Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar helps you keep your skin supple ‘n’ radiant and your hair soft ‘n’ shining all through this long, cold spell…
Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar helps your skin and hair glow
Winters are a relief in a hot country like India, but the cold weather and decreased humidity makes the skin dry and prone to redness, flakiness, chapping and itching. The reason for this is decreased moisture in the skin. There can be an exacerbation in conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne etc.
To combat these issues during winter, follow these pointers…
— Lukewarm Baths: Long, hot water showers/ baths sound tempting in winter but must be avoided because they strip your body of natural oils. This then leads to drying of skin. A hydrating cleanser for bathing helps in curbing dryness. A non-soap formula is preferable. A SLES/ SLS-free formula doesn’t dry your skin out. Rubbing your skin with a towel after bathing should be avoided; instead, only dab it.
— Top To Bottom Moisturising: It is a good idea to moisturise your skin soon after you have had a bath because damp skin absorbs the moisturiser better. If your skin is dry to normal, an oil-based moisturiser is good for you. If it is normal to oily or combination, a water-based moisturiser is better. A non-comedogenic formula helps moisturise acne prone skin. A hydrating toner is a good idea prior to moisturising. Antioxidant serums help with the inflammation caused due to drying. A moisturising sheet mask also helps with locking in the moisture. Try to avoid licking your lips and apply a good lip balm three to four times a day to avoid chapping. Frequent hand washing leads to drying of the skin; so avoid it. Cracked heels are another common issue during winter. Cream/ ointment-based formulations help in moisturising the hands and feet.
— Sun Protection & Coverage: The sun is not usually on our minds in winter but can be just as damaging to our skin. Use SPF 30 or higher sun blocks and reapply throughout the day if you are outdoors. The best protection against winter is staying covered. It also helps keep the moisture in. Hats, gloves, scarves, earmuffs, socks and face guards for brutally dry, windy days are necessary.
— Hydration: Staying hydrated helps in maintaining the moisture of your skin. Drink plenty of water as we tend to skip out on our water intake during winter. Try adding decaffeinated hot beverages like herbal tea to your day to help increase your intake. Hydrating the dry indoor air with a humidifier really helps.
— Winter Makeup: Skin should be well moisturized before applying the base. Mineral or cream base makeup can be done over that. Sunscreen should never be skipped.
— At Home: Homemade, hydrating masks help maintain your skin’s moisture.
— Diet: A zinc-rich diet fortified with good protein and vitamins A and B is necessary for a healthy glow.
Drink plenty of water as we tend to skip out on our water intake during winter. Try adding decaffeinated hot beverages like herbal tea to your day to help increase your intake.
Hair becomes dry, frizzy and static in winter. Dryness leads to split ends in the hair and may result in dandruff. This makes your hair look lifeless and limp. Here are a few tips to help you maintain that mane…
— A hydrating shampoo and conditioner helps in maintaining shiny, healthy hair.
A SLES/ SLS-free formula doesn’t dry your hair out. Frequent washing of hair should be avoided as it makes the hair drier. Frequent washing strips your hair of natural oils. It might also promote dandruff. No more than a twice/ thrice a week routine must be followed. Shampooing must be followed by conditioning (a rich cream conditioner for dry hair and a thin conditioner for oily hair). A leave-on conditioning serum can be used for extremely dry hair. A shampoo containing zinc pyrithione helps in combating dandruff.
— Deep conditioning hair masques once a week help tame dry, frizzy hair.
— Avoid using too many products as they tend to make your scalp oilier which, in turn, might make you wash your hair frequently.
— Air drying your hair is always a better option than blow drying or using other heated hair devices. It can damage the shaft of your hair and make it prone to breakage, leading to hair fall or split ends.
— Eating a protein and mineral-rich diet helps in maintaining your mane.
Eating a protein and mineral-rich diet helps in maintaining your mane.