Although I live in Los Angeles, the air is very dry even when it is not as cold outside. My hair, skin, and nails always take a beating. Besides drinking as much water as possible every day, I’ve discovered three things that continually help me to deal with dry winter air.
Last year I finally bought a humidifier. They are so reasonably priced I’m surprised it took me so long to get one. In the past, I remember humidifiers only being used when I was young with a cold or flu. I now use one every night to prevent having dry skin, hair, and even a dry throat when I awake. I feel like I sleep better with moisture in the air, and it is a simple and extremely helpful remedy during cold and dry months. If you aren’t interested in buying a humidifier, having a bowl of water in the room is helpful. The water slowly evaporates and provides some moisture that way.
2. Moisture Spritz
I used to think the Evian water misters were a bit vain. Putting purified water into a tiny spray bottle will work just as well. Using a floral water/hydrosol with a bit of vegetable glycerin I absolutely love even more. When I know I’m going to be inside for some time, a quick spritz on my face does the trick and is refreshing. My favorite floral waters are rose, lavender, chamomile, and cucumber. This same moisture spritz can also be used to moisturize hair.
3. Seal in Moisture
You may want to increase your moisturizing products during the dry months. It is also important to make sure that your shampoo/hair cleanser and body wash/soap are not drying your skin and hair to begin with. Using thicker oils, butters, or natural lotions will definitely benefit you hair and skin during this time of year. An old personal favorite of mine is organic unrefined shea butter. If you have acne prone skin read this about the best oils to use. You can use shea butter from head to toe, or wherever your skin needs extra attention. You can actually use any carrier oil or natural butter to seal in moisture to your hair after applying your moisture spritz or even pure aloe vera. For skin applying a carrier oil/butter right after a bath or shower also helps to seal in the moisture.
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(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)