The winters can be terribly drying, especially here in Colorado. I have been living and dreaming in Colorado for the majority of my life and I know that the winters can be harsh on the skin and hair. So lets talk about the three main changes I make in my winter beauty routine.
Number 1: Drink Up!
It's dry in the winter…. Drink More Water. That’s obvious, I know, and has been repeated so many times; I know, but I still forget during the day. Are you drinking enough water? I have an old co-worker who always tells me "If your feeling thirsty its too late, get some water in ya girl". Now I just keep a water bottle everywhere I go. I have one in the car with me, I keep one at work and I keep one in my bag. If you can, please avoid plastic water bottles, and if not please remember to recycle them. I picked up my water bottle from Amazon. I like the Bubba brand because they have such a wide variety and they are very durable.
Now that we're all going to be drinking more water, because we have water bottles all over; we can do things like eat more fruits and veggies that have a high source of water too. Some fruits are: watermelon, strawberries, peaches, grapefruit and cantaloupe. Some veggies are: celery, zucchini, cucumbers and lettuce. You need to nourish to flourish.
Number 2: Oil Up!
Everyone's skin is different and will react differently to a variety of products. I know you all know this too but sometimes we forget. I recommend trying all oils, butters, creams, lotions and serums on a small test patch of skin first. I do this a lot because I have sensitive skin. It responds better to natural products; oils and butters instead of lotions. When I do use lotions I always pick up one that is water based and for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin I recommend water based products. I am not an expert but doing this has helped improve my skin. In the hotter months I add a butter on top of the lotion. However, our focus is winter so lets talk about the DIY oil.
- A microwave safe bowl
- A Spoon
- 2 Tbs Avacado Oil
- 1 Tbs Coconut Oil,
- 3 drops Helichrysum Oil. For: scars, stretch marks, acne, varicose veins, tissue repair.
- 2 drops Frankincense Oil. For: skin conditions, scars, relaxation, depression, anxiety, thyroid issues, trauma.
- 2 drops Lavender Oil. For: muscle tension, headaches, relaxing, reducing stress, and promoting sleep.
- Optional: 2 drops Jasmine Oil and 2 drops Geranium Oil. For fragrance, calming, and romance
Add all ingredients to the microwave safe bowl and heat it up for about 20-30 seconds (or until the coconut oil had liquefied). Then let it cool until it is comfortable to touch.
This oil is great for the skin and can double as a relaxing massage oil when you add in the optional ingredients. This works best for my skin needs and it is super relaxing. I use it at night after my shower (first I add a lotion/butter). I also like using the oil at night because as we rest our body repairs and I like to think I'm giving a little assistance. Tip: You can also switch out the essential oils to fit your own skin needs.
Number 3: Wrap It Up!
This tip is mostly for my curly girls. I can only give personal tips on curly hair because that's what I'm working with. In the winter, we tend to have a lot more elements to deal with: the heater is blowing more often, we tend to wear more hats, dehydration and dry air outside. So we need to protect our hair a little more. Because I wear more hats and wraps in the winter, I'm able to deep condition more. In the winter I deep condition more frequently because my hair desperately needs it. To be honest on the days I run errands I will add my deep conditioner, put on a shower cap, then put on a scully or head wrap and go about my day. I get to add in an extra deep conditioning session without having to sit in the house all day doing my hair like a regular wash day. If I'm home for the day, just relaxing; I keep the bonnet on. I don't want the heater drying out my hair and I don't want my hair rubbing on the couch.
I hope that my winter tips have helped or have given you some ideas. Again I state that I am not a beauty professional. I'm just sharing what changes I make in the winter that helps my skin and hair.