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Caring for your Hair and Skin During the Winter Months

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Dear Audrey,

Help! This winter has been brutal on my skin and my hair! What can I do to alleviate dry hair and chapped, dry and peeling skin?

The changing of the seasons can really cause havoc on the skin, hair, and nails. Here are a few things you can do that will brighten your beauty forecast and are as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Exfoliate to remove dead skin that can cumulate and dull the skin.

Physical scrubs like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant use grit, in this case rice, to mechanically remove buildup. It is gentle enough for everyday use and works well on most skin types. If physical scrubs tend to give you redness and irritation, you may want to try an enzyme based scrub instead. Enzymes gently “nibble” away at the surface to smooth and clear away dead cells sans actual “scrubbing.” gloTherapeutics makes a Pumpkin Enzyme scrub that works as great as it smells. Your hair can also benefit from buildup removal as well. Try an exfoliating shampoo like ClearItUp Detox from ColorProof a few times a month. This sulfate free wonder de-gunks your hair without overly drying and leaves your scalp feeling fresh.

2. Step Up Your Moisturizer.

Most of us have our all time favorite moisturizers on hand 24/7. The problem is, most will not work effectively all year round. I find that the moisturizer I love in the summer just doesn’t cut it in the winter. A safe approach is to stick with the brand you love, but ask for a heavier formulation. For example, if you love Dermalogica’s Active Moist in the summer sun, try moving up to the Intensive Moisture Balance, or Skin Smoothing Cream in the winter. Apply your moisturizer as quickly as you can after bathing for best absorption. Hair loves moisture too, so if your hair is deprived, it will seek it out. This is why we have winter frizz. To combat the fuzz, try a switching to a conditioning cleanser like Macadamia Professional’s Ultra Rich Moisture Cleansing Conditioner. This will help keep your natural oils working while moisturizing, softening and gently cleaning the hair, without stripping. To keep your digits from drought, try a quick swipe of OPI’s Avoplex Cuticle Oil to Go. This little wonder is right on target. It’s gel like formula delivers lipids and moisture right where you need it.

3. Skip Long Soaks.

Keep your showers and baths at cooler temperatures and try not to soak for too long. Pat yourself mostly dry and apply a body moisturizer like Hempz Triple Moisture Herbal Whipped Body Crème, within 3 minutes for maximum absorption. This is the easiest way to help rehydrate your skin and hair, and you just may save a few dollars on your products & utility bills in the process!


P.S. Don’t forget the SPF!

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