What the winter weather does to your skin and hair

As winter creeps closer, you may be noticing a difference in your body. You may feel more fatigued, have a difference in appetite, or change your spending habits. You may also notice some changes in your skin and hair. Even though you’re doing the same morning and nightly routines, you may not achieve the same skin and hair health you’re used to in warmer months. Read on to learn what winter weather does to your skin and hair, as well as what you can do to keep looking your summery best.


Your hair:

If you think your hair doesn’t look as healthy and lushious in the winter, you’re probably right. With cold, dry weather comes dried out hair. Harsh winters make it more likely for your hair to break, so it’s important that you do what you can to keep your hair healthy (1)


While you may be wanting to wash your hair and curl it more often for the winter holidays, this is unfortunately a bad idea. With the dry weather, your hair is more dry, too. When you shampoo your hair, you strip your strands of the natural oils. It may be hard to adjust to at first, but your hair needs the oils to keep moisturized in the dry winter months. The same goes for heat tools. Straighteners, curlers, and hair dryers can strip your hair of moisture, and can also cause additional breakage. So, at the very least, make sure you use a heat protectant if you do need to put heat on your hair.


To help keep your strands moisturized, make sure to use conditioner every time you get your hair wet. You may also want to start doing a hair mask twice a week to ensure your hair stays moisturized. In all, it’s important that you be gentle to your hair in the winter since it is already at its most fragile state.


Your skin:


The winter weather doesn’t do any favors for you skin, either. The lack of humidity and the the coldness of the air can cause dryness for your skin. You may notice this particularly in your lips, if they become chapped more easily in the winter.


As with your hair, you need to make sure your moisturize well in the winter. The same moisturizers you use in the summer may not give your skin everything it needs, so it’s important that you test what works for you. You may need a thicker lotion in the summer, or you may need an emollient moiturizer to help stay moisturized. Talking to a dermatologist about your skin type can help find the right one for you. 


While you’ll want to find the right products for you, proceed with caution. Since many people experienced dry, cracked skin in the winter, it’s easier for skin to get irritated by new products. To be safe, you should avoid fragrant products you haven’t used before. You may also have to use fewer products in the winter, even if they are products you have used before. The goal is to leave your skin moisturized, but avoid irritating it during the winter.

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