A cold winter does not wear well on hair and skin. Whether you’re off to work on chilly city streets or schussing down the ski slopes, you will need to take preventative measures to ensure your hair and skin don’t wreak the wrath of winter weather. Even dry heat in your home or workplace can deplete and dull your skin and strands. If it’s dry indoor heat, hair becomes brittle. If it’s cold, wet, and windy, skin turns raw and red. Exposure to harsh winter conditions, indoors and out, causes damage that can be lasting. So, the core winter message here for hair and skin – think prevention and protection rather than just correction- and for that, think oil – nutritious, organic oil.
Hair can be the first to show signs of winter wear. It becomes static from wearing hats and also from not wearing hats, so pretty much either way, you will be dealing with fly-aways. Using a fine, organic hair oil for taming wiry, unruly locks is a great idea. But hats and cold also restrict circulation causing dry scalp and even hair loss, so taking the oil application a little deeper and massaging into roots and scalp before you head out is a sure step toward warding off damage. Remember, not all hair oils have to be washed out, so don’t be afraid to apply and let it rest on scalp and hair, even overnight, to provide a protective coating and barrier to breakage.
Once you’ve conditioned your hair and scalp, focus on the skin. We know that beeswax-based products provide a protective coating to tissue, but oils are needed to bump up the moisture levels to provide protection. Applying a fine, organic facial oil prior to your cream or lotion moisturizer ensures a fortifying, deep hydration, protecting against cold weather moisture loss. This may sound like overkill, but if you are heading into a blistering wind or into an indoor dry heat environment, you need it.
Cold air chills to the core, so think prevention when bracing yourself for winter’s impact. Using beautiful, nourishing, organic oils not only ensures minimal winter damage to hair and skin, it helps keep the fires of health glowing all winter long!