With wind, rain, snow and freezing temperatures, winter is the perfect time to pamper yourself. In this article, Margo Marrone, co-founder of The Organic Pharmacy, shares her tips for natural hair and skincare that can help protect you from the elements.
Do you find that your hair and skin always suffer during the winter season? It’s no surprise that this time of year can wreak havoc on your body, as icy winds outside and central heating indoors both play a part in drying you out. This can then lead to damaged hair and skin, flakiness, and even breakouts, so it’s best to address any hair or skin issues you may notice sooner rather than later.
As more and more of us are turning to sustainable ways of life and becoming more conscious about our purchases, you may be looking for natural ways to treat hair and skin problems caused by wintery conditions. Below, I’ll take you through some of the best products and ingredients to look out for.
Winter Hair Care
Your hair is actually great at taking care of itself, so when it’s under stress from seasonal conditions, it’s best to look for gentle hair care products that won’t do more harm than good. These contain ingredients that will cleanse your hair without stripping it of its natural, protective oils to keep your hair glossy and healthy. It may also be a good idea to take a break from heat styling products like straighteners and curling tongs during this time of year to minimise damage to your hair.
For hair that has been dry, damaged, or dulled by the cold weather, a good ingredient to seek out is coconut oil, which can help heal your hair and restore its shine. You can look for products like conditioners and hair masks containing coconut oil, or just apply it directly to your hair and leave it on overnight — I would suggest wearing a towel wrapped around your head to bed to avoid the oil transferring to your bedding. Then, thoroughly rinse it out in the morning and towel dry your hair.
Winter Hand Care
Your hands are hardworking at the best of times, but in winter, extreme temperatures can cause additional problems. Dry, chapped hands or irritated skin will require an exfoliating agent to slough away dead particles, and then a moisturising ingredient to soften and repair it. Natural exfoliants may include oatmeal, ground fruit stones such as apricot pits, sugar, and salt.
These exfoliators can then be paired with nutrient-rich hand creams containing moisturising ingredients like milk, honey, or lavender. Applying these will leave your hands feeling soft and soothed.
Winter Skin Care
Your exposed skin, especially your face, will also require extra hydration at this time of year. Look for serums, cleansers and moisturisers containing natural oils like coconut and avocado, which are full of healthy fats, to help keep your face feeling soft and supple. I would also recommend looking for products containing nutrient-rich superfoods like carrot to keep it nourished, and use an SPF even on dark winter days to protect your skin from UV rays.
If you’re experiencing break-outs as a result of this dryness, you can zap those with a dab of tea tree oil to bring down the inflammation. Only do this occasionally and avoid getting it on large patches of skin, as doing so can cause further dryness and additional problems.
The tips in this guide can help you find the perfect products to care for your hair and skin this winter. Bear them in mind when the weather turns, and you’re sure to notice the difference.
About The Author
The Organic Pharmacy is the first pharmacy that’s dedicated to all things organic. Margo Marrone, a pharmacist and homeopath, co-founded the company in 2002 to create a new way of thinking about natural health and beauty.
“25 years ago, organic food was scarce, and no one really thought about what they put in their body, on their skin, or the importance it played on their health and immune system. I believed then and even more so now that the way we live is directly related to our health.
“Keeping our minds and body healthy, using healthy ingredients free from toxins, not only helps keep us fit but also the world we live in. The Organic Pharmacy, for me, was a way that people all over the world can access healthy, scientific, and results-driven products and treatments to heal the mind and body.”
Based in London, the original King’s Road store is joined now by outlets in Kensington, Hampstead, and Marylebone, as well as select retailers and spas. All the ingredients used by the pharmacy are of the highest pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical standard, sustainably sourced, and, where available, organic. Nothing they sell has ever been tested on animals, and many products are suitable for vegans.
To find out more visit: www.theorganicpharmacy.com