Don’t be angry with us for saying it, but the cold weather will be here before you know it. While we wish the warm days of summer could stay with us forever, the cold of winter is approaching sooner than we’d like, and with it comes dry skin and hair.
This goes for your face, body, and hair. The colder months result in a lack of moisture in the air, causing hair and skin to become dry, dull, and damaged more easily. Ensure you are regularly moisturizing all three areas to maintain hydration and keep your skin and hair looking radiant. It’s important to choose hydrating products that are right for your hair/skin type, and won’t cause more harm than good. We recommend using products that use naturally-based ingredients to limit the number of harmful chemicals that you are adding to your hair/skin and the environment.
2. Use the right products:
As we mentioned in the step above, choosing the right products is critical when maintaining healthy skin and hair during the winter months. Harmful cleansers, moisturizers, shampoos, and conditioners can dry and weaken your skin and hair, making them susceptible to damage.
For facial moisturizer, we recommend either our Nourishing Facial Oil or our Balancing facial oil, depending on your skin type.
For hair cleansing and hydration, we recommend our shampoo and conditioner bars.
All of our hair and skin products use natural, plant-based ingredients that were chosen for their unique nourishing and hydrating benefits. All of our products and packaging use sustainable practices, reducing any negative impact on you or the planet.
3. Protect with oil
Oils have protective properties to help coat and shelter your skin and hair from harsh environmental conditions. During the colder months, protecting your hair and skin is crucial to maintaining their integrity.
For your hair and body, choose natural oils that will not cause harm or damage, such as coconut oil. To avoid a greasy-looking appearance, only apply a small amount of oil to the ends of your hair, unless you are doing a hair mask. For the body, gently rub a small amount of oil into the skin in areas that are excessively dry. Be sure not to use too much to avoid clogging your pores or having a greasy residue. Please note - do not apply any products to the skin or hair that you may be allergic to.
For your face, we recommend our Nourishing Facial Oil or our Balancing Facial Oil, depending on your skin type.
Exfoliation is key to maintaining smooth skin during the harsh winter months, for both your face and body. When we let dead skin cells and dirt build up on our skin, our complexion begins to look dull. Additionally, a build-up on the skin’s surface can result in clogged pores and acne. We recommend using a gentle cotton cloth to exfoliate your face and body (just be sure to use separate cloths), particularly if you have sensitive skin. Do not over-exfoliate, as you may cause damage to your skin during the colder months.
Gentle cloth exfoliation can be used in replacement of splashing water directly on your face while you wash. This method will help reduce water consumption by avoiding unnecessary running water, all while keeping your skin smooth and clear.
5. Avoid extra hot showers
It can be extremely tempting to want to warm up from the harsh weather by jumping into a hot shower (trust us, we get it!) However, hot water can strip your hair and skin of their natural oils and cause further damage. When hopping in the shower, try to use warm water instead of hot to help preserve the health of your skin and hair. Opting out of excessively hot showers will also help keep your energy bill down! Less hot water = a happier planet, happier hair and skin, and a happier wallet.
6. Use less heat on your hair
As the natural hydration in the air diminishes during the winter months, your hair will become more susceptible to breakage. Reduce your level of damage by using heat-based tools such as curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers as little as possible. As an alternative for blow-drying, try air drying or gently towel drying your hair. As an alternative for heat styling, try heatless styling options such as braids, buns, and ponytails, or heatless waves.
By using less heat on your hair, you will also be consuming less energy and reducing your carbon footprint!
Here are a few quick ways you can transform your morning routine to prepare for the cold weather: