Winter time is upon us and this cold weather can really play havoc with our skin and hair. Here are some of our tips for taking care of yourself during the coldest season of the year.
Having a hot shower or bath may be just want you want after a long cold day but this can cause skin irritation if the weather is cold. Long exposure to hot water can strip moisture from hair and skin, try having the water luke warm and only stay in it for 5 minutes or less.
We often forget to help our skin get rid of dead cells in the winter but moisture can’t get in if there are too many of them! Find a gentle exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands. Your body can take a stronger exfoliator, this can also be used on your lips if they are really dry. Follow immediately with moisturiser to really see and feel a smoother difference.
You may have found a moisturiser that you love that works really well in the summer and spring months but as weather conditions change so should your skin care routine. We would suggest trying an ointment moisturiser that’s oil based rather than water based. The oil will help to create a protective layer on the skin that holds moisture than a cream or lotion would. Many night creams are oil based so replacing your nigh cream for your day cream could work too.
Keeping your skin hydrated in winter isn’t just about what you put on the outside but what goes inside is even more important. It’s been proven that drinking up to 2-3 litres of water a day can visibly improve fine lines and wrinkles. Although you may have to make a conscious effort to do this and trips to the toilet will become more frequent the results really are worth it.
Wash your hair as less often as possible. Try and cut your hair washing down by 2 shampoos a week, this will leave your hair’s natural oils intact! You only actually need to use a 50p piece amount of shampoo not a whole hand full. If your scalp tends to be very oily and needs more frequent washes, focus just on your scalp and roots and leave the rest alone. You can always just rinse and condition if you feel your hair isn’t dirty, there is no need to shampoo every time you wash unless you really feel like you need to.
During the winter months it’s a great idea to treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning treatment. This will help to replenish the moisture which tends to get depleted from things such as having the heating on at home and heat damage from styling. We would recommend using Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine for a cheaper option or Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense Cheveux Fins for a slightly higher end option.
Have your hair trimmed regularly and prevent dry ends from traveling upward by removing them on a monthly basis. Remove roughly half an inch each month to maintain your current hair length and if you are trying to grow your hair do this every 2 months.
If you have any other questions about skin and hair care please do not hesitate to contact us.