Help for Dry Skin and Hair During the Winter Months
Now that most places in North America are well into the cold winter, you may find that your skin and hair are suffering from dryness and dullness…
With the chapping wind, the artificial heat in your home and workplace, and the delight of sitting in front of a roaring fire (if you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove), Old Man Winter can really do a number on your appearance. Common effects include cracked or peeling lips, flaky skin, and dull or flyaway hair.
The good news is that you don’t need to wait until spring arrives to combat these issues.
Continue reading for tips on treating dry skin and hair so you can look and feel your best— despite the cold winter weather.
Heal From the Inside Out
You’ve heard the adage “You are what you eat.” Well, what you are eating can have an effect on your skin and hair health. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s healthy for the rest of your body, it is probably healthy for your skin and hair. But that’s not all: You need to add some nutrients to your diet in order to decrease dry skin and hair.
- Make sure you are taking in enough healthy fats. Fats help keep your skin smooth and your hair glossy. Some great ways to get in enough healthy fats are to add avocado, coconut oil, and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil to your diet. You can have avocado on toast, with eggs, or in a salad. Coconut oil can be used in coffee or as a cooking oil. You can drizzle olive oil liberally on vegetables or salad.
- Another great source of healthy fat is fatty fish. Add salmon, tuna, or sardines to your menu a couple times per week. Eggs are a good food to eat for healthier skin, and dark leafy greens are an important diet staple for healthier hair and skin all year long.
- Also, though you might not be sweating during the winter months, it is just as important now as it is in the summer that you stay hydrated. Get in those 8 to 10 glasses of fluids each day! Keep in mind that fluids are water or other non-caffeinated beverages. (Avoid those that contain a lot of sugar, though.) While you can have coffee and black or green tea, don’t count that as part of your goal for fluid intake. You can count herbal teas as fluids, though, because they do not contain caffeine.
Moisturize From the Outside In
One of the best beauty tips for dry skin and hair is to be sure to moisturize well in the winter! Since you aren’t perspiring as much and the air is usually less humid in the winter, it is very common for skin to get uncomfortably dry. You might have chapped hands and dry skin on your face. This is true even if you normally struggle with oily or combination skin in the summer. Depending on your skin type, you’ll want to look for a water- or oil-based moisturizer to use right after you get out of the bath or shower. Dry off quickly, so your skin is still damp, then rub it in. You can also use coconut oil in place of a moisturizer (but don’t use it on your face if you are acne prone).
Speaking of baths and showers, don’t make yours too hot. Though it feels great to step into a steamy shower, that hot water will strip oils from your skin and dry it out. Also, avoid using harsh soaps. A moisturizing bar or shower gel is a better option this time of year.
As far as your hair goes, look for a conditioner that adds moisture to your hair. An oil-based deep conditioning treatment every month will also help keep your tresses looking great and feeling soft.
Avoid blow-drying it every day; instead, let it air-dry on days when you aren’t hurrying out the door into the cold. If your hair will stand for it, try shampooing only every other day or even less frequently during the winter.
That will help minimize dryness and breakage. If you have an oily scalp, this might not work for you unless you can wear a scarf, but if you are spending a day at home, it’s worth giving your hair a rest from daily shampooing.
Add Dead Sea Moringa to Your Regimen
Using supplements that contain antioxidants and natural moisturizers such as vitamin E can help prevent dry skin and hair.
Dead Sea Moringa is a supplement that is excellent for joint health, your immune system, and your hair and skin. As an extra bonus, it can help you maintain a healthy weight and is a great way to replace some of the dark leafy greens that you might find it hard to eat enough of this time of year.
Dry skin and hair can be a challenge in the winter months, but with good nutrition, a great moisturizer, less shampooing, and the power of Dead Sea Moringa, your appearance doesn’t have to suffer.