3 Easy Tips to Prevent Winter Hair Damage

If it feels like winter is constantly wreaking some sort of havoc with your hair care routine, it’s not your imagination. The combination of falling temperatures and brisk air can totally undermine even the most sensible of regimens, leaving you struggling to find the right products to protect your mane from damage. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to prevent the season from ravaging your strands. Here’s how to handle it with ease.

Step 1: Shampoo Less Often

It’s often not actually your hair that suffers during winter, but your scalp. The skin can easily become sensitive, uncomfortable, and itchy when exposed to continuous cold air. If you already have dandruff or dermatitis, you might notice the conditions are worse at this time of the year. So what’s the solution? It starts in the shower. Instead of lathering up every time, reduce shampoo time to two or three washes a week depending on the condition of your hair. When you do cleanse your scalp, use a soothing product, like Oribe Ultra Gentle Shampoo , to produce softness without weighing down your hair.

Step 2: Use a Rich Conditioner

Warm, dry air may feel great when you come in from the cold, but it’s not the best ingredient for your hair. The only thing you can do to resolve the problem is to up your mane’s moisture intake. Using a conditioner infused with nourishing oils and butters is an easy way to accomplish this—it will help combat weakness, which can cause seasonal problems like breakage, brittleness, and split ends. Agadir’s Argan Oil Daily Volumizing Conditioner is like a vacation for your tired strands, thanks to its intensely hydrating combination of panthenol and argan oil. The blend leaves hair soft and beautifully scented.

Step 3: Minimize Heat Styling

Adding more heat to your hair care routine isn’t necessarily the best idea at any time of the year, but it can be particularly damaging during winter. If you already combat frizz and dryness, you’ll only aggravate the problem. To combat these concerns, do your best to minimize heat styling tools during winter. When possible, allow your hair to air dry, or use the coolest setting to hurry the drying process. If you do need to heat style, be sure to apply a protective product, such as a leave-in conditioner or a smoothing serum, to prevent burns. One to try: Marrakesh Oil High Tide.

Images courtesy Conde Nast

New year, new hair! This Saturday, January 19th, we’re holding our first hair care sale of the year. Now is the time to stock up on the shampoos, conditioners, and styling treatments you need to achieve the gorgeous mane of your dreams.

Are You Washing Your Face the Right Way?

Washing your face seems easy enough. Just massage on some cleanser, splash with water, and dry off…right? Not quite. While that’s a very generalized approach that would probably have some effect, there’s actually a method to the routine that can have a serious impact on your skin’s condition. Not sure if you’ve been going about it the wrong way this entire time? Here’s how to clean up your act—and your skin!

  1. Choose the Right Products

Nothing is more vital to your skin than using the right products to cleanse. Even solutions that receive high praise from the masses—whether touted by a celebrity on a television commercial or raved about nonstop by your BFF—may not be right for you. Take into account your skin’s unique type first. If you’re dry, a creamy or milky emulsion will soothe your complexion without stripping away moisture. Oily types do best with foaming and gel-based cleansers that cool while eliminating oil and dirt. Sensitive skins may require some trial-and-error experimentation, but in general it’s best to avoid products with fragrances, parabens, and other possible allergens. 

 

  1. Use Lukewarm Water

Hot water might feel great, especially on a chilly winter’s day, but it’s not going to do your skin any favors. In fact, using hot water to cleanse is a great way to strip your skin of its natural oils and exacerbate existing dryness. The switch here is simple—use lukewarm water during your routine so that you don’t have to worry about these additional concerns.

  1. Find a Real Cleanser

The quick fix is often the most appealing, and that’s especially true if you’re in a rush to wash your face at the end of the day. Makeup wipes are practical in a pinch and offer a sufficient way to remove makeup from your skin—we’re obsessed with NuFace Prep-N-Glow Cleansing Cloths  for that purpose. It’s smart to follow that up with a mild cleanser designed to gently remove any remaining oil, dirt, and debris, such as SkinMedica Facial Cleanser . 

  1. Treat Skin After Washing

Skin treatments, such as serums, face masks, and moisturizers, are enriched with penetrative ingredients that do their best work after you’ve cleansed your skin. This is when it’s barest and most receptive to any key ingredients that your complexion can use to its best advantage. So if you’re ready to try that new sheet mask set you got for Christmas—or want to treat yourself to the bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection for a little at-home TLC—make sure that you do that after your skin is freshly washed.

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5 Body Products Everyone Needs in the Winter

Winter has a tendency to take its toll on the skin. Even if you aren’t typically dry or sensitive, the harsh, cold air can create uncomfortable tightness, itchiness, and scaliness. To combat these problems, you’ll need to swap your usual products for a few emulsions formulated with specific nourishing ingredients that soothe and protect the skin. Here are five we love for the season.

Fix Your Hands

With excessive hand washing—something many of us do throughout cold and flu season—comes the
tendency for rough, dry hands. In more severe cases, your knuckles may crack and even bleed. The trick is to find a product that does more than simply coat it with a little moisture that comes off when you next wash your hands. Avene Cicalfate Hand  is designed to create a protective barrier that locks out the aggravating effects of winter without leaving your hands sticky or greasy. Used regularly, it will make a visible difference in the condition of your skin.

Scrub It Up

Even if you don’t typically exfoliate your skin, winter is an opportune time to start. In order to reap the rewards of any moisturizing products that you use, your skin needs to be free of flakes and dryness. Use a product like John Masters Organics Raspberry & Blood Orange Body Scrub  at least three or four times a week to enjoy a smoother, softer canvas that’s more accepting of your body creams and lotions. This formula is made with sugar and raspberry seeds, which make it gentle enough for most skin types. Bonus points for the gorgeous scent!

Add Rich Moisture

A generic body lotion that you tap into your skin during spring and summer won’t do much if you’re suffering in the winter. Upgrade your moisture game with something richer, creamier, and more protective, like Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion . It’s packed with nourishing vitamins B5, C, and E, all of which work together to heal irritation. The nourishing formula sinks right into the skin without leaving you sticky, so you can get dressed quickly.

Treat Your Baths

There’s more to winter skin care than simply hydrating your skin. If you take regular baths, make the most of that time by treating the water with a conditioning product, like Dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Salts. The combination of soothing mineral salts and seaweed gently slough off dead skin cells to reveal the softer skin beneath. And because of its enzymatic content, you may even notice a slight glow when you’re done with your soak. It also boasts a fragrant spice scent.

Use Some Oil

Some body oils are capable of doing anything, from smoothing frizz to soothing dryness to healing irritated cuticles. A product such as John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil  is as versatile a taskmaster as anything you could imagine—it’s able to handle all of the above and so much more. Use it to soothe freshly shaved skin, or put it on before you apply lotion to lock in some extra moisture.

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