Easy Tips to Beat Winter Dryness
Posted on February 05 2018
When the temperature dips, dryness comes out to play—here, there, and just about everywhere. From your lips to skin to hair and nails, cold weather, along with brisk winds, hot water, and maxed-out heaters, strip away moisture leaving these areas worse for wear. The lack of humidity in chilly air also means your skin is getting less moisture naturally. With just a few simple tweaks to your routine, you can put all that dryness behind you. Read on to learn more.
Lips require extra TLC during winter months. They have the thinnest skin on the body and contain absolutely no sweat glands, which means they become dehydrated—and chapped—fast. To remove dry flakes, gently buff them with a soft bristle toothbrush, then apply a lip balm with beeswax, like our Lip Calm, to trap in moisture. Reapply before going outdoors, and avoid licking your lips. This can strip your lips natural lipids, leaving them drier than before.
We know those steamy showers feel great on freezing mornings, but they aren’t doing your scalp or hair any favors. Keep the water warm and your shower under 10 minutes to salvage some of your natural oils. To counteract dullness and damage from hair dryers and hot tools, lather up every other day and use a gentle shampoo with moisture-rich oils. Our Evening Primrose Shampoo for Dry Hair contains powerful, lightweight oils, such as primrose and jojoba, to nourish hair and scalp while leaving strands shiny and full of body. Apply a hydrating conditioner, like our Lavender Avocado Conditioner for Dry Hair, to hair lengths after every shampoo to help soothe split ends and minimize breakage. It contains avocado oil to help strengthen and rice proteins to help hair hold onto moisture longer.
Dry skin can be more delicate and susceptible to cuts and peeling. Boost its hydration levels and seal in moisture by applying a thick cream with olive, argan, avocado, coconut, or jojoba oil to post-shower damp skin. Exfoliating twice a week will help remove the dry layer on top and help your moisturizer penetrate better, too. Another way to replenish? Run a humidifier filled with distilled water overnight.
During cold and flu season, washing your hands is the best way to fight germs. However, all that harsh soap and hot water can lead to cracked hands and brittle nails, not to mention ruin your manicure. Frigid weather can also constrict blood vessels and reduce the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to fingers and toes. Solution: Keep hands cozy in mittens, and stash a travel-sized hand lotion in your bag to apply after washing (you can also use it to calm static hair). At home, soak fingers in warm olive oil and massage into your nails and cuticles to soften and repair.