Ah, winter. A time of snowy days, chilly nights, and we can’t forget hot cocoa! But with winter also comes dry skin and chapped lips.
While adjusting your skin care routine this season is wise—loading up on moisturizers and lotions will keep your skin from having that scaly finish—but why not attempt to outsmart those wintery effect on your body?
1. Aid a dry scalp with a teaspoon of sugar. Ok, you’re probably like why would I ever put sugar in my hair? Go with me for a sec. Adding the sweetener to your shampoo and massaging well can actually help exfloliate the dead skin cells away from your scalp. It will also allow for your conditioner to do a better job nourishing your strands. Who knew?
2. Cut back your shower and tub time. I love a good steamy shower just as much as the next girl, but a scalding hot wash can break down the surface lipids that keep your skin moisturized. Yikes! This winter, instead of taking your sweet old-time in the shower, limit your bathing time to no longer than 20 minutes. Use a kitchen timer to help keep yourself from going over your time limit.
3. Chapstick is not only for your lips. Keeping your pucker at its best is important during the colder months, but using your lip products on other parts of your body can be your best bet. A moisturizing and healing lip balm—one with natural emollients like shea butter or petrolatum, and botanical soothers—can work wonders if dabbed onto your eyebrows, elbows, and eye lids. Moisture, moisture, moisture!