We’ve all been around the sun a few times at this point and experienced dull, seasonally-affected faces and fragile, straw-like locks at one time or another. And as reliably as I need a cup of coffee every morning, Winter is ever faithful in her desire to give my hair and skin a hard time. I’d like to think by now, I’ve learned, become wiser, smarter, and have found a solution to avoid the side effects of low humidity and freezing cold. But let’s face it, we’ll never outsmart mother nature completely, so here’s a few tips I’ve found to help keep moisture a little more balanced while she does her thing:
MOISTURIZE ON THE DOUBLE
Immediately after showering and lightly towel-drying, apply an unscented moisturizer to your arms and legs and a small amount of hair oil or leave-in conditioner to your damp locks. Doing this while your skin and hair are still damp helps seal in moisture better than if you wait till you're completely dry. Check out our Hair Repair Complex made with rosehip oil for a hydrating, protective layer.
DRY HAIR NOURISHING MASK
Formulated specifically for dehydrated, brittle hair, Insight’s DRY Hair Nourishing Mask does more than just detangle and smooth. With coconut and sweet almond oil, all you have to do is leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, so the moisture penetrates deeply into the strand cortex, restructuring the hair and restoring shine.
INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
The low humidity outside isn’t the only thing contributing to your brittle tresses and dull skin. When we heat our homes, it dries out the air inside as well. So really, our hair and skin are having the moisture sucked out no matter where we try to escape to. Using a humidifier during the winter months will help replenish moisture on the epidermis.
DRY HAIR NOURISHING SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Infused with organic oat extract and a powerhouse blend of coconut oil, illepé butter, sweet almond oil, the DRY Hair Nourishing duo works together to restore even the dullest of dry hair. With more elasticity and flexibility, your locks are far less likely to break, keeping you smooth and shiny all winter long.
DRINK MORE WATER AND TEA
During these winter months, it can be even more tempting to reach for a hot cup of coffee or mug of hot cocoa just to keep your fingers from freezing outside or to warm up on the inside. The bummer, of course, is too much coffee or added sugar and not enough water to keep your hair and skin hydrated and glowing. So instead, try opting for some hot tea, get fancy with your flavor, or keep it simple with green tea or hot water with lemon and a dash of cinnamon. Not only will they keep you hydrated, but after some time, you might even notice a slight glow.
DON'T FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN
Yup, even in winter, the sun doesn’t quit. Help keep sun damage at bay by applying a moisturizing sunscreen. Even if you’re working from home, those ultraviolet rays can still wreak havoc on skin through windows.
by: Leslie Berlin, guest writer