With the long, cold days of winter approaching it is time to start thinking about getting your skin and hair ready for winter. Between the summer sun and chlorine from the pool, skin and hair can take a good beating during the summer, and unless treated properly can become worse from the dry, frigid air of winter. Here are some suggestions on how to prep yourself for winter.
Scalp treatments are like an affordable day at the spa. Many salons, such as Beautylicious, offer affordable treatments that double as stress reducers.Usually lasting one hour, a stylist will brush your entire scalp to bring up any oil, flakes or grime that has built up. The stylist then uses a special treatment that soaks all of the grime up and any excess oil. This is followed by a conditioner that will moisten and relax your scalp and finally the stylist gives you a scalp massage. The massage is relaxing, but it also stimulates blood flow that will help nutrients to reach your scalp and hair.
Between sunburns and bare feet, we often have extra skin build up during the summer. An exfoliate helps remove the extra dead skin and opens up your pores to create a clean, healthy shine. Try using an exfoliate once a week on problem areas, such as the face and soles of the feet.
Lotions are more important than ever in the winter due to the dry air created from both the cold and from running heaters. Start applying lotion early to prevent dry skin from occurring. In the summer our skin darkens and glows naturally from the increased exposure to the sun, but in the winter we become pale. Using a lotion with cocoa butter can brighten the skin and add color to the face.
Hot Oil Manicure
If your hands and nails tend to be dry and brittle during winter, consider having a hot oil manicure to add moisture back to your hands and nails. The manicure starts out just like it sounds; your fingertips are dipped in warm oil. The heat helps your dry skin to soak up the moisture from the oil. After soaking your fingertips, the manicurist massages the oil into your fingers, hands and wrists. After this, your hands are wrapped in a hot, steamy towel- essentially a sauna for your hands. The manicure is completed with a lotion massage that removes excess oil. Be aware that you cannot paint your nails after this kind of manicure, but you can paint them several hours before.