The shift from warm weather to cooler temperature is no doubt enjoyable but the cold air, increasing winds, and less humidity means that your once luscious skin and hair will begin to dry out; leading to dull skin, an itchy scalp, and cracked feet and hands.
But don’t you worry, there’s plenty you can to do to insulate yourself from the drying climate, and the best time to start is now.
First of all, Change your cleanser
When seasons change, the first and the foremost thing that you need to pay attention is to your cleanser. For example, if you have oily skin, during the winters it can become dry. So if you are using a cleanser for oily skin during winters, it may make your skin even drier.
As the outdoor humidity drops, so does the water content of your skin. This means it needs better protection, aka a heavier moisturizer. The type you choose depends largely on your skin type. If you have dry or combination skin, choose a moisturizer that’s oil-based rather than water-based. Thicker, greasier night creams are usually oil based so they can work their magic all night long.
Natural moisturizers work best. Olive oil and coconut oil are our saviors, though shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E oil also work well.
If possible, find moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Otherwise, make sure you apply a good quality SPF 30 simultaneously.
Protect your hair
Just as your skin takes a seasonal beating, your locks get dry and frizzy as well. Flyaway hair and split ends are often the results of lack of humidity. So like skin, the hair also needs a thick moisturizer to coat each strand.
Shampooing, in general, tends to strip hair of natural oils, and that’s why many people choose natural shampoos these days. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar do a great job.
Don’t turn up the hot water
When the weather gets cold, it’s tempting to turn up the hot water heater to make those showers extra cozy. However, hot water actually dehydrates your skin and hair, especially in drier air. Soaking yourself in a too hot tub is like cooking the moisture out of your skin, stripping it of natural protective oils and you actually risk surface burns. So, a comfortably warm bath can help seal in skin’s moisture, especially if you add oatmeal, dry or liquid milk, and even honey to the water.
As seasons change, you should remember that too much exfoliating can damage your skin and make it rough. Stick to doing it just once every week so that the natural oils from your skin don’t evaporate.
We suggest you use oatmeal as a natural exfoliant as it’s great on dry skin, especially when blended with milk and honey. If you have oily skin, use baking soda and water. Both work wonders and are far cheaper than commercial masks.
Lastly, Drink at least seven to eight glasses of water on a daily basis.