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.

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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.

Seasonal Skincare Swap

Real talk: we’re freaking out about fall. Although summer heat isn’t ideal for a full face of makeup, cooler weather can present a slew of skin concerns—especially for those who struggle with acne. For an easy, blemish-free transition, you’ll need to change up your skincare routine the same way you swap out your wardrobe. Here’s how:

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Correct your cleanser: In the summer, we like reaching for heavy-duty cleansers that ensure salt & sand stay on the beach and out of our pores. In the fall, you’ll want to switch to something gentler like this PCA Skin Creamy Cleanser . Packed with beneficial oils like rosehip (a Kate Middleton favorite) and omega-6 essential fatty acids, this formula will remove dirt without stripping skin.

Peel away: Forget diamonds—chemical peels are your new best friend. While you should be careful not to over-exfoliate during colder months, you should add this Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel  to your lineup once a week. This gel uses a combination of pineapple & pomegranate enzymes that lifts away dry, dead skin to prevent clogged pores. Just be careful not to scrub too hard!

Tone and balance: After months of sun exposure, this Obagi Nu-Derm Toner  will help restore your skin’s natural pH level. Unlike most toners, this product features a natural astringent instead of alcohol, which can overdry skin. Aloe and calendula soothe & smooth skin as witch hazel tightens pores without over-drying your complexion.

Add a serum: Most people try to avoid extra oil in the summer, but it’s about to make a comeback. To build up your skin’s natural defense against the elements, we suggest using bareMinerals Eternalixir Skin-Volumizing Oil Serum. The calcium-rich concoction enhances your moisture barrier and fights signs of aging with nourishing botanical oils. Be sure to take this product down your neck, as well.

Thicken your moisturizer: Though it’s hotly contested, moisturizers should follow after serums! At night, show your skin some love with a generous coat of this  Peter Thomas Roth Camu Power CX30 Brightening Moisturizer . This product is loaded with a superfruit called the Camu Camu berry, which packs 30 times more vitamin C than your average orange. This is crucial during sun-deficient seasons to maintain collagen production and iron absorption.

Throw on a mask: If you’re in need of emergency hydration, it’s time for the GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment
. Having dry skin can be itchy and uncomfortable, so this mask was formulated to provide instant relief. Leave on for 10-20 minutes before going out, keep it on overnight, or slick on during a long flight to arrive glowy & soft!

Saying goodbye to summer is already hard enough—we hope this guide helps you winterize your routine with ease!

 

How To Pamper Yourself for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to give yourself some much-needed TLC. Regardless if you’re in a relationship or not, we could all use a designated day—or maybe a week—to kick back and relax. Aside from treating yourself to a box of chocolates, there are plenty of small things you can do to celebrate the holiday of love this year that is way more satisfying than watching a cheesy rom com.

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Take a bath

After a long day at work, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as a warm bath to soak your stress away. Not only does submerging yourself in water help you sleep better, but also it helps loosen any tight muscles, especially if you toss in Mama Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak ($32.99). As the name indicates, this soak eases your body like yoga would by using a blend of calming essential oils like lavender and citrus lemon peel. To create an even dreamier ambience, light a soothing candle like NEST Fragrances Classic Candle in Vanilla Orchid & Almond ($38.99). We warn you though—you may never want to leave your bathtub.

Do yoga outside

If you don’t have time for a bath, we recommend a quick outdoor yoga session in the morning. Practicing yoga is great for your overall health as it clears your mind and gets you ready for the day. Not sure how to do it? No worries—there are a gazillion videos on YouTube to help you out. Just make sure to set your mat on a shaded spot either in your backyard or a nearby park. Don’t forget to also bring a good SPF. Image Skincare Prevention+Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50 ($27.89) works wonders as it offers both UVA and UVB protection, ensuring that your face is covered from the elements. Always namaste away from sun damage!

Get your glow on

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We’re told to drink about half a gallon of water each day, but let’s be realistic: That goal can be pretty hard to reach most of the time. Fortunately, you can achieve hydrated skin while you sleep by quenching it with GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment ($50.99). A single use of this mask is all it takes to give your skin an instant boost and make it look like you’re glowing from within. Apply it the night before Valentine’s Day to ensure silky, smooth skin that will enhance any date makeup look.

Put your best face on
Skip the spa—you can give yourself an at-home mini facial by using Peter Thomas Roth Facial On The Go ($18.99). This set allows you to recreate the professional experience in the comfort of your room with just four gel products. Before getting started though, take a hot shower to open up the pores for maximum effectiveness. Ingredients such as glycolic acid will brighten your skin while hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts gives your skin the moisture it needs. Our personal favorite is the peeling gel, which visibly rolls away dead skin cells. Great for normal skin types, it’s an easy way to bring life back into your skin without putting a dent in your wallet.

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