Contrary to what your grandmother might have told you, you cannot get sick from cold or damp weather. The climate has no bearing on how your body responds to infections and invasive viruses. While this might be true for the likelihood of you catching a cold, higher dampness, humidity and overall colder temperatures can definitely have a negative impact on your appearance. Here’s what to do to protect your skin and hair in damp, wet weather.
Protect Your Hair from the Rain
For those of us in the northern hemisphere of the earth, autumn and winter begin around September and go until March. Although not every region has the same amount of wet weather, the impact of precipitation is even more intense when the temperature dips. Here are a few things you can do for your hair in these wet, colder months.
Use Dry Shampoo
If your hair gets wet and soppy, a good run-through of dry shampoo and both reduce the level of moisture and give it a little bit of that lost luster. This tip works for anyone with hair, and it doesn’t have to be long to get the benefits of this technique.
Stop the Frizz
Contrary to what you might expect, frizzy hair we associate with fall and winter is caused by dryness, which is also a major concern, thanks to our furnace and other heating technology that often dries the air and, consequently, our hair. One way to fight this frizz is to keep the hair well-nourished and moisturized with specifically formulated shampoos, conditioners, and other hair treatments.
Find the Balance
That doesn’t mean the wet weather of autumn and winter is good for our hair because it definitely isn’t. Wet weather can deform hair by over-moisturizing, putting so much water into the strand that it changes shape and goes where we don’t want it to. In cases like this, over-moisturizing is the last thing you want to do, and a balanced approach is best.
Skincare in Autumn
Your hair might be the focus of your self-care efforts during these colder seasons when you spend so much of it wearing more clothes, you should never ignore the demands of your body’s largest organ: your skin. Taking care of your skin in the autumn and winter is also all about finding the right balance. No matter what kind of skin you have, here are some basic tips you can use:
- Exfoliation is Your Friend
- When we exfoliate our skin, we’re scrubbing off the dead skin cells and increasing blood circulation, which is great for our skin’s overall health and appearance. There are many soaps and body washes that will provide the exfoliation you need.
- Hydration is Important
- You need to make sure your skin is moist, as it can take a real beating going from cold temperatures outside to warm temperatures inside. If it’s dry out, you need to watch that your skin doesn’t get too flaky. If you’re stuck in the snow or rain, your skin can get too moist, and oils can build up. Not only do you need to make sure your skin is moist if it needs it, but you need to keep your body hydrated, too. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
- It’s Never Not the Season for Sunscreen
- Even though it doesn’t seem to be necessary, it definitely always is, not only to keep your skin looking its youthful best but to avoid skin cancer and premature wrinkling. Just because you can’t see the sun isn’t beating down on your body doesn’t mean it’s not a danger.