I am not a winter person – and neither is my hair or skin. I feel like this time of year, my lips are always chapped, my skin is extra dry and my hair is a static mess. Here are some things that I’m trying out to help ease the winter blues, let me know if you have any tips that work as well, I’d love to hear!
Static Hair: rub a dime sized amount of Aloe Vera in your hands and run through your hair – not only will it tame static it is also full of nutrients that are good for your hair!
Dry Skin: When it’s freezing cold outside your instinct tells you to turn up the heat or take a steaming hot shower – but both of these things can dry out your skin immensely. To combat this, try using a humidifier in winter, which adds more moisture to the air. Also, try taking a bath instead, and add moisturizers like coconut oil or shea butter to the water. I’ve never tried this, but some people swear by adding milk and honey to the bath as well!
After bathing or showering, apply moisturizer immediately while skin is still damp to help lock in the moisture. While in summertime, light moisturizers are great to help prevent skin from getting to oily, in winter you don’t need to worry about that – you can use rich moisturizers with an oil base like avocado oil or almond oil that help create a protective layer for your face. In doing research for this post, I learned that avocado oil will not only add moisture, it can help reduce blemishes and sun damage and helps your skin produce more collagen! Pictured above is Avocado Oil Body Butter by Mediterranean Spa.
Chapped Lips: Sometimes repeatedly applying chapstick seems to make your lips even more chapped – try using a mixture of Vaseline and honey (the honey makes the Vaseline taste better, too) – it has done wonders for me :) Dab a little Vaseline on chapped knuckles as well!
Things you can eat or drink that help as well? Lots of water, fruit and green tea will help hydrate your skin and keep it clear. Also, green-based smoothies are great! Try our green smoothie recipe.
Hope these tips help you out, and again, if you have any of your own please share!