Face it, winter is brutal for your skin and hair. Between the harsh, cold wind outside and the dry, overheated air inside, it’s hard to look your best all winter long. On top of that, everyone tends to overindulge in unhealthy food and drinks during the winter months. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to enhance your looks while boosting your body’s natural ability to fight off the ill effects of winter.
Here are some tips to look your best—even when the weather does its worst.
Treat your skin with TLC
Gently cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin every day. Find products best suited for your skin type and be consistent about using them. Thoroughly remove makeup before bed and use extra moisturizer overnight so you’ll wake up with a brighter, clearer complexion each morning.
Deep condition your hair
Just as you use a good moisturizer to help replenish and protect your skin every day, find hair conditioners or deep conditioning oils that can prevent your hair from drying out, frizzing or turning brittle. Look for products using natural ingredients, and that are designed for your hair type.
Hydrate well from the inside out
If you want hair and skin that aren’t overly dried out, it’s not enough to just condition or moisturize from the outside. Staying well hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water each day will help your body maintain healthier, more beautiful skin and hair. You’ll also feel better, inside and out. Lastly, avoid drinking too many beverages that are dehydrating, like tea and coffee, soda and alcoholic drinks.
Detox with a Green Smoothie Cleanse and Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse
Both cleanses developed by JJ Smith help to remove toxins from your system, resulting in brighter eyes, lusher hair and glowing, beautiful skin. The Green Smoothie Cleanse is a 10-day detox made up of green leafy veggies, fruit and water. Green smoothies are filling and healthy, aiding the body to lose weight, increase energy, reduce cravings and improve digestion. Raw ingredients are more nutritious and loaded with beneficial vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, anti-inflammatory compounds and phytonutrients.
The Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse involves consuming a six-day meal plan day alongside a daily dose of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can contain strains of good bacteria and enzymes essential for breaking down foods and acetic acid for various health benefits. The cleanse can help rid your body of toxins, jump-start your weight loss and improve gut health and skin health.
Boost your vitamin intake
Many vitamins help keep your skin, hair and nails healthy and beautiful: vitamins A, B, Biotin (B7), C and K, plus fish oil. These vitamins are found in a variety of foods, including fruits and veggies (especially dark leafy greens), fish, nuts and seeds. To be sure you’re getting enough of all these vitamins, consider taking a vitamin supplement.
Protect your skin and hair from the elements
If you spend time outdoors, especially doing winter sports, keep your skin and hair covered. Exposing them to harsh wind, cold temps and winter glare can be damaging. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from UV damage! Snow and ice reflect UV rays, making them even more damaging than being at the beach in the summer.
Taking care of your health and your beauty are really one and the same. Steps like these will make you feel good and look good, too.