Winter Brings Dry Skin & Hair

Dry skin & dry hair are inevitable during the winter months…

… Due to the extreme temperature change & the low humidity (moisture in the air) resulting from the cold season.

It’s important to keep your skin extra moisturized during the winter time in order to maintain its elasticity. Along with the dry air, I frequently wash my hands & this leads to dry, flakey skin.
A good hand cream is a must for me!

I recommend: Proclaim Cocoa & Shea Butter Hand & Body Lotion: Leaves my hands soft during the day. Also keeps your hands smelling like chocolate. Mmm chocolate.
Price: $8 for 32oz  (Not sure where you can purchase this locally, but I’ve seen it sold online.)

Another good hand cream that’s more readily available is the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.
Price: $8-$10 at your local drugstore

Another must have in your regimen is body lotion. After a shower/bath, apply a lotion to trap in the moisture before your body dries up.

I recommend: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion: No scent, fast absorbing and leaves skin feeling soft & smooth.
Price: About $10 for 354mL at your local drugstore

FOR YOUR HAIR:

Dry hair is not pretty! It looks dull. FYI: Each strand of hair is made up of three layers: the cuticle (outer covering), cortex (middle layer) & medulla (innermost region). A small amount of water is held between the cuticle and cortex of a hair strand. Basically in the winter time, due to the extreme temperature change, the dry air lifts the cuticle & causes moisture loss. Thus making your hair dry, brittle & frizzy.

  • Use a mild shampoo & always use a good conditioner! It’s also best if you wash your hair every other day rather than every single day
  • After washing your hair in warm water, seal the cuticles by switching to cool water for a final rinse
  • If you can, let your hair air dry. If you use a hair dryer, use the lowest setting. The extreme heat vaporizes the water beneath the cuticle of the hair and will cause over-dryness. Air drying leaves a more softer texture in my experience rather than blow drying
  • Try using a dry shampoo on the in-between days

I recommendTresemme Dry Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair: Spray a small amount only to the roots of your hair, tease if you please & comb out. I don’t know why this product has gotten such bad reviews! It does the trick for me, though.
Price: About $5 at your local drug store

I also recommend: Adding some Moroccan oil
Price: $42 for 100mL at various hair salon/beauty stores
Tip: Add a dime sized amount to the palm of one hand, rub both hands together and work through the ENDS of your hair. The oil helps to hydrate your strands. Love this stuff!

One last recommendation that should not be ignored:

  • HYDRATE: drink lots of water! You’ve heard it all before: 8-10 glasses of water a day. Simple as that.

I hope these tips have helped! Please feel free to leave a comment/question.

P.S. What are your favourite products/tips to use during the winter months?

– Kathy

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