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woman bundled up in cold weatherWinter is here and with the new season comes very cold weather. In addition to adjusting your wardrobe to defend against the cold, your hair needs protection too. Chilly air can make it difficult for your hair to lock in moisture, causing breakage, frizz and overall damage.

Dry air can also lead to chapped, cracked skin. Repeat exposure to freezing temperatures can lead to a vicious cycle of dry skin throughout the season. To avoid damaged hair and skin this winter, consider these 3 tips.

Moisturize Skin & Hair

When the air becomes less humid, dryness is common. To avoid damage, it’s important to keep your hair and skin hydrated.

Moisturizing daily is crucial to prevent the effects of dehydrated skin. Apply moisturizer after washing your face in the morning and at night. Make sure to choose a moisturizer for your skin type, whether oily, dry or sensitive for the most accurate results.

Your hair needs a moisturizer too! When choosing products, it’s important that they contain ingredients needed to lock in moisture and hydrate your hair. Some key ingredients to look for include coconut, olive and almond oils, shea butter and glycerin.

Keep Showers Cool

Although a hot shower can feel great, it’s not the best option for your skin and hair. While hot water can dehydrate skin, that doesn’t mean you have to take cold showers. Warm water can capture and hold the skin’s natural oils needed to hydrate and moisturize. It also helps minimize pores to improve appearance and maintain healthy skin.

Establish Routines

Adding skin treatments to your daily routine can help prevent damage caused by winter’s cold air. Include serums in your skincare routine, which have antioxidants to keep target areas healthy. As the sun still shines in cold weather, also use a daily moisturizer that contains SPF to keep your skin soft, smooth and protected from UV rays.

When it comes to your hair routine, consider deep conditioning once a week or using an oil treatment to add moisture and keep hair protected from damage. Use the right products for your hair type, whether curly, straight, thin or thick, on a daily basis when showering.
 
Don’t let dry winter air get the best of you. Make an appointment with Catherine and Company to learn more!