December 16, 2015

Winterize Yourself Inside and Out


As the temperature drops and the layers of clothing increase, every woman must go through a change in their beauty routine to prepare for the cold months ahead. If you know like I know, a beauty routine is not just about creams, oils and powders. If you don't have a regimen for inner beauty as well, your skin will not glow and your hair will not shine with the true brilliance that comes from a healthy spirit. Periodically, it is essential to connect with your body and soul to seek out your hidden needs and develop a plan to meet those needs. The change in seasons presents an ideal opportunity to do just that. With the many responsibilities and challenges that women face, Lord knows that if we don't slate this time to care for ourselves, our needs will quietly fall by the wayside along with our peace of mind and eventually our feminine allure. Call me greedy, but I need to maintain my peace AND my allure in order to feel like my freshest most super-charged self!

So, how do we maintain a warm and glowing aura through the long, cold winter? Below I have provided some tips to help you prepare the goddess that you are for the upcoming season.

Read On!>>>
SKIN
Winter skin requires more TLC because of dry air and low humidity. Use a moisturizing soap and remember to exfoliate because dead skin cells are even more abundant on dry skin. Using an oil-based moisturizer, lather yourself from head to toe daily when you are still damp from the shower to lock in the moisture. At night, anoint your feet and sleep in a pair of footies to stay soft through the winter. Use a humidifier at night to create a dewy environment for your skin and hair. Your nasal passages will also thank you.

HAIR

Winter brings harsh winds, wool coats, sweaters and hats i.e. torment for your precious locks. It's up to you to be proactive about preventing seasonal damage. Line your wool hats with silk or satin to avoid breakage. When you are wearing a wool sweater, where your hair pinned up or in a bun. Avoid leaving the house with wet hair that could freeze in the low temps and cause serious breakage. Easy on the hots! Heat styling makes the hair more susceptible to damage from the cold and wind. Speaking of wind, protect those tresses. Wear your hair up or under a hat to avoid the tangling that results from the wind going blow for blow with your hair. Condition, moisturize and protect. Opt for the thicker, creamier deep conditioners. Use moisturizers that truly absorb into the hair like coconut and avocado oil. Implement protein and/or henna treatments to strengthen your hair against the elements.

!Biased Plug ~ Winter is a great time to start transitioning! If you've been toying with the idea of growing out your relaxer, go for it. Winter air is dry and the winds are unforgiving, so the weather lends itself well to protective styles like braid-outs, twist-outs and roller sets which are ideal for transitioning to natural ~ End Biased Plug!

BODY
The winter blues are partially caused by the body not producing enough serotonin, the hormone that affects a person's state of mind. When you exercise, your body produces more serotonin and thus improves your mood. If you don't currently have an exercise routine, start off with low impact exercises, such as tai chi, yoga or deep breathing. Yoga, especially, has been shown to be very effective in dealing with depression because the focus and concentration help you reconnect with your mind and spirit in such an enlightening way. Many people think they could never do yoga because they are not flexible. I would argue that the beautiful thing about yoga is that each pose has a variation that is appropriate for your level of flexibility and strength. Find a beginner's class and get your downward facing dog on. One of the disciplines of yoga is no judgment, so don't worry about anyone staring or snickering if you can't hold a pose.

SPIRIT
Winter depression or "Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that tends to occur (and recur) as the days grow shorter in the fall and winter. It is believed that affected persons react adversely to the decreasing amounts of light and the colder temperatures as the fall and winter progress." ~Medicinenet.com.

Light things up! Increase the amount of light in your home and wake up earlier to spend more of your waking hours in the daylight. Like exercise, light also stimulates the level of serotonin in the body. With night falling so early in the winter, it's no wonder that our disposition begins to mirror the darkness. Journal your thoughts and feelings and take action if you notice a trend towards melancholy feelings. Make time for quiet meditation and prayer. Do some soul searching. Reflect on where you are right now and where you want to go. Let go of past mistakes and look forward to new opportunities. Allow the beautiful evolution of the seasons happening around you to inspire a beautiful evolution inside of you.

MIND
Don't let the winter blues sneak up on you! Do something interesting and creative, even if you think it's outside of your character. Keep yourself busy with activities and adventures. Sign up for that cooking or art class that you've been wanting to take. Find a book that challenges your way of thinking. Further your education. Take on a new challenge at work. Make it something that scares you a little bit. Find the personal value in stepping out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself. When your mind is consumed with something new and exciting, you have less time to be preoccupied with sadness and doubt.

When your inner and outer energies radiate in harmony, you are blessed and spiritually magnetic. ~Jasmine Heiler

22 Weigh in!:

Ashley said...

Great advice, Thanks!

KeetaRay said...

Excellent tips!! I'm actually excited about finding a book that challenges my way of thinking. Thanks for sharing :-)

Makeup Vixen said...

Thanks for this post, it helped a lot. I got my pure unrefinded shea butter for my skin and my jamaican black castor oil for my hair waiting for me when I get home today. I think I might go buy an extra lamp this weekend for extra lighting in the house.

Afrikan said...

That is wonderful advice! :)

Anonymous said...

wonderful advices! Thanks a lot! They come in just right.I will try serious meditating and sewing (i always want to do, but so often I just "forgot" of my dreams or wishes because of the daily life and heavy workload). So, GG, thanks again for reminding me...

MizzTriniRiRi said...

All really sound advice. Thank you!

Chai said...

this was so great and thoughtful! these tips should be staples for every woman during the colder months

Anonymous said...

GG- any recommendations for a moisturizing soap and oil-based moisturizer for dry winter skin?

Anonymous said...

Truely posted at the right time thank you so much highly appreciated and needed!!!

Tina said...

I have been using my warm humidifier at night but find it heats up the room too much! I like to sleep cold. So now I will invest in a cool mist one.

curlychronicles said...

Great article! huzzah for yoga, that keeps me centered :) I'd recommend Golden Bridge for a studio for the Los Angeles yoginis :D

Anonymous said...

Sch beautiful words. thank you for this

b. said...

Wonderful post! My recommendation for a moisturizing soap is Kiss My Face olive oil bar. Saponified olive oil is the only ingredient (unless you get a scented one). I will use it as long as they make it. Lasts forever if you keep it dry (but it's not a soft bar like Lever 2000 or something). I have sensitive skin and it's the bees' knees!

Nichole said...

Thank you for the excellent and timely advice.

Chic Mommy, Cool Kid said...

What great tips for mind, body and soul! Even though we often know exactly what we need to stay healthy, beautiful and grounded--in the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to forget or get out of our routines. Thanks for sharing GG! I will be running out for light bulbs and an extra lamp this weekend!

PrettyGirl said...

Thanx GG for the wonderful and very timely advice! I feel like I need constant reminders on a daily the older I get (lol)! So, please keep spreading the knowledge! Luv the hair:)

Anonymous said...

I see this cute little natural black baby boy with his hair in puffs. But on the other hand he making so much noise and stuff, goes to show you that sterotype of causacians just letting there kids wonder around like crazy is only for them. So rude but you don't want to say anything but dayum. Well I will definitely be changing my hair styles for this winter thats for sure.

Anonymous said...

great tips!

Trish said...

Thanks Nik and GG, I especially agree with w/ tips for mind and spirit

Anonymous said...

Love these, I so needed to read this todsay,

marcelle said...

humidifier and yoga are must! Good stuff/ great post!

Alexandrea said...

I already journal but probably not as often as I need to. I have been noticing that the less time I spent outdoors, especially on beautiful days like today was, it affects my overall attitude for the next few days. It makes you think though. For me personally, I've had problems with motivation when it comes to working out at home and things like that. Having a workout buddy would make it so much easier.

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