How to ward off winter dryness

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I’m back friends!  Let me tell you, getting a cold in the middle of winter is no joke. I haven’t been feeling well enough to write until now, but I’m finally back on my feet and able to put my brain to use! So, one of the things I’m constantly combating during the winter is the age old foe so many of us face during the cold months: winter dryness.  It was made even worse for me this season by being sick. I was getting dehydrated faster and didn’t have the energy to keep up with my beauty routines. Meaning now I’m playing damage control. Luckily, theses tips have really gotten me back on track, and I hope they will help you out too! Without further ado, here are my favorite ways to keep my body feeling good despite the lack of humidity in the air.

Turn the heat down

I know it’s cold out.  I know that delicious feeling of stepping inside and having warm air re-enliven your frozen nose and limbs is irresistible.  But the internal heated air is dehydrating you.  Literally, a dehydrator works by blowing hot air over the fruits and vegetables you place inside, so that’s basically the environment you’re living in when you have the heat turned on inside. Try wearing layers or lovely sweaters to keep warm instead (I mean, who needs an excuse to wear a sweater?).


During the dry months, the surface of your skin dries more quickly, meaning dead skin cells can build up faster and become flaky.  I like to gently exfoliate a little bit every day to slough away these flakes.  You don’t have to go to the store and get any fancy tools or products to amp up your skincare arsenal. The easiest way to add exfoliation without drastically changing your routine is to just add a teaspoon or so of salt or sugar to your face cleanser or body wash.

Moisturize your skin

Coconut oil in palmOf course, keeping your skin moisturized is one of the best ways to keep your skin in good shape.  I moisturize my face every morning and evening after cleansing with a mixture of rose hip and jojoba oils. I use about a nickel sized amount for my face, and if there’s any left over, I rub it into my hands and cuticles. My driest problem areas used to be my knuckles and the back of my hand just before my thumb, but once I started doing this, my hands stay soft all winter. For my body, I apply coconut oil every night after stepping out of the shower.  I love smelling tropical, even in winter!

Stay hydrated

You mean to tell me that one of the best ways to not dry out is to drink water?  Yep.  That’s what I’m telling you.  In fact, staying hydrated affects your body in many more ways other than keeping your skin and lips from getting chapped.  It keeps your skin clear, keeps your metabolism at peak performance, prevents bloating from retaining water water, just to name a few benefits.  If I could give just one tip for living a healthier lifestyle, it would be to drink enough water.  When I’m at work, I make sure to keep a glass full at all times on my desk.  I use it as a reason to get up and walk to the water cooler, but you could also keep a re-usable water bottle or pitcher on you desk to keep that H2O within arms reach.  Remember, the average person needs to drink a litre (32 oz) of water every day!

Wooden Hair Brush

Holly brushing hair with wooden brushDry weather can wreak havoc on more than just your skin.  I like to spend special attention to my hair, too.  I started using a wooden hair brush a few years ago, and it has made a huge difference in my hair’s health.  It absorbs and distributes my hair’s natural oils throughout the length much better than a plastic brush.  It also doesn’t turn my hair into a static-y poofball, an effect I get from every plastic brush I have ever tried and that has made me proclaim winter the worst season more times than I can remember.  There’s not much I hate more than static hair.  Luckily, wooden brushes have solved this problem.  You can usually find them at Ulta, or you can pick one up online here.

Holly brushing hair with wooden brush

Hair masks and oils

My last tip for keeping your hair healthy this winter is to add oil to your hair care routine.  I’m all for turning every shower I take into a spa experience, and there’s no better way to pamper yourself than to give your hair and scalp a little extra attention.  There are lots of hair masks and oils you can buy, but they’re usually expensive, and complicated to sort through to find which one will work for you.  My philosophy is simpler is usually better, so I just go for good old coconut oil.  I take about a tablespoon and melt it between my hands.  Then, before stepping into the shower, I massage it into my scalp and the ends of my hair, lightly running any that’s left over down the lengths.  Then I leave it in a bun while I dry brush and complete the rest of my shower routine.  At the end of my shower, I wash the oil out with regular shampoo.  Sometimes it takes two washes to get it all out.  Then I condition my hair, as usual. After I’ve combed my hair, I sometimes run a very small amount of jojoba oil through the mid-length of my hair, depending on how dry my hair has been feeling.  After your hair air dries, it should feel like soft, shiny silk.

Those are my tips for combating winter dryness!  I hope these tips can help you stay comfy and happy for the remainder of the season.  They certainly help me.  Let me know in the comments section below if you’d like me to cover my hair and skincare more thoroughly!



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I'm Holly, a 25 year old living in the PNW. I strive to create beauty in my life by focusing on wellness and self expression, and I hope I can inspire you to do the same.

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