Skin and haircare tips
In winter, our skin and hair face a lot of issues such as dryness, chapping, brittle and dry hair, and diseases such as eczema and psoriasis can also flare up. Skin and haircare therefore need to be altered in keeping with the season’s demands. Here’s how you can do that…
1. Use moisturizing, creamy face and body washes that hydrate and don’t strip the skin of its essential oils. 2. Moisturize with a body emollient containing ceramides and/ or paraffin that forms a barrier on the skin, prevents evaporation and retains water. This is especially good if you have dry, scaly skin or are prone to developing eczema and psoriasis. 3. Excessive scrubbing and exfoliants are not required in winter. Exfoliate once a week. Follow it up with a moisturizer. 4. Use a sunblock even in winter. Choose one with SPF 30 or more, that is noncomedogenic and gives a broad spectrum of coverage against UVA and UVB rays. 5. Exfoliate chapped lips with toothbrush or sugar granules and follow it up with a lip balm. 6. Take care of dry cuticles by filing nails regularly, and getting exposed cuticles clipped and trimmed with manicures and pedicures. Also, keep them supple and hydrated by using a cuticle oil and massaging into the base of the nail. 7. Hands, feet, elbows and knees are areas that need extra care and one can use emollients or body butters over them to keep them soft and to prevent calluses. 8. Winter is the best time for skin treatments such as peels and lasers as you can seek protection and relief to a certain extent from the sun. 9. Work out regularly even in winter to keep yourself looking radiant and healthy. As they say, hot summer bodies are made in winter! 10. Wash hair a little less often than you do in other seasons especially if you have dry, itchy and flaky scalp. 11. Do regular deep conditioning and oil conditioning treatments for your hair and scalp to keep your hair hydrated. 12. Use a leave-in conditioner or a hair moisturizer if you feel your hair is too dry. 13. Protect with a hair band, scarf, headband, clip etc when exposed to strong winds which can strip away natural oils from the hair and make it dry. 14. Use heat styling less often in winter. Let hair air dry or use a heat protection spray.