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It is that time of year again: temperatures drop, snow falls and your skin feels like it’s made of velcro.
That isn’t exactly the “winter wonderland” that comes to mind when you envision frollicking in the snow.
But the truth is, that colder weather means less moisture in the air which can really affect your skin and hair. The real problem? It’s a combination of things though, with the pretty flurries of snow winter also brings colder, drier air which causes dehydration.
Coupled with harsh winds and the inevitable uptick in luxurious showers, you have a recipe for itchy, dry, and irritated skin.
Not to mention that heavy winter clothes are often made of really irritating material such as wool and polyester because they are warm and notoriously fast-drying. The secret to surviving the winter is actually more of adopting a routine and sticking to it.
It starts in the shower:
Remember that uptick in luxurious showers we mentioned earlier? Well, that could be contributing to dry, red and itchy skin.
Bathing in super-hot water will dehydrate your skin (and body), so turn the dial down just a little bit and invest in a hydrating cleanser for your face and a hydrating soap or bodywash for the rest of you.
Before you can deal with the redness and itchiness, you have to address the root cause: dryness.
While You’re Getting Ready:
After using a hydrating cleanser the best thing to do is replenish even more of your lost moisture by using a hydrating toner.
Toners are similar to cleansers because they lift dirt, and oil from the skin; but they’re different because toners help to return the pH balance of your skin to normal levels.
The pH levels in your skin are affected by products that you use and food that you eat, and just about everything else in the world too; when they’re unbalanced the results include dryness, itchiness, redness, swelling, acne, rashes , etc… you name it.
The last thing you can do before applying any makeup is use a… you guessed it, hydrating moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin (more so than the usual winter irritation) then invest in brands with hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic as they are less likely to cause irritation and clogged pores.
These few small measures may just be the difference between a nice night snuggled in front the fire and an evening feeling like you’re on fire.
Don’t forget to actually stay hydrated by drinking enough water everyday. If skin irritation is all over, you may also consider changing other things like laundry detergent and avoiding materials like polyester and wool.
Get ready for winter the right way and book a spa appointment at Paul Mitchell the School Normal now!
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