Come winter and our beauty woes become unending with dry skin and flaky scalp. With a nip in the air, our skin needs extra nourishment to stay healthy and glowing in order to brave the frost. As a result of the weather change, our skin looks dry, stretched out and dull, which may cause premature aging. It can worsen and lead to severe skin conditions like eczema, acne and psoriasis. It is a nightmare to deal with dry skin and scalp during winters.
The sharp drop in moisture, humidity and extreme weather conditions cause the skin to appear drier than usual. Such conditions give rise to several skin problems. For a glowing and healthy skin in the winters, our expert dermatologists highly recommend taking precautionary measures and ensuring a healthy skincare regime.
Bundle up into your favorite winter clothing and cover your skin while protecting it from harsh and frosty weather. The chilly outdoors and windy weather can expose our skin to extreme dryness and eventually leave it looking dull. Remember, apart from bringing a natural rosy flush to the cheeks, the itchy dryness on our hands, feet and face can cause great discomfort.
One cant stress enough on the importance of moisturizing in the harsh winter weather. The moisturizer that might be simply perfect for the spring/summer season may not work for winter. Find oil-based moisturizers since the oil base will help in creating a protective layer on the skin from extreme weather conditions. It will also prevent flaking or cracking of the skin. If you are suffering from critical skin issues, ensure visiting your dermatologist for the right solution.
Scrubbing 1-2 times a week is advocated by most dermatologists to avoid skin peeling off, dead cells and grime resting on the skin. It also allows new cells to breathe for supple, soft skin in the winter weather. Follow it up by slathering a nourishing moisturizer that suits your skin type in order to seal in all the goodness of the cream.
Winter the sun is soothing, yet it tends to damage our skin from harmful UV rays. Invest in a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors. If you are staying outdoors for a long time, you should reapply sunscreen regularly for continual protection from the sun. The practice of applying sunscreen religiously is recommended by most experts.
While winter is all about indulging in cozy, relaxing hot baths, you should opt for lukewarm water to soak your tired body after a day out in the cold. The intense heat of a hot shower can break down the lipid barriers in the skin, resulting in moisture loss. Though hot baths are often relaxing and preferred over normal baths, you need to protect your skin from getting excessively dry afterward.
A sudden temperature drop can make hair brittle and dry. The heated indoors and cold outdoors play a vital role in the waning of our hairs luster, resulting in dull and damaged locks. Winters bring along dandruff and hair-fall problems that altogether aggravates our beauty struggles. For achieving manageable hair, a few measures that can be followed are:-
Dandruff is a common problem in winters and using mild over-the-counter shampoos can help in warding off dandruff to a great extent. One can also consider switching between dandruff shampoos since our scalp becomes immune to a particular medication. Massage the shampoo on the scalp and allow it to sit for a good 10 minutes such that the medication works on the scalp and heals it. Follow it up with conditioning and hair serum that suits your hair type.
Hot oil massage is magical for dry, itchy scalp treatment. Warm olive oil and coconut oil could be applied 1-2 times a week and be gently massaged into the scalp for healthier hair. Vitamin E capsules can also be applied on the scalp for infusing it with a dose of extra nourishment. But be mindful of not overdosing on the quantity used and keep the oil on the hair for not more than 2 hours. Any number of hours beyond 2 does not strengthen nor have any value addition to the hair and its quality.
Avoid giving extra heat to the hair in the form of blow drying, straightening or curling. This can damage your hair entirely. Due to the dehydrating winter weather, the already brittle hair may ultimately lose its shine and bounce and in turn, end up looking limp.
There is no denying the fact that a hydrated body will reflect a generous glow, both on the hair and skin. So, to manage hair-fall and dry skin, consume 2-3 liters of water every day. No amount of hot or cold beverages will replenish the skin, the way water does.
Welcome the winter wonderland and indulge in taking care of your skin and hair from inside and outside. If your skin or hair issues get worse, make sure to consult an experienced dermatologist or trichologist and diagnose the underlying physiological reasons. It is that time of the year where you would want to wrap up in your favorite warm winter wear and wander about without stressing about skin or hair woes. Cherish the season folks!
With inputs from Dr. Kranthi Kumar MBBS, MD (DVL)