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Help for that Winter Itch

Winter ItchDear Audrey,

My skin and hair are parched and dry—my skin is itchy too. Any suggestions on how to cope with dry flakey skin and hair?

Dry flakey skin can be itchy and uncomfortable and dry hair is just annoying, especially now, with the weather being so strange—either really cold and blustery or strangely warm, tricking us into thinking it’s spring.

Dry Skin

Whatever the weather, Denise Gorham, the Esthetician in our Scotts Valley Store had these great suggestions for battling dry skin.

  • Take fewer, shorter,  cooler showers, hot water tends to dry out your skin.

  • Throughout the year exfoliate weekly with a body scrub to help slough off dead cells that make skin look dull. Lotion and oil are better absorbed when skin is freshly exfoliated. To maintain hydration, smooth on the lotion after a shower.

  • Avoid the use of harsh soaps and detergents; they can be especially irritating during the winter months.

  • Use a cool must humidifier in your home and office to keep the humidity levels comfortable.

  • Switch to a heavier moisturizer that is rich in humectants. Often these are marketed as night-time moisturizers.  Again, apply right after showering while the skin is still damp and be sure to reapply during the day. Moisturizers are not actually hydrating the skin, they are protecting the skin's barrier, or mantle. When the barrier becomes dried out, skin becomes flakey and itchy.

Dermalogica makes two excellent products to combat dry winter skin:

  • Skin Hydrating Masque - A refreshing, moisturizing masque that helps stimulate skin's natural moisturizing factor while lycopene-rich Tomato Seed lipids help restore skin's protective barrier.

  • Skin Hydrating Booster - This hydrating fluid concentrate relieves dryness and fine lines. Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and Algae Extract help restore moisture balance.

Hydrate Your Hair

Winter can be harsh on your hair—the best way to combat dryness is by using deep conditioners and masques. Hydrating regularly is the key to keeping your hair soft and silky. Most stylists recommend you use a deep conditioner weekly during the winter months.  

Here is a list of products to consider trying. Be sure to check with one of our Customer Service Professionals if you are unsure what product is right for you.

  • Nixon Intensive Therapy Deep Hair Repair Masque-strengthens beat up hair strands. This color-safe light-weight formula is intensely nourishing.

  • Pureology Super Smooth Relaxing Hair Masque - this masque can be used up to 2 times a week depending on your hair type. It contains smoothing camellia, sesame and shea butter oils as well as conditioning geranium extract.

  • Sebastian Penetraitt Deep Strengthening and Repair Masque - this product repairs and strengthens hair that is weakened from past chemical treatments and heat damage.

  • Redken Extreme Strength Builder - An intense fortifying mask for damaged hair that conditions and strengthens hair to the core.

  • Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask - this rich, creamy but lightweight hair treatment is formulated with Argan Oil which helps bring your locks back to life.

  • ColorProof DeepQuench Moisture Masque - this miracle worker intensely hydrates, nourishes and repairs, all while prolonging color life.

  • HED-Depth Deep Conditioning Masque - this mask combines strengthening proteins with color preserving natural extracts, which leave hair incredibly smooth, resilient and shielded from UV dry-out and other oxidative damage.

  • J Beverly Hills Platinum Nourish Reconditioner - provides external smoothing, internal strengthening and replenishes and rebuilds your hair.

Wishing you a warming winter!


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