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Ditch the Winter Itch

Tips for Treating Dry Skin & Hair

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Soothing Your Dry Hair and Scalp
The same environmental factors that can cause dry skin can also dry out your hair.
  • Don't shampoo every day. If your hair is dull and brittle, shampoo it a little less often, such as every other day, to allow the natural oils to coat each strand between washings. Simply rinse your hair with water on the days you don’t shampoo. Brushing your hair will also stimulate the scalp and help distribute the oil down to the ends.
     
  • Use a shampoo with humectants. When you do need to wash your hair, use a shampoo that contains humectants, which attract moisture from the air. Look for panthenol or glycerin on the ingredients list.
     
  • Avoid heat styling. Styling your hair with blow dryers, curling irons or flat irons is especially drying, so avoid heat-styling as much as possible to minimize dryness and damage. Try the "cool" air setting on your hair dryer too, and allow your hair to air-dry for as long as possible to minimize the amount of time you have to use your hair dryer.
     
  • Consider switching shampoos. A dry scalp (and the itching and flakes that go along with it) can sometimes be caused by harsh shampoos. Try switching to a plant-based, ph-balanced shampoo that doesn’t contain sodium laurel sulphate, a harsh cleanser that strips away your hair’s natural oils.
     
  • Apply oil. You can also treat dryness by applying moisturizing oil directly to your hair. Flaxseed and safflower oils are both rich in essential fatty acids and won’t make your hair greasy when used in small amounts. Place a drop or two of oil in your palms and rub your hands together. Squeeze the ends of your hair to apply a light layer of oil and work up towards your scalp. Since the amount of oil is so small, you don’t need to rinse it out. Do this as often as needed—both of these oils are also natural humectants that will attract and retain moisture.
You don’t have to suffer through the long winter with dry skin or brittle hair. With only a few minor changes to your beauty routine you can have soft, comfortable skin all season long!
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