Winter is approaching though it feels like it took forever to get here. It was only two weeks ago that it was 70+ degrees here in Arkansas, now my daughter has on boots everyday and I've started the hunt for missing trouser socks for myself (they always disappear 😞). I can tell when the season change because I only wear socks when is 40 degrees and colder. 👌🏾This year I've Seriously, decided that I will only buy plain socks. So when they loose their mates it won't matter because I will have others in that same style and color. #winning I know that was not a moisture tip but it's a sock survival tip...thanks for listening!
Now back to the matter at hand, moisture. I always get questions about dry hair or skin. Sometimes it's not dry hair just the regimen. Most times, with dry skin its lack of water and the products you use; unless you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or dryness caused by prescription meds. I've also seen the "I don't use lotion or butters but I'm still ashy and I don't know why". While I'm not hear to diagnosis you....I can offer some assistance based on my experience as a eczema and psoriasis suffer and as a Mom. Seriously speaking, there's no need to suffer for dry, ashy skin this season.
With winter weathers arrival it's time to make a moisture plan. It's really important to your hair and skin that you pamper it especially during the first few weeks of a new season. There's no need for your hair or skin to suffer just because the seasons are changing. We've complied some simple tips you can incorporate into your self care regimen. Give your hair hydration that will help maintain, revive and restore your curls, coils, kinks and waves . Regardless of your style, be sure to moisturize hair to avoid excess shedding, breakage, fairy knots and split ends. Your skin is your biggest organ. By properly moisturizing it you are improving how it functions and protects everything inside.
For me, I tend to manipulate my hair more in the cooler months. I'm twisting it to protect my ends, having it braided to rest my arms, coloring because I want a change or pulling it up and down for holiday styles. During this time of year, I focus on moisture retention and sealants. Here are some extra things that help me remain moisturized from head to toe:
- Deep condition twice monthly this extra TLC can help combat excessive shedding
- After a protective style, I may do a hot oil treatment. I used a medicinal oil with tea tree, peppermint and a plastic cap. It will help restore scalps Ph balance, stimulate follicles and smooth scalp irritations.
- I massage scalp weekly or as needed with natural oils while protective styling to prevent dryness and stimulate hair follicles. A few drops of oil works wonders
- My hair accessories are multipurpose. My hats protect hair from wind and cold, while also accentuating for coat, gloves or etc. scarves are a quick way to protect your hair while being outside and also adding colorful dimension to your winter wardrobe.
- Multipurpose oils are a wonderful option to protect your hair and skin from the elements. As a finisher, try using your favorite oil blend. It will elevate static cling, unnecessary fizzing and provide awesome shimmer for your strands.
- Replace your lotion or add some oil to your lotion bottle for maximum coverage.
- Use natural soaps! Avoid soaps that include harsh chemicals that you can not pronounce. Commercial soaps can be very drying to skin and upset your Ph in the more delicate areas.
- The last product on your skin before you get dressed should be an oil or butter. This simple step could help you avoid chaffing, dry patches and ashyness.
- Massages are great way to relax and moisturize the skin. Have your favorite oil blend with you at your next appointment or by your bed for your significant other.
- Replace baby oil and Vaseline with a natural oil for the kiddos. These products can clog your pores and prodide shine but have no moisturing properties. After their shower or bath rub them down with your choice of oil or butter for better sleep.
Simply put, update your product regimen to reflect the things your hair and body may need to thrive as the seasons change. If you need help, not sure of what oils to try or you're really not into do it yourself... Our line of Wonder products can give you everything you need to stimulate growth, while retaining length and moisturized skin during these cold winter months. Check out FCA Favs for some family friendly recommendations. I sure hope some of these tips will be beneficial to you and your family.
Here's to a ashy free, well moisturized and blessed holiday season!