Winter can wreak havoc on your skin from head to toe. The scalp is dry and flaky, cuticles and heels are cracked, and skin is ashy and scaly, rivaling any reptiles. Fortunately, I have some tips and products to help you keep your skin moisturized and healthy during these frigid months.
1. Lower the Temperature of Your Bath or Shower Water
It's cold, and the last thing you want is to feel colder as you are about to shower. However, bathing in water that's too hot can make dry winter skin even dryer. Though it might feel great, the hot water is not great for your skin. It pulls the natural moisturizers from your skin and sets you on the path to Itchy, Scratchy, Ashyville. Keep water lukewarm, approximately 112 degrees Fahrenheit, and limit the length of your shower.
2. Use a Humidifier
A humidifier is a game changer! With humidity in the air, you can use less heat and still feel comfortable. The moisture in the air means the forced heat isn't pulling moisture away from your skin, and your skin can maintain a healthy balance. Using a humidifier at night also helps to keep skin nice and comfy while you sleep. You can also use a humidifier in your bathroom before you shower. That way, you're not trying to warm up with water that is too hot, but instead, you enter a nice balmy bathroom — one that rivals any summer Florida day.
3. Apply Your Moisturizer to Damp Skin
You can't moisturize without water, so applying products like Our ButterCream Body Moisturizer while skin is damp from your shower or bath allows the moisturizer to work better. Be sure to massage moisturizer over dry feet, elbows, knees, AND cuticles.
You can also top that moisturizer with our Rejuvenating Body Elixir to keep skin soft and supple all day long.
The same logic works for the scalp. If you are like me and wear a shower cap, your scalp is moist from being covered. Therefore, the best time to apply our Rejuvenating Scalp Elixir (between washes) is after you shower. It increases absorption and can help to keep the scalp nice and balanced.
Follow these easy steps and stay ash-free this winter -- It's great for your skin!