Beauty Care

Skin and hair­care tips

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS - Dr Shuba Dhar­mana Der­ma­tol­o­gist, Le­je­une Medspa

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.

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