Beauty Savvy

Dr She­fali Trasi Nerurkar helps you keep your skin sup­ple ‘n’ ra­di­ant and your hair soft ‘n’ shin­ing all through this long, cold spell…

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Dr She­fali Trasi Nerurkar helps your skin and hair glow

SKIN SHINE

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 FLAIR

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.

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