As women over 50 we already have to take extra care of our hair and skin, but winter conditions can make it even more of a struggle to maintain healthy hair and skin. The weather turns cold and dry and makes it a challenge to retain moisture. So what should we be paying attention to and what can we do to keep hair and skin healthy throughout the season?
Moisturize moisturize moisturize
Apply a moisturizer twice a day at minimum to keep from drying out. oil -based products may retain more moisture. Your skin already produces less oil as you age so we older women are hit with a double whammy when it’s dry in the winter. I love La Mer products ( you can buy their Crème de la Mer here for $85 at Bloomingdale’s), but there are other great brands out there to try. Here are some best sellers:
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream- Buy it here: $27.50 at Bloomingdale’s
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream – Buy it here: $60 at Dermastore
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration – Buy it here: $30 at Sephora
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter – Buy it here: $40 at Sephora
You still need sunscreen
It doesn’t even seem fair darlings that the sun in the winter is just as damaging as the sun in the summer! It isn’t even warm out! But still just because you aren’t under a hot sun doesn’t mean you don’t need to protect yourself from winter rays.
Watch your hands
The skin on your hands is thinner than other parts of your body and has less oil glands causing them to dry out faster.
KOPARI Coconut Balm – Buy it here: $32 at QVC
L’Occitane Hand Creams Buy it here: $12 – $29 at Sephora
Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver Buy it here: $48 at Nordstrom
Avoid alcohol( in your products)
Avoid alcohol use on your skin and instead use cleansing creams or mild foaming cleansers. Use a hydrating mask instead of a clay-based mask. Avoid alcohol in hair products as well, do whatever you can to maintain natural oils in your hair. If you can do this without looking greasy don’t shampoo as much.
Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream – Buy it here: $41 at Barney’s New York
Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk – Buy it here: $28 at Nordstrom
JART+Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask – Buy it here: $7.50 at Sephora
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – Buy it here: $19 at Ulta
Drinking water is good but it doesn’t help your skin
Drinking more water won’t rehydrate your skin. If you’ve heard it before it’s just a myth. Drinking more water can help improve your overall health though so of course continue to drink water!
Your environment matters
It’s so cozy by the fireplace, but that fireplace is also reducing humidity in your room. So don’t get too close, but also invest in a humidifier to ensure your environment isn’t drying you out too much. Also those hot showers seem nice in the winter, but those will also dry you out. Take only warm showers, pat dry, and moisturize immediately!!!
As the temperature continues to drop the air will get dryer so remember these tips and take care of yourself, darlings! If you have any products that really work for you please share in the comments!
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