Staying Healthy in the Winter

Winter comes around and everything changes. You become more dehydrated; your hair becomes brittle, your skin is dry and your lips are unbearable! You soon realize that your summer regiment is not cutting it anymore. CHANGES need to be made and NOW.

The cold weather, windy weather, low humidity and extreme temperature changes are the main causes.

Haircare is very important. Ditch the over the counter products and invest in good quality moisturizing shampoo and conditioner!!! Even if you have fine hair, there is a product line that will give you the moisture with leaving you greasy or weighed down. Along with a good shampoo and conditioner, use a Leave In conditioner. Leave In conditioners are often missed in everyones routine, but very important as it will add extra protection from heat before styling. When using styling products, pay attention to the ingredients! One of the biggest drying ingredient is Alcohol. During and after styling to add more moisture use an oil. There are many to choice from depending on your hair type.

SKIN! When the winter hits… my skin aways gets dull and lifeless. What the heck, JackFrost?! Your not being kind. To bring this lifeless skin back, you have to do a few extra things. Hydrate!!!! Drink double your water and watch your intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Increase the moisture in the air by using a cool air humidifier. When using a skin care regiment, keep it simple! Use a gentle cleanser. I personally love Cetaphil, it soothes and cleanses. Then add a Great moisturizer. I prefer using oils, Coconut oil is my favorite. Not only does it add moisture to my skin but it’s also a antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Exfoliant and Mask once to three times a week. This is key. By removing dead skin and adding moisture, this will give you that GLOW back. And add a Retin~A product, its the best wrinkle fighting product.

Our lips dry out ten times faster than the rest of our skin, did you know that? It’s seriously an up hill battle when protecting our lips. Lips are a special type of skin that is thin and delicate… so it does require a little extra TLC. Use a lip balm that is ointment based, this will lock in the moisture and heal the skin. Don’t lick your lips!!! This dries them out more. And avoid lip balms containing camphor, eucalyptus and menthol. One of the biggest tends Im seeing is lips scrubs. They are amazing! Scrub those lips then add your moisture. This will leave your lips looking Luscious.

Winter does not need to bring you down, YOU GOT THIS!

~Melissa Marie