Brrr. Winter is coming. For so many of us, our weather suddenly went from unseasonably warm to all-too-seasonably cold, just like that! We’re already complaining about itchy, dry skin and dry, damaged hair. But you can get out ahead of the fall-to-winter transition by taking steps to get your hair and skin ready for the cold. See our editors’ picks for three of the best ways to winterize your hair and skin now — before winter arrives!
Problem: Winter Hair Shedding
As the weather turns cold, we tend to shed more and more hair. This may be alarming, but as long as you’re losing around 100-150 strands, you’re still within most people’s normal range. Still, if you long for the healthy-looking locks you were probably rocking back in the spring, you can do more to fight Mother Nature’s winter attack on your hair.
Solution: Feed your hair follicles with vitamins, minerals and a marine complex with key amino acids as part of a comprehensive hair supplement. When you nourish your follicles, that helps them grow stronger, thicker strands that can better withstand the onslaught of cold, dry weather, not to mention the drying, damaging effects of blow-drying and heat-styling too!
Problem: Dry, Breaking Hair
Winter hair breakage due to dry, radiator heat and plummeting outside temps will be a thing of the past with your updated hair care routine this winter.
1. Use a good daily conditioner that moisturizes hair strands without weighing them down. Hair will get the moisture it needs but still will keep its thickness and volume.
2. You may want to cut back on how often you shampoo your hair or switch to a gentle thickening shampoo. Your optimal shampoo frequency in winter will depend on your hair type and natural texture. If you’re normally a shampoo-every-day girl, cut down to every other day. If you usually shampoo less frequently than that, cut down to only a couple times a week or even less. Harsh shampoos can strip natural oils from hair, making strands even more porous and prone to damage from dry, cold air.
3. Switch to satin or silk pillowcases. Cotton sheets and pillowcases can cause friction to hair strands while you sleep. And this means more hair breakage.
Problem: Flaky, Itchy Skin
Winter arrived and it seemed like every inch of your skin suddenly became dry, flaky and possibly even itchy! That includes everything from your heels, to your elbows, to your face and even your scalp.
1. First thing’s first when it comes to dry, flaky skin: pump up your water supply. Hint: This advice will even help dry, damaged hair (see above). Chronic dehydration means that your body will have to use the little moisture it gets to perform essential functions, like flushing waste out. In other words, if your body has to choose between hydrating your liver or hydrating your hair, skin or nails, guess which body part(s) are going to get left out in the cold (pun intended). So don’t let winter dryness win; up your water intake. Women need a whopping 91 ounces of H2O per day (and men need even more). Start drinking more water and your skin will be glowing with summer-esque health in no time.
2. Another tip for dry, flaking skin is to boost the humidity in your house, especially your bedroom. Heat in your house is drying, whether it comes from a radiator or forced air. Counteract that dryness by running a humidifier, especially in your bedroom while you sleep. Maintain a humidity level of 30-50% to keep your skin feeling hydrated and at its best.