Winter skin and hair care and how to overcome them.

Common skin issues being faced in winter

Dry and itchy skin  

Increased irritation due to soaps and fragrances

Chapped lips

Exacerbation of skin conditions alike eczema , psoriasis, acne and rosacea.

Increased incidences of cold induced urticaria, a condition in which itchy bumps develop on a patch of skin making it irritable

Keratosis pilaris that are tiny red bumps on the upper arm and thigh can get aggravated and itchy in winter. 

Episodes of vascular conditions like Reynolds disease where the fingers get blue, cyanosed and painful.

Common hair issues being faced in winter. 

Dry itchy scalp.

Increase in hair fall due to scratching andreduced blood circulation associated with cold weather.

Infections like bacterial folliculitis and fungalinfections.

Exacerbation of scalp conditions like eczema,seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.  

Tips and Tricks to combat winter skin andhair issues.

8 – 12 liters of water and fruit juices tohydrate and nourish your skin. Drink even if you do not feel thirsty; don’t bebothered about increased trips to the washroom

Exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 times aweek. To boost the blood circulation which is crucial for general health aswell as skin health

A healthy diet rich in vitamins A, C, B-complex,.Minerals like calcium and Zinc along with plenty of nuts and seeds to replenishthe body’s resources of Vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids which play an integralpart in the skin barrier –hydrating mechanism.

Keep showers short.

Use only Luke-warm water.

Change your skin care to soap free,fragrance free cleansers and body washes.

A cup full of bath oil or emollient to beadded to bath water.

Apply a good amount of inert, fragrancefree, non-comedogenic moisturizer immediately after bath on slightly wet skin,pat dry.

Use sulphate free, moisturizing shampoosand conditioners.

Hydrating hair masks at least once a week.

Keep the body warm with adequate thermals.

When outdoors keep skin and hair coveredand protected with gloves, scarfs, sunglasses.

Use a non-comedogenic vitamin enrichedmoisturizer and a good sunblock even in winter. Although the sun’s rays areless intense the dry skin can cause deeper damage cumulating to faster ageingof skin.

Apply any virgin oil over entire scalp andhair at least once a week.

Use anti-dandruff shampoos a couple oftimes a week on the scalp and let it work for 3-5 minutes to rid the scalp ofthe scales and fungal infection.

Use an exfoliating scrub at least once aweek on your face and body to remove al the uneven dry, dead skin build up thathappens in winter followed by good deep hydrating collagen body butter.


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