Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Winter Skin + Hair Tips


We only have a few weeks of winter left!! How quickly is the year going?!

While I enjoy the last of the cooler months (who else loves staying in with a cup of tea and a good book or Netflix?!) … I am looking forward to the warmer months. In particular, my skin is looking forward to the warmer months! If you’re like me, and your skin struggles in the cooler months, then keep reading!

If your skin and hair have been hating this weather, here are some tips to help you through to the warmer months.

In addition to keeping your usual skincare regime going – that’s cleansing morning and night, and making sure you don’t go to bed with any makeup on – incorporate some of these measures to ensure that your skin doesn’t suffer during the cooler months!

*I use WOTNOT baby wipes to clean my makeup off – these wipes are super gentle and have no nasty chemicals!


 1.      Hydrate!

SKIN

Moisturise. Moisturise. Moisturise. Even if you think your skin is too oily to moisturise, it needs to be moisturised!

If you are prone to dryness, try using an oil to supplement your night time routine. Or if you have a serum, making sure you use it. Oils and serums penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin, providing extra moisture. I like rosehip oil during the cooler months – massage a generous amount into your skin (face and neck). Let it sink in for a little bit, then use your moisturiser. If you have an evening face cream, use this, as it’s thicker so that your skin is moisturised all through the night!

Don’t forget to moisturise your body and your feet as well – dry feet are no fun!

HAIR

If conditioner isn’t doing the job through the cooler months, try using a hair oil or serum on the ends to prevent frizz and keep your ends moisturised.

Once a week (or every few weeks), try a hair mask! It can be as simple as using coconut oil – take a generous amount and massage it into your scalp and through your hair. Leave this on for at least 30 minutes, or overnight if you have the time, and then wash it out. You may need to shampoo a few times to get the oil out!


 2.      Limit heat

SKIN

While it’s super tempting to have really hot showers and sit in really heated rooms – this is really drying on our skin! Try to limit the time spent in really hot showers or try not having really hot showers at all. And rather than having the heating on full blast, add on some layers and keep the heating at a lower temperature.  

HAIR

Unfortunately, heat is not great on hair. Try to limit heat styling and heated blow drying, letting your hair air dry where possible!


.      3. Check your products

SKIN

Some ingredients used in products can be quite harsh and strip your skin of natural oils. Avoid any harsh peels or masks and alcohol-based toners. Opt for natural products where possible.

HAIR

A common ingredient found in shampoos and soaps is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), this makes it super soapy. This can also be very drying on your skin and scalp, and even cause itchiness and dandruff for some people! Try swapping to a product that doesn’t contain SLS. 

 4. Nourishing from the inside out

Get in your nutrients for healthy skin and hair by incorporating more healthy fats into your diet and ensuring that you are drinking enough water! 2L should be a minimum, not a maximum! I like to start my day with 1L of water first thing in the morning, adding in some lemon, lime or apple cider vinegar for flavour and detoxification.

Also, while super tempting, try not to consume too much caffeine or alcohol, it’s dehydrating, and will affect your skin and body!

*If I don’t have lemons and limes at home, I use a couple of drops of doTERRA lemon or lime essential oil as a substitute!



What tips and tricks do you have for taking care of your skin and hair during the cooler months?

Evie xo

Words and photography by @eviekay

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