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During winter, skin and hair often become dry due to low humidity. Your skin can become dry and flaky, your hair may become brittle and break easily, and your nails will be prone to cracking. This is why people need a slightly different routine to moisturize their skin and hair during the colder months. To help ensure that your skin and hair stay healthy, here are some helpful winter moisturizing tips.
Find Products That Have Undergone Product Testing
When you’re looking for products that have undergone product testing, be sure to ask the manufacturer if it has been subjected to independent 3rd party agencies. Companies that undergo product testing need to follow certain guidelines and regulations when it comes to their production, meaning they have a higher standard of quality and safety compared to companies that do not undergo this process.
A company that has a moisturizing CBD product for instance may need to do extra CBD product testing to ensure that it doesn’t have any adverse effects. Animal testing, human testing, and chemical testing are all different kinds of testing that products can undergo to ensure that they are safe for use and provide the moisturizing effects they desire.
Drink Plenty of Water and Other Fluids
Drinking water is essential to good health, and it’s especially important when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated. Water helps flush out toxins, which are released through sweat or other bodily fluids. If you’re not drinking enough water, then those toxins can build up in your body and cause breakouts on your skin. Additionally, it’s easier to forget to drink enough when the weather is cooler. So drinking tea, warm apple cider, and other hot beverages can give you the extra hydration your body needs in the winter months to keep hair and skin looking and feeling their best.
Apply a Moisturizer Every Day After Bathing
To protect the skin against winter dryness, apply a moisturizer every day after bathing. Moisturizers are available in many forms including body butter, creams, gels, or lotions, and can be tailored to suit your skin type needs. Choose a suitable moisturizer based on the severity of your dryness and the climate you live in. You might need a thicker cream for overnights in especially dry climates. But a lighter-feeling body butter might be a better option if you are prone to breakouts.
Keep Lip Balms on Hand
Lips are skin too. And chapped lips can be not only unattractive looking but can be painful. To prevent or minimize dry, chapped lips, keep lip balms on hand. Apply frequently, especially if you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time. For added protection against sun damage, look for lip balms with SPF. Apply every two hours as needed during the day—more often if you are outdoors—to prevent cracked skin.
Take Warm, Not Hot Showers
The temptation in the winter is to take very hot showers. Unfortunately, too hot of showers and baths can make skin drier. Avoid taking very hot showers and baths. The high temperature can strip your skin of natural oils that help keep it moisturized. Hot water is also more drying than warm water. If you do take a long shower or bath, use warm to cool water for the first 15 minutes and then switch to cool water for the remainder of your time in the shower or tub.
Try not to use hot water on your face, especially if you have sensitive skin. Warm is good, but hot can be too harsh for some people’s faces and dry them out even further. When washing your hair avoid rinsing with excessively hot water to keep your hair from breaking.
Apply Conditioner After Shampooing
To keep your hair moisturized, never skip applying conditioner after shampooing. Conditioners help replenish moisture lost due to washing, styling, and environmental effects. Good quality conditioners especially during the winter months can prevent split ends and hair breakage.
These are Winter Moisturizing Tips for Hair & Skin Care
For those with thicker or curly hair types that tend to be dry, it’s especially important to use a deep-conditioning treatment on the ends of your strands at least once a week during winter months. Make sure you work conditioner throughout all of your strands—not just on top of the scalp—and don’t rinse out all of the product when finished.