Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.
Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.
1. WASH IN LUKEWARM WATERHot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.
2. MOISTURIZE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDSYour skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.
3. CHOOSE MOISTURIZER CAREFULLYSome over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Try Indie Lee’s natural moisturizing oils, as they’re made with natural, hydrating ingredients like lavender, chamomile, jojoba, and more, which help soothe dry, itchy skin.
4. PROTECTGet used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.
5. HUMIDIFYHeating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
6. DRINKWe tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
7. OVERNIGHT MOISTURIZEDryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm Skin Food by Weleda at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.
8. EXFOLIATEWe often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.
9. AVOID TOXINS, SPECIFICALLY ALLERGENS AND IRRITANTSParticularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin. In addition, glutathione is considered the “master anti-oxidant” and helps your body detox.
10. HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE OUTEating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider Be Well’s omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.
11. CHANGE YOUR CLEANSERCleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. Try like Suki Naturals Moisture-Rich Cleansing Lotion, or for really dry skin, try a cleansing balm like Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.
12. USE DIY MASKSHomemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.
Partial highlights, as opposed to full head highlights, are usually only the top of the head, the crown and part, as well as sometimes on the sides. Highlights themselves are a popular choice for those that want to enhance their appearance without changing their overall hair color. Some people, however, have a difficult time making the choice between getting full or partial highlights.
Partial highlights can be a good choice for those that don’t want a dramatic change but want to have an improved yet understated appearance. That said, they might not be the right decision for those who want to add an optimal amount of vibrancy to their look or change the full appearance to the hair. Partial highlights are most commonly used to enhance a certain feature or hairstyle, experiment with hair color, or maintain your current look between full head or full foil highlight services.
A few partial highlights in sections around the top of your head or around a special cut feature can enhance that section or add depth and dimension to a hair style. Highlights in conjunction with low lights can also be applied add a more natural blending of colors. They can be placed around the front of your head to frame your face. Partial highlights are also a great way to test the waters, so to speak, of highlighting, before committing to a full head highlight.
Partial highlights are also less expensive than a full head of highlights and can be a great way to maximize the length of your color by covering the roots and crown of your hair to lengthen the time between full head highlight services. However, if you put your hair up, you may want to forgo partial highlights or have a few extra ones placed around the sides of your hair where it is pulled up. One selling point I like to tell my clients is, (why damage all your hair when you can change your look dramatically and still keep most of your hair health).
The American Academy of Ophthalmology officially cautioned against the dangers of lash extensions and their glue, saying the addictive procedure can cause infections and swelling of the cornea and/or eyelid. Their warning echoes a Consumer Reports story this month, which said that lash extensions can cause bacterial and fungal infections.
"Eyelash extensions can cause hair loss resulting in eyelashes so thin that women feel they have no choice but to continue the cycle," said Consumer Reports, citing England's College of Optometrists.
The lash extension glue is made with formaldehyde ( yes ladies the same embalming fluid morticians use on corpses). Do you really want that near your eyes? Plus the time and cost involved getting the darn things put on, is it worth the massive infection and lose of your own eyelashes? Think again, be smart about your vanity. Only use temporary glue (such as DUO). Removable with water and guaranteed not to make you loose your eyelashes. Maybe a little more work, but it less time, less money, and less health risk.
What causes frizz, you ask?
It’s pretty simple. When hair is damaged or dry, the outer layer of hair (the cuticle) lifts, which allows moisture to pass through and swell your hair strands. Basically: dry hair = more moisture in = frizz central. Thankfully, you don’t have to stay in a committed relationship with frizz forever.
1. Keep the heat down on your styling tools.
High heat settings can cause your hair cuticles to swell, so bring the temperature down to around 365 degrees Fahrenheit for minimal frizz.
2. Wash your hair less often so its natural oils can ~do their thing.
~Washing too frequently strips hair of those oils, making it drier than the Mojave, which causes frizz. If you have naturally oily hair, use a dry shampoo to stretch the time between washes.
3. But when you DO wash your hair, finish off with a deep-conditioning treatment.
A deep conditioner seals the hair cuticle and prevents humidity from getting into the hair. More moisture = less frizz.
4. Or create your own DIY coconut oil hair mask for some seriously soft hair.
If you do choose to sleep in the hair mask overnight, slip on a plastic shower cap so you don’t grease up your pillowcase.
5. Use sulfate-free shampoos.Sulfates just dry the crap out of your strands, which causes hair to soak up the humidity in the air like a sponge.
Instead, aim for shampoos that are high in glycerin and sulfate-free. Glycerin coats the hair with moisture from the inside out to block that outdoor moisture from getting in. Win-win!
6. Ditto for products without alcohol.
Alcohol swells the hair cuticle (thus leading to frizz), so look for hair care and styling products that are labeled as alcohol-free.
7. For small areas of frizz, use a mascara wand and hairspray.
Spraying a clean mascara wand with alcohol-free hairspray will tame flyaways and frizzy areas like a ponytail or those annoying baby hairs around your crown.
8. Use a flat iron with teeth for extra straightening power.
The teeth help create tension, which, coupled with heat really helps get things super smooth.
9. Whatever you do, avoid the ~towel rub~.
Rubbing your hair dry with a towel causes unnecessary friction that’s damaging to your hair. Instead, gently squeeze the water out with your hands and let your hair air dry.
10. If you have curls, pop a diffuser on your hair dryer.
It’ll make a HUGE difference in cutting down on frizz and keeping your hair intact. Hair diffusers mute the forcefulness of air so that your hair won’t move around while it’s being dried, which is especially great for curly hair.
11. For straight hair, try this ~twisting hack~ for frizz-free waves.
After you’ve blown out your hair, apply a bit of hair serum, then make two separate twists (twisting away from your face) and anchor them beneath your chin with a hair tie. Keep the twists in while you finish getting ready. (It may feel completely silly at first, but know that it’s all going to pay off later.) After about 10–20 minutes, release the twists, add a few more drops of serum to smooth everything out, and enjoy your new ~natural waves.~
12. Resist the urge to touch your hair.
Every time you touch your hair, you’re breaking up its natural pattern, which can cause frizz.
13. Just before you shower, brush out your hair with a boar bristle brush.
Regular bristle brushes can cause some serious breakage and damage, but boar bristle brushes actually help distribute your hair’s oils for smooth, silky hair. Doing so before showering helps lift the oils away from your scalp so you can get an even deeper clean and let the oils nourish your hair strands in the process.
14. And when hair is wet, use a wide-tooth comb.
Brushing wet hair is just asking for crazy amounts of damage, so run a wide-tooth comb through it after (or while!) you shower.
May the humidity be ever in your favor.
Are you a blonde looking for a change, but not a big change? Or has the summer sun brighten your blonde a little too much? Try some lowlighting to make your ultra blonde tones really pop! Lowlighting is a great way to add depth and dimension to any blonde shade. Plus, you can give your hair a gentle break from all that high-lift action and revitalize your stressed hair. Have some fun and try some creative color blocking and placement to maximize your hair’s potential. Take your blonde to the next level with rich mahogany browns or fiery copper tones for a stellar look that’s guaranteed to help you shine! Whatever you decide, these ideas for blonde hair with lowlights are sure to inspire you.
All woman with fine hair struggle to fine the perfect remedy to make their hair look as though it has volume. You follow what suggestions have been given to you and nothing works. Well try this, DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU'VE BEEN TOLD.
DO wash your hair often.
Curlier, thicker hair tends to be drier and therefore does best with fewer washes and benefits from the buildup of natural oils. But the minute my fine hair gets oily, it gets weighed down and screams out for a wash. More grease makes it limper.
DO NOT use conditioner on your roots.
Conditioner is used to improve the texture of your hair, smoothing down the hair cuticle so strands are glossy and soft. But some of the ingredients in conditioner, including oils and silicones, can weigh hair down. That’s the last thing your flat hair needs, particularly at the roots. So use conditioner sparingly — I just use it on the bottom of my hair, no higher than the nape of my neck.
DO blow dry your hair upside down.
Flipping your head over is the best way to get to the roots and really give hair that extra lift. Adding a little volumizing mousse to damp your hair — but just a little, see below! — for extra boost and sheen.
DO NOT use lots of products.
The biggest pitfall I encountered was using products — specifically the trendy products my friends were using, like mousse and spray and the early 2000s favorite, “scrunching gel.” The so-called scrunching gel literally slid off the hair into a gelatinous puddle of gook. Lesson learned: You can only scrunch, tousle and zhuzh your hair into beachy waves if it has some waves to begin with.
DO experiment with a light texturizing spray or root lifter.
While avoiding heavy mousse and gel, one product that can occasionally help is a texturizing spray or root lifter.
DO NOT use a plastic comb on dry hair.
Staticky hair happens when electrons, which are negatively-charged, fly off your hair, leaving your strands with positive charges that resist each other. Plastic will make your hair more staticky, whereas a metal comb won’t, since metal is conductive.
DO use hairspray if you’re going to attempt curls or an updo.
Lots and lots of spray. Otherwise, that Drybar blowout will be gone within the hour. Good luck.
DO NOT get bangs.
This isn’t a hard and fast rule, and there are plenty of thin-haired gals who will look lovely with a fringe. But in my own experience, if having enough voluminous hair on your head is already a concern for you, cutting a chunk of it off to make bangs won’t help. What’s more is that limp, oft-greasy hair makes for even limper, greasier bangs, as the thin layer of hair will rub right up against your forehead. The more you touch them and try to fluff them (which good luck, because thin hair just doesn’t “fluff”), the greasier and stringier they’ll get. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
DO let hairstylists backcomb your hair.
Yes, it looks like a surefire hair ruiner that will take you two years to untangle. But for a more complicated, long-lasting salon hairdo (think: what you get done when you’re a bridesmaid), backcombing can provide that extra lift that makes a professionally-done style look glamorous.
Just offering a little of my experience and knowledge.