Winter Skin Care
The face is the part of the body that is most exposed to its environment and therefore has to deal directly with weather changes. It therefore deserves some extra care...
Especially in winter, the use of a serum can make a big difference and provide the much needed extra nutrition and hydration to your skin. Always use it before applying your day or nightcream.
Never skip your face cream ! Most people prefer to use a richer cream in winter than in summer. Experiment with this. In any case, it is good to alternate between creams so your skin does not get lazy. Discover here which H&B face cream best suits your skin type. Also in winter it is important to use a day cream with an SPF-20. Unfortunately even the smallest sunray can damage your skin !
It is extra important in winter to regularly treat your skin with a face mask, because this provides it with extra nutrition and hydration. Before applying the mask, cleanse your skin with a mild cleanser, e.g. the Soapless Face Wash with Sea-buckthorn Oil or the Facial Foam. Both products offer a gentle but thorough cleaning and remove make-up residues, dead skin cells and dirt that has accumulated during the day. Then apply a thick layer of facial mask and follow the instructions of the mask of your choice. If you have a combined skin, you can apply several masks at the same time at the different areas of your face ('Multi-masking') for optimal care. Next, pat your face with the Face Toner to close the pores and restore the PH value.
Never wash your face with hot water, even when it's cold outside. The blood vessels in the face contract when they come into contact with heat, often resulting in red spots on the skin.
How can your skin be damaged by the winter cold when it is protected by warm clothing ? The many layers of clothing make it harder for your skin to breath which results in drier skin. To prevent this, it is important to regularly moisturize your skin with a rich Body Cream or Body Butter. Don't shower too long or too hot, even though this is very tempting ; it easily dries out the skin. You can remove dead skin cells by using a Body Peeling (1-2 times a week).
Do not forget to care for your hands either! In winter, many people suffer from chapped skin on the hands. Regularly use a Hands & Nails cream and wash them mildly ...
Take a regular foot bath with Dead Sea salt. Feet are your 'third kidney'. The feet secrete a lot of toxins and waste products through the soles of the feet. By means of a foot bath with Dead Sea salt you stimulate the detoxification of your body. After your foot bath (or while showering), remove excess calluses from the feet with a pumic stone and regularly (preferably daily) use a moisturizing Foot Cream to keep your feet in a good condition and prevent gaps and calluses.
In winter your hair suffers from the contrast between the cold outside and the warm, dry air inside. Heating reduces the relative humidity in the house, which makes your hair dry out more easily. The hair contains less sebum and fluid and looks fragile and lifeless. The symptoms of dry hair are split ends, static hair that looks dull and feels rough. Hairs break off easily and quickly form knots. Dry hair is very fragile.
Washing your hair
Do not wash your hair with hot water; this makes it extra vulnerable. Lukewarm water is better. Use a Shampoo and Conditioner adapted for dry and damaged hair. Massage the shampoo with the fingertips into the hair and try to avoid rubbing. Be careful with long nails, they can damage your hair and scalp. Use the shampoo twice: the first time you remove dirt, dust and grease from your hair. During the second wash, the special ingredients work most effectively.
Drying your hair
Dab wet hair gently, because it breaks very quickly. Then wrap a towel around your head to absorb the excess moisture. Only when your hair is dry, you can comb it carefully. Never brush wet hair ! Be careful with the combing of knots. Proceed gently to prevent hair from breaking. Dry your hair preferably in open air. If you still want to use a hair dryer, set it to the lowest position and do not hold it too close to the scalp. A Hair Serum or Cream provides extra protection when blow drying and ensures your hair to be easier modelled.
Treat your hair regularly with a Hair Mask. Limit the frequent wearing of hats; they make your hair static. Rub your hair regularly with your hands to stimulate sebum production. In addition, the skin of the hands contains sebaceous glands that secrete oils.
In winter, many people suffer from static hair. The cause is friction: negatively charged particles exert attraction on positively charged particles. It occurs most often when brushing or combing dry hair. What can you do about this ? Always use a hair conditioner after washing your hair. This works anti-static. Use a comb made of horn or bone. Hair consists largely of keratin or horn. Equal poles repel each other.
Furthermore ... In winter, pay extra attention to your diet. You are what you eat. Drink plenty of water and make sure that you take regular exercise, preferably in the open air !