Cold weather can be stressful on our bodies, especially when we are not prepared.
Our skin gets dry, tight, and flaky—our lips chap and crack. Our hair gets brittle and unmanageable, prone to breakage and split ends.
These common problems can usually be avoided with a little extra care.
The colder it is outside, the more we stay indoors and crank up the heat. Unfortunately, this tends to dry out the air in our homes, drying our skin and lips.
You can make sure your skin stays soft and supple by keeping it hydrated:
- Drink more water
- Moisturize frequently
- Avoid long hot showers
- Avoid harsh soaps and scratchy fabrics
- Use lip balm
- Wear sunscreen outdoors
- Install a humidifier
Most of the skin troubles you may experience in winter are due to the lack of moisture in the air. Staying fully hydrated and moisturized and using a humidifier should solve most of your winter skin problems. These suggestions may even help soothe and prevent sore throats and nosebleeds.
Winter Hair Care
Dry air makes it easier for static electricity to develop, causing frizzy hair and flyaways.
Like the skincare tips, the solutions for dealing with these hair issues revolve around preventing excess dryness and restoring lost moisture.
Use less shampoo and more conditioner.
Avoid hair treatments and chemical processes. Even the heat exposure from blow-drying can be damaging, so it’s probably best to skip that too.
Another common struggle in the winter months is Seasonal Affective Disorder. This seasonal depression can be triggered by the increased isolation and reduced sunlight from the cold and snowy weather.
Often, the best way to look beautiful on the outside is to feel beautiful inside.
Make an effort to maintain your social contacts and schedule extra time for self-care, especially during periods of poor weather. Clean and organize your home. Brighten up your space with fun decorations.
Go outside and soak up the sun any chance you get, even if it’s chilly. The SAD syndrome is closely associated with a lack of adequate light exposure, which causes a disruption in your circadian rhythm and sleep/wake cycle.
While it may be tempting to snack on comfort foods to boost your mood, you might find these unhealthy treats do more harm than good. A nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables will nourish your body with vitamins and nutrients and reduce any digestive discomfort that may contribute to your mood.
Other self-care options such as meditation, exercise, fun hobbies, journaling, and spending time with pets can all help you feel less stressed and anxious.
If you find yourself struggling to take care of yourself, reach out for help. Talk to your family and friends, or seek professional counseling.
Winter can be a time for reflection and renewal, so take the opportunity to work on yourself and your relationships, and you may find yourself feeling more beautiful than ever before.