How Dry I Am!! And You Soon Will Be!
Thursday, December 1, 2016
By: David A. Mason
Although Winter isn't officially here and we have been blessed with some unusually warm weather lately,Saturday marked the official start of meteorological winter. I guess that makes it close enough for our purpose today. "DRY HAIR AND SKIN", ah yes folks, 'tis the season. Already a couple of months have passed since we put our Summer wardrobe to rest for the season, to be replaced by heavier clothes, sweaters and winter coats and Summer seems like a pleasant dream that we once had. Soon the cold winds of Winter shall begin to howl, chilling us to our bones and sucking the moisture out of our poor, bundled up bodies until we look and feel like mummies ready for our burial rites. Add to this that everytime you get in your car you'll be cranking up the heat for a more pleasant journey to... well, where ever you happen ton be going, and when you get home, you'll want to turn up the furnace enough to roast small game birds.
Bleak? Forgive me, I get a little dramatic sometimes. It doesn't have to be that bad, with a little forethought and preparation your skin can stay soft, subtle and smooth all season long and your hair can look fantastic. Let's start with your hair, since that is our area of expertise. When making the appointment for your next visit to the salon, make sure to schedule time for a moisturizing treatment. There are a lot of great products out there that will make a huge difference in the way your hair looks, feels and responds so make sure you're taking advantage of them. Your hair will thank you. Also, listen to your stylist when they reccomend products for you to use at home. They know your hair and they know their products and wich ones are best suited for your needs. Salon products are more expensive but they are better for your hair and worth the investment.
Make sure you are drinking enough water. It's easy enough to do when you're sweating it out at the gym or outdoors during warmer weather but Winter's cold air will dry you out as quickly as the Summer sun will and you won't be aware of it as easily. Consider a humidifier at home. Adding some moisture to the air during the Winter will not only make your hair and skin look better, it will make you feel better as well.
Ask your stylist about covering up your Summer hi-lights for the season or at least softening them with a color glaze. The only time coloring damages your hair is when it is being lightened. When you go darker with the color, you are adding substance to the hair making it look shinier and healthier. Besides, your skin tones change from season to season. Your beautiful, sun kissed hi-lights might make you look washed out at this time of year so it may be time to retire them until late Spring or early Summer.
Apply a good moisturizer to your skin before your make-up application. It will hydrate your skin and make your make-up go on more smoothly for a more polished, finished look. There are some very good night time products that will hydrate and protect your skin while you sleep, so consider these the next time you're shopping at the cosmetic counter. Don't forget about your hands! Moisturize morning, night and after each time you wash your hands.
I know, this is all common knowledge that we are all aware of but sometimes we need a little reminder to keep us on the right road to success. I hope that todays message has been helpfull to you and as always, we appreciate your questions and comments.