It’s 3 pm in the afternoon and I’m sitting next to my window, hoping that basking in the sunlight will let me feel a little better. My hair hasn’t air dried as it usually does; and when I looked, my hairless arms look patchy. Winter is here. Between full sleeves tops and extra cups of green tea, I haven’t really prepared for the cold. So how about we do this together? Here are 13 tips that’ll help you get rid of every hair and skin worry one may suffer in the cold.
- Get a trim, at the very least. Or change your look. Your layers have grown out–so has your fringe. Plus split-ends and frayed ends are not really sexy. Book a salon appointment: you can either get a trim (I got 3 inches trimmed off; my hair was reaching my waist) so that they grow better, or else get a new look. I’m traditional, so I like to keep my hair long during winters and cut them in summers (simple logic) but considering this is the end of the year, consider changing your look. Plus, letting your hair go in a way also means you let go of your baggage.
- Touch-up your hair color. Most women color their hair or got their hair ombre-ed this season. With the onset of weddings and holiday parties, it may be a good idea to hide your roots and redo your color. This time, I got L’Oreal INOA in natural brown. I tend to do all things hair in 1 day.
- Take care of your scalp. The blow dryer, the setting sprays and serums along with dry climate can make your scalp dry and itchy. This can sometimes lead to dandruff and hairfall. In fact, if I go for a hair test in winters, they’ll probably think my scalp is very dry. I recently bought almond oil that I apply very gently onto my scalp. If you face bad dandruff, try anything with ZPTO D’Free Overnight Anti-Dandruff Lotion or Clear Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. You can even use a sulphate-free shampoo like Aaranyaa’s Argan Oil Sulphate-Free Shampoo or Organix Moroccan Oil Shampoo if you have damaged hair.
- Give yourself a scalp massage. We’re Indians!! Have you forgotten how important oiling is? Well, I’ve loved it and owe my long hair to my mom and oiling–but this year, oiling didn’t work for me. However, what I do is before I jump in for a hair wash is to take a drop of oil and rub it on my fingertips. Then, I just massage it on to my scalp for a minute. This helps in blood circulation and can be done properly if your hair is not falling! I also want to give a special shout out to Vichy’s Nourishing Hair Masque for Damaged Hair. At first, it was just an average hair conditioner/spa. But with consistent usage, I found that it really helps soften my hair (I keep touch my hair to check!). My favorite shampoos are Alfa Parf Keratin Therapy Shampoo (I also tried their hair color), Sand for Soapaholics Yellow Submarine Shampoo, Tresemme Anti-Hairfall Shampoo and Organix (mentioned above).
- Make your hair healthy, by eating right! Winters are a great time ‘coz there are so many fruits and veggies that are available this time of the year. Load up on seasonal fruits, teas, dried fruits, nuts and seeds and anything with anti-oxidants to help aid the natural growth of your hair.
My favorite time of the day is my cup of green tea and a handful of blueberries. Tell me yours in the comments’ please!
- Limit the salon visits! My sister can vouch for this since this is first December we’re not together! I’m a sucker for a lather and blowout session at the salon (Lakme loves me!) but off late I started noticing the trauma that is caused to your scalp thanks to the stretching and pulling to make them look “styled”. I got addicted and did this up to 3 times a week. But I’m going to limit this only to events–weddings–and days there is no motivation to wash my hair.
TIP: Up your intake of citrus fruits like gooseberries,oranges, and berries to boost collagen production in your body!
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- Use hydrating products on your skin. My face feels dry after using a facewash. I’m currently using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream but I swear by La Roche Posay’s Toleriane Riche: it’s ideal for sensitive skin. The consistency is great and I’m in love with it. Some days (or when I can’t find either), I use Vichy Aqualia Serum after I take a shower. Any serum from Estee Lauder, Kiehl’s,Olay or Lancome are AWESOME and will add brightness to your skin. They will also take care of pigmentation, excess melanin production, and patchy looking skin.
- Get rid of Brown Spots: A lot of us don’t notice this but winters are also a time when some of us get brown spots on our face, which is basically UV damage. Try a serum or a cream with retinols–consult a dermatologist or write to me too! Other than that, make most of oral and topical sunscreens.
- Use a hand and nail cream. Then re-apply it. I recently used bright pink nail polish for a friend’s wedding (it matched my outfit) and when I removed it, the skin in and around the nail bed completely started withering off. While I put a lot of Dr Scholl Foot & Nail Cream on my cuticles, I think it’s best to use a hand and nail cream like Neutrogena Hand Cream, L’Ocitane Hand Cream or The Face Shop Daily Hand Cream.
- Get rid of KP. Keratosis Pilaris (KP) can be mistaken for pimples or body acne but apparently is a buildup of keratin protein within the hair follicles. Of your body. I know, right???? Apparently, all that friction and tight clothes (I’m talking to your skinny jeans) is what is responsible for these uncalled guests. So I did what I always do. I used a good scrub. It didn’t make a difference to these KPs. Then I used a sugar scrub. It didn’t work–except I had softer elbows. Turns out, you need lactic acid (10-12%). I think it’s best you get a dermatologist to recommend one for you. Or just look for lactic acid on the ingredient list when buying a lotion.
- Make most of a coffee scrub for different uses. Your elbows and knees are drier than the rest of your body, so use a scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells (they’re programmed to be slower than the rest of the body) and apply a thick cream or your favorite body lotion. Coffee also helps with cellulite, a problem amongst 90% women regardless of their weight. After dry brushing your stomach, thighs and other problematic areas (to get rid of lymphatic fluids and toxins), you can use the same coffee scrub. I used this recipe last year and it came out really good!
TIP: Up your water intake to 3 L a day and detox in 3 days only!
- Moisturize before you shave. You may have more cuts and bumps if you have very, very cracked skin. You can either dab a bit of coconut oil (which itself can be used as a shaving agent) or use a mild scrub. This will also make your shave easy and faster!
- Say yes to crack-free heels. I have an injured nail so I couldn’t wait for the season where I can be free of nail polish. Keep your toenails cut and filed, and make most of a foot cream rich in humectants. I usually use Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi on my feet to get rid of all dead skin cells (keep a towel under you). I clean it up or dip in my feet in hot water with bath salts and then use Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream or good ol’ Boroline.
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There they are! 13 points to help you combat skin and hair problems you may face during the winter season.
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