So winter is here and it’s time to make good use of your thermals and warm wear. In my home, the bed sheet covers me through the night, while the a/c takes turns to be on or off while I snooze with Shizuoka (my little doggie) at my feet. Enough about my winter sleep routine; let’s get to the today’s topic which is about ‘Skin and Hair Care in Winters’.
So now that I have got your attention, let me just dive straight into the different concerns I face and I’m sure many of you ladies and gents face too.
Static: Have you noticed in winters, the short strands of hair shoot up like little antennas? This is a state called ‘Static Hair’. Your hair catches an electric charge due to the drop in temperatures causing it to stand
Dry & Itchy scalp: Just as skin dries during winters, one’s scalp too tends to dry with the heat and external cold weather. This causes it to itch as well and may lead to dandruff (flaking off)
Hair breakage: One more concern that can cause hair to fall or break is dry n dull hair… A lot of girls find it hard to manage hair that’s gotte dull and dry at the onset of winters. With lack of moisture, hair tends to get dry and stands out like a straw making it brittle and easily breakable.
The most common suggestion when it comes to Hair Care is to keep the moisture levels up with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. If possible, shampoo your hair less frequently during the winters, this way natural oils remain intact for a longer period. Another quick fix is to carry a travel-size bottle of leave-in conditioner or hair oil in your handbag this can help retain the moisture while you’re on the go. Coconut Oil when heated and applied gently on the scalp helps moisturize and strengthen the scalp. This exercise is one of my favorites for the winters.
Whenever I wash my hair, I use the Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner Set which is the range of INR 1200 for both. The brand Morocconoil too has similar set of Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner available at a premium and is available on Nykaa.com. For hair that’s severely dry due to the weather, a superfood-infused moisturizing shampoo that contains hydrating aloe vera gel can be helpful for bringing it back to life
Avoid too much Heat:
Keep yourself warm and maintain the balance in and outside your home with the clothes you wear or the environment you are in. It is pretty cold in the winters and a hot shower does definitely make one feel good. But if you care enough for your hair and scalp, you should turn the temperature of your shower down. The temperature has to be favorable for your hair so as to not to go into a state of shock with the sudden heat after coming from the shower. The hot water dehydrates your skin and hair leaving it back to looking dry and frizzy the next day. This can lead to hair fall as well. To better your situation, avoid washing your hair too often during the winters thereby maintaining the moisture levels
Even though a blow dryer is the best tool if you want to style your hair to perfection, it’s a good idea to let your hair air dry on its own before you head out or use a towel and tumble dry your strands. But if you don’t have time for your hair to dry naturally before going out, then blow dry it by using the cool setting.
DIYs and Tips:
Hot oil treatment for dry scalp & hair
You can take any of the oils like jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil or readily available coconut oil.
Take equal portions of almond oil, jojoba oil and pure coconut oil in a bowl. Heat it for about a minute.
Apply this lukewarm oil with the help of finger tips to scalp and entire hair.
Massage the oil for five to ten minutes and wrap a hot towel.
Leave it for an hour or two and then rinse off using a mild shampoo followed by a hydrating conditioner
Do this bi-weekly to get the best results
Homemade Aloe – Onion Seeds Mask to Battle Hairfall
One tablespoon of Aloe Gel (fresh gel or Patanjali)
One teaspoon of Powdered Onion seeds ( kalaunji in hindi )
2 Evion ( vit E ) tablets
In a Glass bowl fist put a generous table spoon of Aloe Gel
Add the kalaunji powder to the gel and mix it well
Add the contents on the Evion tablets by pricking a small hole
Apply the thick mask onto your scalpe and the patches where the hair growth has declined.
Leave the mask on for 45 mins to an hour before you wash the hair
Rinse off with your normal shampoo and luke warm water.
Follow this treatment for about 30 days and you should notice the difference.
Moving onto Skin care and the concerns we face during winters here a few examples I just had to address.
Dryness: During winters the environment is harsh to the skin because of the dry, cold air and drop in humidity, the water in the skin also evaporates quickly, leaving it feeling dry and flaky. If you already have a dry skin type you will see a huge difference in your skin during the winters
Chapped and Flaky skin: Aside from dryness, winter skin problems can become severe which can lead to skin cracks and flakes. As your skin experiences dryness during winter, your lips end up looking chapped and they look unsightly causing a bit of discomfort.
Damaged Darker looking Skin: Whatever your skin type is, even when you cannot feel the sun in winters, you’re still exposed to harsh rays of the sun and may have to deal with burns and blemishes.
Moisture & Hydration:
Whether it’s your hair or skin the winter season calls for similar symptoms with hair and skin. Your skin all over your body needs the TLC (tender love & care) with generous amounts of an oil based moisturizer for extremely dry skin. This not only moisturizes the skin but the oil makes the moisture in the lotion stay on your skin longer and keeps it hydrated for long hours. When choosing oil based moisturizer make sure it’s a non-clogging oil based lotion. Avocado oil, mineral oil, or almond oil are some examples. Nivea Oil in Lotion contains Vanilla and Almond Oil (priced at about INR 400 ) available at any general store. Hydrating your skin is the most natural way to maintain the moisture in your pores and deal with dull & dry skin. Water alone may not do the trick, drink your fresh juices and detoxify your skin with adequate nutrients from veggies as well. I choose to have a glass of ABC (Apple – Beetroot & Carrot juice more so in the morning to not only feel energized but this does help better the glow on your skin and keep you hydrated.
Sunscreen Protection is a Must:
Sunscreen is not just for the summers. Winter sun combined with cold glares can still damage your skin. In colder parts of India you may not face the direct rays of the sun, but you cannot step out and let you skin take the risk. A good layer of sunscreen with about 50 + SPF will protect your already dry skin from the harsh rays of the sun.
So these are a few suggestions I have put together so you can stay warm and protected this winter season.
Also remember an appointment with a dermatologist is a must when things get intense. A specialist can analyze your skin type, better your skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.
DIYs and Tips
Brown sugar lip scrub for chapped lips
A spoon full of brown sugar
Teaspoon of olive oil.
Take a spoon full of brown sugar and mix it with equal quantity of olive oil.
You can also use almond or coconut oil if you don’t have olive oil at home.
Mix it in a bowl and apply this on your lips and rub your finger over your lips in a circular motion so that the dead skin layer gets removed.
Now wash this away using luke warm water and voila!
Oatmeal Face Mask / Scrub for Dull Skin
½ cup oatmeal, uncooked
1/4 to ½ cup water
½ cup milk
1 tablespoon pure honey
In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook oatmeal, water, milk and honey for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set it aside to cool
Massage some plain honey all over your clean face and neck before applying the mask.
Apply the mix to your face and massage it with upward strokes. Let the mask sit on your face for 15 mins at least.
Remove and rinse by using a soft facial wash cloth and warm water.
And that’s it- fresh, clean and moisturized skin.
So here are some key pointers to keep in mind this winter season for flawless soft skin and better hair days to come . Share your experience with me in the comments section below & lets me know if any of my DIYs helped you