You have survived another winter of dry air, smog, and rapidly changing temperatures – depending on where you live, you might also have experienced excessive moisture and brisk winds on your skin or hair constantly crammed and hidden underneath hats. It might have been tough on you. And, you can bet it was tough on your skin and hair too.
We have put together a short guide for hair care, skincare, and mental health and rejuvenation to get you ready for the springtime. No need to set foot in a spa or a salon – you can implement all these tips in the comfort of your own home.
A Routine That Will Make You Look and Feel Like Spring
Spring is the perfect time to start fresh and treat yourself to some new hair care products and a hairstyle that will make you feel like the seasons are changing. One of the most important things to consider is what type of hair you have. If your hair is fine, it will need moisturizing. If it is curly, it will need taming. If it is dry, greasy, or damaged, you will want to add some extra care to your routine. In this article, we will cover a hair care routine for all different types of hair.
A Routine for Your Hair
Dry hair, static, and frizz is a common issue in the winter season. Typically, in the winter, we use hair products that work to smooth and moisturize our hair. However, these products could be stripping your hair of its natural oils and preventing your hair from reaching its full potential. If this is something you have experienced, we recommend that you stop using your hair products for a few weeks.
Instead, you can make a mixture of coconut oil and grape seed oil, which acts as an excellent conditioner while softening the hair and helping with frizz. To hydrate your hair, you can also rub almond oil on your scalp and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. After this time period, you can wash your hair as usual.
To prevent static and frizz, you can make a mixture of coconut oil and water, which can be applied to the ends of your hair. We also recommend that you avoid washing your hair every day and keep your hair loose so that it doesn’t get tangled in the wind.
Keep your hair healthy and looking good by getting it trimmed frequently. You’ll want to remove damaged or split ends whenever they appear before they damage more of your hair. If you don’t have the budget for frequent trips to the hair salon, consider trimming your hair yourself. Or, ask a friend to help. Just make sure you have a pair of professional hairdressing scissors on hand.
A Routine for Your Skin
Winter weather can leave your skin feeling dry and sensitive. It is important to use a moisturizer to keep your skin feeling fresh and soft. Though it may be tempting to reach for heavily fragranced moisturizers that will mask odours, we strongly recommend that you avoid these products as they will likely clog pores and cause breakouts or rashes.
We suggest, instead, that you make a mixture of olive oil, wild rose oil (for sensitive or acne-prone skin), and coconut oil. All of these oils have anti-inflammatory properties that will help to soothe a dry patch of skin. Simply apply the mixture to your face for 20 minutes before washing off with warm water. This should leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.
The Benefits of Self-Pampering
Self-care is important to your health and wellness because it allows you to relax and relieve stress. Try these self-care ideas and feel better both inside and out:- Take a bath or shower in relaxing scented water- Light a candle – Spend time in nature- Read a book – Listen to music- Write in a journal about what you’re feeling or write a letter to someone who has been on your mind – Do something for someone else without expecting anything in return- Buy yourself flowers (or pick some for yourself)- Get a massage or go to a spa- Drink a herbal tea or eat your favourite healthy food
Self-care sleeping tips
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your health – mental and physical. It’s also good for your skin. It’s not called ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing. No list of spring beauty tips is complete without some attention to good sleep practices.
1. Get external lights out of your bedroom. Studies have shown that exposure to light can decrease melatonin levels in the body, increasing stress hormone production and preventing you from sleeping.
2. Make your room as dark as possible. Blackout blinds are ideal. However, in their absence, you can try covering windows with thick bed sheets or towels.
3. Use a fan or white noise to drown out noises and help you sleep better. Noise is one of the biggest reasons why we may not sleep well – traffic, TVs, or bustling families may all contribute to poor sleep quality.
4. Limit your time in bed to 8 or 9 hours a night. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get up and do something else.
When spring comes around, it’s natural for you to look forward to relaxing and having fun. However, preparing for a break does not just refer to packing your bags and thinking about where you will go on holiday. An equally important aspect is taking the time to take care of yourself.
Remember – springtime, like any time, is a good time for some ‘me’ time.