Written by Tenley Haraldson. Reviewed by Cleaning Expert Sean Busch.
Cold temperatures + bracing wind + dry air = the perfect recipe for dry skin and brittle hair.
Winter self-care doesn't have to be complicated: These natural tips for healthy skin and hair will help you navigate the coldest months of the year.
How to Prevent Dry Skin in Winter – Naturally
A wind chapped face, flaking nose, and itchiness: We all know the dreaded signs of winter. Try these 8 tips to avoid dry skin in winter.
1. Keep Yourself Covered
From the great outdoors to office commutes, wearing multiple layers is crucial for protecting skin against the elements.
2. Use Sunscreen
Winter sunburn can really cause dry, wind chapped faces. Before heading out the door, apply a moisturizing mineral sunscreen – something that should already be part of your daily routine!
3. Avoid Hot Showers
After spending time in frigid temps, the idea of a hot shower probably sounds inviting. However, hot showers can quickly strip the body’s natural oils from the skin’s outermost layer (also known as transepidermal water loss).
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During winter months, turn the tap down for a healthier shower routine.
4. Consider a Moisturizing Bath
For super-dry skin, one of our favorite winter dry skin remedies is a warm bath (not hot). Dermatologists often recommend the anti-inflammatory properties of colloidal oatmeal or a spoonful of coconut oil in bathwater.
5. Choose a pH-Balanced Body Wash
Healthy skin has an ideal pH level of 5.4- 5.9 – and your skin products should reflect that. We're happy to announce that Puracy Natural Body Wash lands precisely at 5.5 on the pH scale.
Unfortunately, most soaps and body washes have high pH ranges (upwards of 9 or 10). And your skin might be extra irritated if you're using products with perfumes, sulfates, and other harsh ingredients.
6. Moisturize Immediately After Baths & Showers
Healthy skin is hydrated skin. After patting yourself dry, apply a natural moisturizer within the first 3 minutes of stepping out of the shower or bath.
With its 99.3% natural formula, our hypoallergenic Daily Face & Body Lotion infuses skin with rich, plant-based ingredients. No fragrances, silicones, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, or nut-based ingredients: It's the ideal candidate for all-over moisture.
7. Buy a Humidifier
When heating systems are turned on, the air in your home expands and loses moisture content. If moisture isn’t added back into the air, you’re more likely to wake up with parched skin. The quickest fix? Run a humidifier with distilled water while you sleep.
There are, however, a few ways to increase the humidity in your home without a humidifier:
- After stepping out of a bath, allow the water to cool and evaporate before draining.
- Leave your bathroom door open when you take a shower.
- Instead of using a tumble dryer, hang up damp clothes and bedsheets.
- Place bowls of water next to your heat source(s).
- Run an essential oil diffuser with pure, distilled water.
- Let a full kettle or saucepan of water boil.
8. Drink More Water
We all know that dehydration causes dry skin and hair, but we tend to drink less water during colder months. You don't need to guzzle pitchers of freezing water: Up your daily intake by consuming tea and mugs of warm water.
How to Keep Hands Healthy in Winter
Hands tend to take the brunt of cold weather. Luckily, there are easy tips to avoid wind chapped hands in winter.
1. Wear Gloves Outside
Whether you’re shoveling, ice skating, or taking the dog for a walk, wear thick gloves or mittens whenever you’re outside.
2. Use Better Dish Soap
If you cook and clean regularly, you already know that hot water can do a lot of damage. Puracy Natural Dish Soap isn’t just effective on grime and grease: We've formulated this 99.96% natural product to be extra nourishing for skin. No gloves necessary!
3. Choose a Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
Most hand sanitizers are loaded with harsh ingredients that cause dry, cracked skin. That's terrible for many reasons. We developed a moisturizing hand sanitizer that could be used over 50 times per day. It still kills 99.9% of germs, but it does so without stickiness, overpowering fragrance, and uncomfortable dryness.
4. Keep a Great Lotion "On-Hand"
Our fragrance-free Face & Body Lotion replenishes lost moisture, softens skin, and leaves zero residue behind. Consider stashing containers around the house (like in bedside tables and handbags) whenever you need a little pick-me-up.
How to Keep Hair Healthy in Winter
Most of us deal with frizz in colder months – but it's definitely possible to stop excess loss and static with these winter hair care home remedies.
1. Wash Your Hair Less Often
Shampooing tends to strip the scalp and follicles of necessary moisture, and most dermatologists agree that you probably don't need to do it every day. Consider washing your hair less frequently during the winter months.
FYI: Our Natural Shampoo & Conditioner were developed to increase the length of time between washes – up to 3 days!
2. Choose Sulfate-Free Shampoo & Conditioner
Additives like sulfates are known to remove the hair’s protective sebum and can also cause scalp irritation. We painstakingly formulated our pH-balanced hair care products to include plant-based ingredients that leave your scalp nourished and cleansed, never stripped.
3. Use Hair Masks
For the ultimate in deep-conditioning, try applying a natural hair mask before bedtime. During the day, a drop or two of sustainably-sourced argan oil is great for smoothing flyaways (without weighing hair down).
Pro Tip: Don't have a hair mask? Consider using your natural conditioner and covering with your preferred hair cover.
4. Get a Regular Haircut
Think of split ends like a piece of yarn: When they start "unraveling", they move up the hair shaft and cause visible damage. If your hair is trimmed every month or two, you'll remove broken hair and promote healthier growth.
5. Avoid Heat Styling Tools Whenever Possible
When it's freezing outside, a blow dryer is obviously an important tool to use. But if you’re struggling with breakage and split ends, towel-dry your locks as much as possible before breaking heat styling tools out.
6. Wear Hats
If it's subzero and you've got dirty hair, hats are fashionable and functional this time of year. Just be sure to regularly wash your hats to reduce oil buildup!
7. Use a Dry Shampoo
A dry shampoo extends the life of your 'do, keeps you from "over washing", and doesn't require heat styling tools during the coldest months of the year. And the Puracy Dry Shampoo formula uses rice starch and charcoal to absorb oil while providing grit and texture – no limp strands here!
Puracy: The Easiest Way to Keep Hair & Skin Healthy
Whatever the season, a little TLC goes a long way. And when you choose our pH-balanced products, you've got everything you need to naturally replenish hydration (from head to toe).