Winter is a tough time for our skin and hair. The cold Winter air is incredibly drying, and if you are outside a lot, the wind also takes its toll. We compiled a list of the best solutions for treating dry skin and hair and how to prevent it from happening!
Dry Hair Prevention
There are several ways to prevent dry hair from happening, and while sometimes they don’t always work for everyone, you should give them a try to see what’s best for you!
Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil locks in moisture. Keeping your hair moisturized (but not sopping with product) is good to do before Winter hits. This should always be in your hair routine.
Don’t Use Products Containing Alcohol
Alcohol is a diuretic. Diuretics speed up the process of dehydration. Not only will it dehydrate your hair if you use products that have it in their ingredients list, it will dry out your hair if you consume too much of it leisurely.
Handle Your Hair With Care
Rubbing your hair in a towel and jerking a comb or brush through it with force will break your hair. This will cause your hair to dry out quickly. Always handle your hair with care. Use a t-shirt or microfiber towel to pat your hair dry, not rub. Gently use a wide-tooth comb to detangle.
Deep condition often. Whether you have dry hair or not, this is a step that shouldn’t be missed! Once a week is ideal, depending on your hair condition. A deep condition helps your hair repair from heat damage and other traumas.
Chill With the Heat
Give your hair a break every once in awhile. Using the flat iron or blow dryer everyday can leave your hair feel brittle and dry. ALWAYS use a heat protectant spray.
Dry Hair Remedies
We’ve all been there. Not everyone is taught the ways of dry hair prevention when they first start styling their own hair. Here are a few remedies to help you repair dry hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This vinegar is basically an MVP for your body. Create a hair mask using olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and eggs to treat dry hair. Do this once or twice a week depending on your hair’s condition.
Massage virgin coconut oil into the hair and scalp, and let it sit for a few hours. Rinse and enjoy. This will help repair your hair. Continue treatments to keep your hair looking happy.
Avocado is jam packed with all sorts of vitamins. Avocados are known for making hair stronger and healthier. Create a hair mask to use once every few weeks.
Dry Skin Prevention
Some people have had dry skin their whole lives. Others see their skin changing with the weather. Whatever type of person you are, you can use these prevention techniques to keep supple skin all Winter long.
Take Warm Showers
Be sure to limit your shower time and use warm water. Hot water is known to dry out your skin. While a steamy shower can open your pores and allow your skin to be cleansed, you should not be taking 30 minute steam showers. Steam your face every once in awhile for a thorough cleansing and keep your daily showers at a warm temperature.
Use Gentle Face and Body Soaps
Some body washes contain harsh drying chemicals. You will want to avoid any that contain alcohol and other diuretics. Look for sensitive or dry skin labels when shopping for soaps.
Use a Lotion
Use a lotion after showering. Make sure this moisturizer is for dry or sensitive skin and is gentle, like your body wash. A light coating on the body will help prevent flakey skin.
Dry Skin Remedies
You may not be able to prevent dry skin, but there are certainly ways to treat it and lower its intensity.
Use olive oil as a natural moisturizer. Rub it into your skin and let it sit. Wipe off excess oil to remove grease.
Yogurt helps slough off dry, dead skin cells and promotes cell growth. It is also very moisturizing and cool, which helps heal and comfort dry patches.
Like your hair, your skin can be roughed up very easily. Make sure to pat and not rub your skin dry after showers. Don’t scratch or pick and dry patches, and make sure to eat well!
Remember, these remedies and prevention tips are not meant to replace advice from a hair specialist or dermatologist. Always be sure to consult an expert in hair and skin for the best advice.