Just like the seasons change, so should your beauty regimen. Winter’s chilly weather unfortunately means dry air, which often causes itchiness, flaking, and dryness. Unless you’re not bothered by dry skin and hair, you will need to adapt to the harsh weather and give your skin and hair a little extra TLC during this time of the year. Vilda guides you with 5 easy ways to switch things up and prep your skin and hair for the cold winter months. Before you know it, you’ll be sipping a mojito by the pool again, but until then make sure to enjoy the cozy, dark evenings under a blanket with your soy hot chocolate and a good movie!
1. Maintaining Moisturize
While your usual moisturizer may be perfect for your skin during spring and summer, you will most likely need something heavier for the colder months ahead. During the winter months, our skin dries out much quicker and an oil-based moisturizer is recommended, at least for those who have normal to dry skin. Most moisturizer are water based, but try going for an oil based moisturizer instead as the oil creates a protective layer on the skin that helps it retain moisture.
Try MuLondon’s Organic Rose, Rosehip & Rosemary Face Moisturizer (1), which also contains shea butter, coconut butter, and golden jojoba oil – all known for their beneficial effects on skin
2. Easy on the Hot Baths
Who doesn’t love coming home from the freezing cold outside and tap up a hot bath, with a glass of wine and a good book to read? Yes, it feels great and is relaxing, but make sure that the water isn’t too hot. The heat from the water can break down your skins natural protective layer leading to dry and itchy skin and scalp. This goes for hot showers as well!
3. Remedy for Chapped Winter Lips
The skin on the lips is extremely thin and sensitive and therefore needs extra care and moisturize to protect it from wind and dry weather. Make sure to use a lip balm packed with moisture and try to stay away from licking your lips – it only makes things worse. You can exfoliate your lips gently using a toothbrush to get rid of the flakiness, but make sure to immediately after apply a lip moisturizer.
Try one of Hurraw’s lip balms which are made from all natural ingredients, budget friendly, and very pleasant to wear on the lips. For the winter months, we recommend the extra rich and creamy Moon Balm (2).
4. Healthy Scalp and Hair
Your hair and scalp tend to dry out even more in cold weather and it is normal to get a flaky, itchy scalp, dandruff, and static hair this time of the year. Make sure you use a gentle shampoo and keep the hair washing to a minimum. If you can, try only washing your hair once a week to retain the natural oils in the scalp. Use a conditioner after washing, and if your hair is really dry, make sure to use pure, natural oil in the ends to keep the hair from breaking. Try pure argan oil – it does wonders!
5. Hands Need Love Too!
Keep your hands warm in the winter with a pair of gloves. Besides the obvious benefits of gloves, they also prevent your hands from drying out. A really good hand cream will also help keep your hands soft – get one to have by the sink for after washing your hands, one in your workplace, and a smaller version that you can keep in your handbag.
The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector (3) comes in two different sizes and is like magic for dry hands.
Featured image by Luciano Consolini