally produce Omega 3s and it’s necessary to receive them through our diet. So, if you know that you don’t typically eat foods containing Omega 3s, consider adding a daily supplement to help your skin combat dryness (as well as many other health benefits).
Of course, check with your doctor before making drastic changes to your diet, but if you’d like to learn more about the many benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids visit Webmd.com.
by Tessa Druley of Tessa Louise