Dry Skin and Hair Blues

It’s almost unavoidable. As soon as the temperatures start to drop, seems like the dryness of our hair, skin, and nails increases considerably! But notice I said almost unavoidable. There are ways to combat dry, chapped lips and hands, and hair that’s full of static and not much else.

First, let’s start with chapped lips. There’s actually a very simple combination of two ingredients that you can find in your kitchen – brown sugar and honey. The sugar granules will lightly exfoliate while the honey will help soften and hydrate your lips. Once you’ve gently worked that over your lips, rinse off any excess, pat dry, and then apply a moisturizing lip balm. This can be done a few times a week to keep your lips super soft!

Next, dry hands. We are all washing our hands constantly this time of year to avoid getting sick as well, so make sure you have a good moisturizing hand soap on hand, or keep a moisturizing hand sanitizer on you for those in-between hand cleaning needs. Gold Bond actually has a sanitizing moisturizer (Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanitizing Moisturizer, retailed for $6.94). It’s alcohol free but still has the germ-killing effectiveness we need to ward off illness. When at home, use a hand or body scrub to exfoliate the dead, dry skin, rinse, dry, and apply a creamy moisturizer.

Last but not least, dry hair. For those of you with thicker hair, a moisturizing masque used in the shower once or twice a week will be very helpful to combat fly-aways and dry frizziness. For those with finer hair, a heavy masque will just weigh it down even more. Using a leave-in conditioner after shampooing and towel blotting your hair will keep your hair soft but still manageable.

Alyssa Rixson
Licensed Cosmetologist & Esthetician
Esthetics Instructor
Entourage Institute of Beauty and Esthetics
12004 W. 95th St. Lenexa, KS 66215
(913) 888-2800

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