Cold and flu season is in full force, and it is important to take care of your body during this time of year. Doctors recommend taking vitamin C, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of exercise to stave off illness, but when it comes to taking care of your skin and hair follow some extra steps to preserve your beauty through spring.
Check out these 9 winter beauty tips to stay fresh through the cold weather.
#1 Avoid Hot Water
Hot water can be drying on both your skin and hair. A hot shower or a warm soak in the bath can feel good on a frigid winter evening, but the heat will quickly sap moisture. Try washing hair with lukewarm water (bonus: this protects your color as well). If you really need a relaxing dip in a steamy bath, use a bath oil to keep your skin moisturized.
#2 Wash Hair Less
As we mentioned before, hot water can take the moisture out of your hair fast, but it’s not the only culprit: washing your hair too often strips it of its natural oils, which can dry it out. Washing less frequently will keep your hair shiny and healthy year-round.
#3 Treat Hair with Moisture
Giving your hair a boost of moisture will help it get and stay nourished. When it comes to winter hair care, there is nothing quite like a hydrating mask, hot oil treatment, or deep condition.
#4 Wear a Hat
For most of us, using a hat to protect our hair from the hot summer sun is second nature. But what if we told you that a hat can protect your hair from breakage and the drying effects of wind and weather? Invest in a cute topper to go with your winter gear, and look chic while you protect your hair.
#5 Use a Humidifier
Dry air can hurt your skin and hair in the winter, so use a humidifier to add some moisture to your environment. Bonus: a humidifier will help keep your hair from getting static!
#6 Maintain a Healthy Diet
What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it, so make sure to hydrate with plenty of water and eat a balanced diet. Leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, and Omega 3s—found in foods like salmon, mackerel, and other fish—will add moisture to your hair and skin.
#7 Get a Facial
In addition to being a relaxing, indulgent treatment, a facial can work wonders on your winter skin. Facials remove the dead skin on your face with deep exfoliation; this allows moisturizers, creams, and other products to more effectively penetrate your skin.
#8 Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Dry skin in winter plagues us all, and one of the easiest ways to combat it is through quality moisturizer. Choose a thick lotion for your body and a quality night cream for your face to help lock in moisture. A well known trick is to slather a thick, yummy foot cream on, top with socks, and go to bed. You will wake up with softer feet!
#9 Indulge in a Pedicure
This summer spa staple is a perfect fit when you are looking to pamper yourself in the winter. Slough off old callouses and enjoy a foot massage, all while glamming up your toenails. You can enjoy a bit of summer every time you look at the fresh paint on your toenails!
Keeping hair and skin healthy through the cold, dry months may require a little extra maintenance, but the supple skin and silky hair are well worth it. At Marilyn Monroe Spas, we offer the treatments to keep your skin and hair hydrated, and our beauty experts will keep you gorgeous all winter long. Book now to pamper yourself at one of our state of the art spas!