The onset of winter heralds frizzy hair, itchy scalp due to dandruff, dry and flaky skin and chapped lips due to the cold, dry, harsh winds. These winter woes are compounded by temperature swings, ultraviolet radiation from the winter sun and use of heating appliances in homes and workplaces. All these factors combine to wreak havoc on our skin and hair, making it essential to have a daily skin and hair care regime.
Rather than relying on expensive, commercial product for winter skin and hair care, several simple home remedies should be used to keep both the skin and hair soft and healthy.
- Drink many glasses of water to keep yourself hydrated. This helps in keeping the skin soft and supple and your hair shiny.
- Eat healthy. Make sure that your diet includes regular intake of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts
- Keep a humidifier in a heated room to maintain moisture levels
Moisture boosters for skin
Honey is an excellent moisturizer and can keep the skin soft and smooth. It can be used daily alone or a paste can also be made by mixing one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of milk and one teaspoon of egg yolk. This paste is applied to the face and after a few minutes, is washed off with lukewarm water. Banana paste with milk, oil or butter is another excellent moisturizer.
Application of a few drops of warm coconut or almond oil on wet skin every day after bathing is very effective in keeping the skin soft and moisturized.
Winter tan removal
The ultraviolet radiation from the winter sun damages and darkens the skin. To return the glow and rejuvenate the skin, a milk plus glycerine mask can be applied on the face for 10-15 minutes, and then rinsed off. Lemon juice is also helpful for tan removal.
Just like skin, hair becomes dry and dull. Frizzy and brittle hair break easily leading to hair fall during winter. Natural home remedies help keep the hair soft and lustrous.
To keep hair moisturized, hot oil treatment should be done on a weekly basis. Massage your scalp with warm coconut or olive oil for five to ten minutes and leave on for 1-2 hours before washing. Another option is to use egg white to combat winter dryness in hair. Of course, who can forget the traditional therapy of amla and shikakai? This pack can also be used twice a week for healthy, shiny, soft hair.
Steaming of hair with a hot, wet towel wrapped around the head is also effective in keeping hair moisturized. After washing, hair can be conditioned naturally with coconut milk or a combination of curd and lemon.
Dandruff is a major cause of hair fall during winters. Effective home remedies to tackle this problem include vinegar, neem, garlic and ginger juice. These should be applied on the scalp thoroughly and washed off after half an hour. Another option is to add baking soda to shampoo while washing hair. A twice weekly schedule will decrease dandruff and hair fall.