Crisp flyaway hair with a mind of its own can only mean one thing…it must be winter (or fall)! Unfortunately, dry hair can be dull, brittle, difficult to style and prone to buildup. The key here is to provide your hair with the moisture and nutrients it lacks and a clean slate to work with. Below we’ll teach you how to restore moisture and shine to dry hair and skin.  

HAIR 

  • Demineralize to diminish hair woes: remove buildup with a  simple demineralizing treatment. One of our favorites is, by far, the Malibu Wellness in-salon treatment. This all-natural vitamin C treatment gently exfoliates the hair and removes buildup from product or minerals found in hard water that gives hair that crunchy feeling.

  • Deep moisture: try a custom deep conditioning treatment at your local organic salon- when used with gentle and controlled heat, it allows the conditioner to go deeper into the hair and helps seal the cuticle back down, making hair soft, shiny and bouncy again.

  • Preventative measures: leave-in conditioner (helps  lock in moisture) – apply to the ends of hair to provide added moisture and prevent damage from the get-go, especially from heat styling.

  • Ditch the ‘cones: Avoid haircare products that contain silicones which create an impenetrable barrier around the hair shaft, preventing true moisture from getting in. In addition, these water-insoluble products create buildup over time, so as much as silicones may initially make your dry hair appear smooth and shiny know that underneath that silicone crust (yuck!) is some seriously parched hair.

  • Less is more: decrease your shampooing during the winter months. Try out a dry shampoo – this is a powder that absorbs any excess oils on the scalp, yet retains much-needed moisture through the ends of the hair because it is non-stripping. Alternatively, instead of shampooing-try skipping a day or two, and conditioning in the shower only. Another great solution in to try alternating or switching your regular shampoo/conditioner with something more moisture-rich (Pure Luxe photo) until you feel improvement.

  • Beat the heat: Be conscious of the temperature of any hot tools you utilize during styling (blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons/wands). Most quality hot tools will have an adjustable temperature ranging from 170-425 degrees. Typically, higher temperatures are just not necessary for most hair types (particularly chemically treated hair). If you are unable to adjust the temperature of your hot tools, limit your usage or use a thermal protectant spray or serum.  (See chart below)

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SKIN 

Winter climates can suck the moisture right out of your skin creating issues like flaking, peeling and redness. Too often we tend to go overboard with harsh exfoliates and scrubs containing ingredients like  sulfates and other harsh detergents that only worsen dry skin issues. Does your skin exhibit any of the following traits: dryness, flaking, dull, tight, redness? Read on…

  • Pump up the Omega 3’s:  Wondering how to achieve that glow that only celebrities seem to have? Omega 3’s are where it’s at. These powerful oils can be found in plant and animal sources such as: fish, fish oil (such as krill or cod liver), eggs, flaxseed, chia or hemp seeds. General rule (according to my naturopath): increase your intake of Omega 3’s until you see your dry skin symptoms dissipate. I personally take 1-2 tablespoons of fermented cod liver oil per day during drier months and, after beginning this seasonal ritual, have not seen dry skin since.

  • Drink up!: When it comes to water, you should consume half your body weight in fluid ounces to ensure proper hydration. Staying hydrated all year ’round will keep your skin from looking dull and drab.

  • Product Savvy: We recommend the Anti-Aging Serum and Anti-Aging Moisturizer, two skin care products from Intelligent Nutrients, a brand that offers a line of products that are certified organic and food-grade safe for your body.  The Anti-Aging Serum is used as a spot treatment to hydrate, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and increase elasticity.  In addition, the serum reduces redness and inflammation that can be caused by harsh winter winds. Anti-Aging Moisturizer defends against free radicals and protects the skin. Cocktail the two products together to experience the full benefits of maximum hydration and protection against the elements.

  • Ditch the Foam: Foaming cleansers tend to be more drying due to sulfate content which can strip the skin of natural essential oils. Opt for a cream cleanser instead.

  • Scrub-a-Dub: start gentle exfoliation and/or daily dry skin brushing-1x week. Dry skin brushing increases circulation, removes dead skin cells, and stimulates your lymphatic system.  You can do this with a dry skin brushing tool (found in skin care sections of most retail stores) or with exfoliating gloves. Using gentle pressure, brush down on a clean dry face with fluid motions. Do not scrub as it may cause irritation. Do this for 2-10 minutes.

  • Say no to silicones: Avoid products with silicones. Silicone-containing skin care products can worsen any issues with dryness (this can include body soaps). The silicone blocks moisture absorption, break down skin etc.  Silicone is a coating that prevents skin from being properly moisturized, this can create a dependency on the product disrupting the skin’s own hydrating processes, which increases dryness, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable (and who wants that?)

These are a few of our best secrets that will keep your hair and skin hydrated and glowing throughout the season. Do you have any winter-proof or super power moisture tricks up your sleeve? If so, leave them in the comments below!