February is the month for love. It’s also when much of the country is in the thick of winter and our skin and hair are taking a beating from frigid weather and drying indoor heat.
Since there’s nothing romantic about cracked lips or static-y hair, we’re giving you 4 all-natural remedies to beat winter dryness.
Dial down the shower
There’s something comforting about slipping into a steaming shower when the temperature drops below freezing, but dermatologists recommend dialing back the hot water and keeping your shower to 10 minutes or less to fend off dry skin. Hot, prolonged showers can strip your skin of natural oils, making it more prone to dryness.
Invest in a humidifier
Dry, indoor heat is a necessity for winter months, but it sure won’t lead to dewy, glowing skin. The moisture from humidity that gives us a little sheen in the summer months can be achieved in the winter by adding a bit of humidity back into your homestead. There are many types of humidifiers from whole home solutions to single room, plug-in steamers. With humidifier units, just be sure to clean the humidifier regularly. The experts at Mayo Clinic suggest cleaning humidifiers frequently to fend off mold and germs.
Discover jojoba oil
Jojoba is a plant native to California and Mexico with seeds that produce oil. Oil from the jojoba shrub is used in many cosmetic products due to its hydrating properties. Pure jojoba oil can be used as an all-natural moisturizer for your face, lips and body. Jojoba oil can be purchased online or at local wellness stores.
Sensing a theme? All natural oils are a great way to inject moisture into your hair and skin naturally. Coconut oil is officially mainstream for cooking and skin and hair care. Rub a small amount of coconut oil between your hands and smooth it over your hair to tame fly aways caused by dry heat. A little goes a long way, so stick with a pea-sized amount of coconut oil to start. Coconut oil will make your hair smooth and shiny, plus the smell of coconut will remind you that summer is just around the corner.
If you have patches of dry, scaly skin or dryness that just won’t go away even after trying natural remedies, pick up the phone and schedule time with your dermatologist to discuss.
All natural remedies can be a great way to beat winter dryness, but in some cases, a trip to your dermatologist might be in order.