Winter Glow: Top 4 Protection Tips

The long winter months can be tough on your body, not to mention your simple, streamlined beauty routines of balmier seasons past. Cold, blustery outdoor air and dry indoor heat sap skin of its natural moisture, leaving it duller, drier and itchier. Harsh UV rays are present even when it’s cloudy and on top of that, sun beams reflect off of snow, exerting long-term damaging effects on skin and eyes. And don’t get us started on frizzy, flat, winter hair… You might be tempted to hibernate until springtime… or to just hide out in a long, hot bath. But there’s a better option. Simply switch up your self-care to accommodate the cold – showing a little extra love to your skin, eyes, and hair with the following tips:

Keep baths brief and water temperatures warm. Steamy showers and hot baths may feel soothing, but a hot-water habit can suck the natural oils from skin and hair, causing dryness and damage. To prevent split-ends and breakage to tresses, try Nine Naturals Citrus + Mint Nourishing Conditioner or Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner as an overnight hair mask.

Skip the bar soap and use a gentle, nourishing body wash.  Due to the soap-making process, bar soap is inherently a more alkaline product than most body washes, which means it can be harsh and drying to the skin. Nine Naturals’ Citrus + Geranium Soothing Pregnancy Body Wash is gentle enough for daily use, and contains avocado oil and cupuaçu butter to soften and moisturize even the driest skin.

Apply rich moisture right after bathing. Simply towel dry and then massage your favorite natural oil, lotion, or balm into skin–liberally. Reapply several times a day, especially if your skin is extra parched, and even when you think you’re set. Nine Naturals’ Repairing Body Balm uses nutrient-rich, organic mongongo oil to repair and protect skin. Organic shea, cupuu, and mango butters in this power product help restore moisture and repair dry, cracked skin. This versatile balm can also be applied to dry lips, hands and heels and it’s a perfect product to carry in your purse when you’re on the go and temperatures are low.

Wear a natural sunscreen every day. While winter may not seem like sun-damage season, strong ultraviolet rays can wreak their havoc throughout the year, winter months included. These damaging rays pass right through clouds (and glass) and penetrate deep into skin and can cause long-term damage, even leading to skin cancer down the road. Hormonal changes during pregnancy also make skin more sensitive and more susceptible to discoloration and damage. Nine Naturals’ Natural Sunscreen contains non-nano zinc oxide for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and only eight (pronounceable and safe!) ingredients, including nutrient-dense jojoba seed oil and creamy shea butter to moisturize \and nourish your skin all year round.

Protect eyes from UV rays too. Winter ‘sparkle and bright’ can add up to a lot of UV exposure for eyes. Wear sunglasses with UV coating on the lenses to protect eyes – and the delicate skin around them – from sun damage.  Our favorite shades from Little Boogaweezin (aka LB Brand) fit the bill in terms of protect and serious style. These super-chic I AM MODERN MOTHERHOOD round sunglasses have been spotted on celebrity mama Gwen Stefani and other notable mommybloggers all over social media.

 

Wear a wide-brimmed hat to take the sun-protective shade with you wherever you go. Sun damage to the face can cause fine lines, wrinkles, rough skin, moles, age spots… the list goes on. A wide-brimmed hat not only protects your face, it also protects your hair, which during pregnancy can become extra sensitive to UV rays as well. Our favorite, the Giselle straw hat from Mott 50, proves that a UV-protective headwear can gorgeously complement your face and wardrobe. With UPF 50, it’ll protect all year round.

Give hair a boost. Your tresses take a bit of a beating in the winter, what with indoor heat, freezing winds and fuzzy hats. Stave off split ends, static, and other winter woes with daily damage control. Nine Naturals’ Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Pregnancy Conditioner brings tired, dry hair back to life with super-nourishing organic emollients like Moroccan argan oil, shea butter, and macadamia seed oil. Use it as a leave-in conditioner all over or just on hair tips. Trust us, your hair will thank you.

 

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