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Kristin Booker • December 10, 2012

Beauty Advice (+ Giveaway): How To Handle Dry Skin and Hair in Arctic Temperatures?

You know how much I love getting reader questions. Like, I LOVE IT. This question comes all the way from Alaska (did you know that I have readers in Alaska? I didn’t but I’m all sorts of excited about it):

Feel free to laugh, but since I live in Alaska I have two big worries. Dry flake skin and fly away/hat hair. Makes holiday beauty stressful. Any help, guru of beauty? – Melanie L., Fairbanks, AL

You would THINK surrounded by all that moisture (snow, snow, snow) that it might not be so dry, but frozen, arctic areas are just as severe in dryness as the desert when it comes to skin and hair. All that wind and freezing air combined with blasting indoor heat can suck the moisture right out of your face and hair. Additionally, hat hair can be the most maddening thing ever.

Let’s deal with the dry skin first. Here are some quick things you can do to help with dry skin:

  • Lower the temperature on your water. Scalding hot baths and showers can feel pretty good when you’ve come in sweet-heavens-it’s-so-cold-outside temps, but the hot water literally sucks the moisture right out of your skin. Lower bathing temps to warm and you’ll see a difference.
  • Add a humidifier to your house – Especially your bedroom. It will help tremendously when it comes to itchy, dry skin and your face will be dewy and oh-so-hydrated in the AM. Your itchy skin and allergies might also benefit.
  • Use creamy cleansers that protect your moisture barrier – Every single product you use should add moisture back, so look for “moisturizing” on every single label you buy. I’d recommend Simple Skincare Moisturizing Facial Wash (full disclosure: I’m a Brand Ambassador, but I LOVE this face wash and I use it DAILY) that can help put moisture BACK while it gently cleans. I’d also recommend a body wash that can add moisture back to the body. Suave Naturals Creamy Milk & Honey Splash Moisturizing Body Wash has milk proteins in it to help replace lost moisture and soften skin. Follow it immediately with Suave Cocoa Butter with Shea Body Lotion, which has really RICH moisturizers that will lock in moisture and just keep delivering. Just apply it to wet skin and wrap up in a bathrobe to let your skin air dry. You’ll be amazed at the turnaround in about a week.
  • Go for thick moisturizers – You’ll need a moisturizer that can help nourish skin as well as lock in moisture when you leave the house. I’d advise using Simple Skincare Vital Vitamin Day Cream with SPF 15 (you should NEVER leave the house without some sun protection) and the Vital Vitamin Night Cream before you go to bed every night.
  • Watch your diet – Flour and white sugar are some of the most drying substances on Earth, so while mac and cheese and cupcakes are awesome in theory, limit your intake and it might make a difference in your dry skin. This also go for excess alcohol. All things in moderation.
  • Drink tons of water – This should go without saying, but you should actually increase your intake of water since the arctic winds take so much moisture out of you. Aim for 8 glasses a day at minimum, 10-12 if you’re moving around.

Hat hair

If you have flyways, carry dryer sheets with you and rub them on your hair to reduce static when you take off your hat. If the issue is dry, limp hair, try hitting the roots with a product like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo in the  bathroom at your destination, then turn the nozzle of the hand dryer so it’s facing up toward your face and blast your hair from underneath 1-3 times. That should lift the hair right back where it’s supposed to go. You can also always wear a scarf over your hair under your hat, but sometimes that’s just too much work.

And because I’m glad you asked this question, I’m going to send you all the products I just mentioned in this post. Enjoy them and give me some feedback on how they work out!

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