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Winter has officially started, and so has the time to start boosting your skin and hair care routine. The cold, dry winter months often leave your skin feeling tight, dry, and it’s appearance dull and flaky, while your hair lacks shine and becomes a ball of static every time you touch it. (Pro tip: if the static is especially out of control, spray Static Guard on your brush or comb then run it through your hair. Or place a dryer sheet over your brush. They work like a charm every time!) This time of year is when you really want to be looking your best with all the holiday photos and Christmas cards, so I’ve put together a list of my winter skin and hair care routine so you can get through the months looking glowy and gorgeous!
Add Moisture To The Air
If you live in a humid area this probably isn’t something you need to worry about, but living in the dry climate of Colorado makes dry skin a year round struggle, and in the winter months it just gets worse. If the air you live in has zero moisture, all the intense hydration night creams in the world won’t make a difference. Try turning the humidity up in your house and add a humidifier to your bedroom. The one I use is this handy little cool mist humidifier by Pure. It comes with low and high speed settings plus a night light option, all in a compact size so you can put it pretty much anywhere. Warm mist humidifiers work just as well, but I prefer ones with cool mist for small spaces so it doesn’t get too warm.
Use a Facial Spray/ Night Mask
I love facial sprays. I hopped on the bandwagon about a year ago and haven’t looked back since. They make your skin feel so hydrated and refreshed! I try to avoid using them during the day unless my face is screaming for some extra attention because I found it makes my T-zone look oily faster. Instead, I started adding it to my night time routine and applying it after I wash my face and before my moisturizer. My current favorite is this Hydrating Mist by Juice Beauty. It’s cruelty free, made with organic ingredients, and smells like roses!
Another favorite of mine is this Ahava Hydration Cream Mask I received in my winter FabFitFun box. Once or twice a week I switch out my moisturizer for this mask. You can leave it on for a few minutes or overnight. I leave it on overnight and it works wonders! My skin feels so smooth and hydrated the next morning.
Deep conditioners are so important in your hair routine. Especially if you color, blow dry, or heat style your hair. Ideally deep conditioners should be used all year round, but more often in the dry, winter months. I’m in between deep conditioners I like right now, but one of my past favorites is this Whole Blends Hydrating Mask by Garnier. I put it in after shampooing and cover it with a shower cap for 15-20 minutes. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and silky smooth! I’ve also heard great things about masks by Kerastase so those are on my list to try next.
Avoid Hot Showers
This one is so hard. There’s nothing like stepping into a hot shower on a cold, dark, winter morning. But the hotter the water, the more it dries out your skin and strips your hair of it’s protective natural oils. If you can’t bring yourself to give them up completely, only take a hot shower once or twice a week, and be sure to always wash your hair with cold water. This seals your hair cuticle which smooths it out and adds shine.
What are some of your winter skin/hair hacks? Let me know in the comments!