How to Take Best Care of Your Hair and Skin in winter?
Keeping your skin healthy is an important thing required throughout the year. But when winters approach, managing and keeping our skin to its best becomes really troubling. The changing environmental conditions and ever-increasing dryness make everything drier, duller, and rougher.
As the season progresses, it makes difficult for everyone to reach an ultimate solution to keep her skin from woes. As an accredited dermatologist, I believe my role is not just to rectify skin issues, but also to provide individuals with best tips to prevent their skin from experiencing any damage.
If you want to know the best tips to take proper care of your skin and hair in winters, then read below my advice that will keep your winter worries at bay!
Dry Skin and Hair – Know the Causes?
The issue of dry skin and hair occurs because of environmental conditions.
Some of the prominent causes of this condition are dry cold air, wind, not drinking enough water, heated air, and prolongedexposure to a hot shower. As a result of such factors, there is internal and external dehydration experienced among people, which further extracts the moisture from hair and skin thereby leaving them dry, dull, and lusterless.
But no need to worry! This winter season you can combat all such problems and survive it to the fullest! Because I bring you my best tips to prevent your dry skin and hair from experiencing such issues. Even these tips will treat your dry hair and skin problems if you have any.
Tips to Treat and Prevent Dry Hair
Tip 1 – Avoid Excess Hot Water Shower
Hot water shower is truly relaxing and seems to lighten up the body, but actually, too much hot water can extract the natural moisture from your hair and skin, leaving it rough, dry, and unmanageable. Hence, follow this religiously and make it a point that this winter you are only going to bath with lukewarm water so that your body’s natural moisture stays locked in.
Tip 2 –Reduce Excessive Shampooing
If you will wash your hair daily then this will strip off the natural oils from the hair making them dry and lost without shine. As a dermatologist, I would recommend you to not wash your hair more than twice a week. This way, you will be able to nourish your hair and scalp well and balance the natural production of oil to theoptimum level.
Tip 3 – Use a Good Quality Conditioner Always
If you want your locks to be lustrous, soft, and smooth, then you must use a good-quality conditioner in most of your washes. Your conditioner must be able to deliver moisturizing agents so that your hair cuticles are well nourished and can retain shine for a lasting time.
Tip 4 –Hot Oil Massage
Oil massage is an excellent therapy for all types of hair and hot oil massage can work wonders especially for dry hair. If your hair shaft isdry, then you may take a little quantity of coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil. Slightly lukewarm it and then massage it into your hair and scalp. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and hence this will keep the moisture locked in and your hair shiny and lustrous.
Tip 5 – Take Appropriate Protection against Sun
If the top layer of your hair appears rougher and drier than the bottom layers then this could be due to exposure of your hair to thesun. The sun’s UV light degenerate the outer layer of hair, thereby causing the hair to appear damaged and dry. To protect your hair from the harsh rays of sun you must go out wearing a hat or covering your hair with a silk scarf.
Tips to Prevent and Treat Dry Skin
Tip 1 – Using a Humidifier
You can always use a humidifier in your room in order to maintain the moisture level. Humidifiers release water into the atmosphere resulting in less stealing of water from the skin.
Tip 2 – Avoid Using Soap on Face
The pH level of soap is more than 9 while the required pH balance of theskin is 5.5. A high pH balance can cause skin barrier to various issues like eczema, acne, loss of nutrients, lipids, and more. Hence, always use a moisturizer based facial cleanser in winters to maintain the skin’s pH balance.
Tip 3 – Consume Diet Rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are really needed for a healthy skin. They form an important element of skin hydration. You need to include omega 3 fatty acids in your daily diet to keep your skin’s epidermal layer moist and supple. Also, there are Omega 6 fatty acids available in food items like avocados, nuts, flaxseeds, and more that can be consumed on a daily basis.
Tip 4 – Add Natural Moistures for Your Skin
Using moisturizers based on natural products is an excellent way to keep your skin nourished and well-hydrated. Natural Moisturizing Factors are humectants that are present in the skin and essential to maintain its suppleness and elasticity. A dry skin implies lower levels of Natural Moisturizing Factors and using natural moisturizers is a way to bring them back to your skin.
Tip 5 –Take Adequate Protection against the Sun
There is increases loss of Trans-Epidermal water from the body during exposure to thesun in winters. This results in dehydration. As a Dermatologist,I would advise you to take proper protection from thesunfor both UVA and UVB protection. This is important to prevent skin dryness as well to safeguard your skin from harmful sun’s effects such as pigmentation and premature aging.
So, these are my dermatological advice to keep your skin healthy and glowing this winter.