Heaters keep you warm, but they also wick moisture from the skin. And when you walk outside, exposure to cold air and wind gives your outer layers an environmental shock. Along with wintertime elements, not drinking as much water as you would during warmer months, not getting enough fresh fruits and veggies, and the nutritional deficit of your holiday leftovers, are all pitfalls that contribute to drying out your skin, hair, eyes, nose and mouth. Here are 5 tricks to block those winter dryness blues.
1. Get Creative with Water Sources.
Enjoying herbal tea is a great way to boost your winter water intake while warming your body from the inside, out. Coffee contributes to dehydration. To get your morning energy boost without dehydrating yourself, try an energizing herbal tea instead. Continue to enjoy herbal teas throughout the day, and remember to choose teas that are hydration helpers, like Hibiscus tea.
2. Use a Humidifier.
Adding moisture to your room will counteract the drying effect of your home’s heater and provide your skin the drink it needs. Luckily, moisture isn’t just skin deep. As you breathe, the increased moisture also will hydrate your nasal passages and hair. One important note however – be sure to thoroughly clean your humidifier frequently to help ward off mold and bacteria growth that could trigger allergies and asthma.
3. Oatmeal Baths – a Topical Treat.
Oatmeal is packed with anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries topically to sooth dry and itchy skin. Finely grind one cup of oatmeal using a blender or food processor. In order for the oatmeal to work its softening magic it should be ground fine enough that when mixed in water it feels silky and clouds the water. Sprinkle the ground oats over a shallow pool of bathwater and mix it up a bit to break up any clumps, then soak and enjoy.
4. Lip Cracking – the Best Defense is a Natural Offense.
The best way to prevent lips from cracking is to develop a habit of keeping your lips hydrated year-round. Especially during the winter months, an all-natural lip balm is essential. And for the times when your lips get wind-whipped (which will happen), reach for an all-natural lip treatment therapy. For the homemade route, dab on a mixture of Vitamin E and coconut oil.
5. Hair Tricks for Winter Dryness.
Try an all-natural conditioning treatment. These can be bought, but they can easily be made, also. Egg yolks are loaded with fats and proteins and they make a fantastic monthly moisturizer. Honey attracts and locks in moisture. And avocado long has been praised by beauty experts for its oils, which are most like our own natural skin secretions. No matter which you use, create a mixture of a 1/2 cup (give or take) and apply to clean, damp hair. Leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. If using egg yolks, rinse with cool water to avoid cooking the eggs into your hair. And adding 1 Tbsp of olive oil to honey will make it easier to rinse when paired with warm water. Want a more tropically fragrant option that will rival big-beauty-brands? Try a teaspoon of lavender oil mixed with a teaspoon of coconut milk and massage into dry hair before bed. Rinse in the morning. Whichever way you go, your hair will thank you.
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