It’s that time of the year that we dread the most. Where Saturday afternoons spent at Neighbourgoods Market sipping on craft beer are now spent on the couch with a blanket sipping on tea. Where crop tops and short shorts are replaced with corduroys and polo necks (Okay, maybe not corduroys. That’s a fashion crime!)
This year’s winter promises to be one of the coldest if these past few days are anything to go by. Are you prepared for the cold? I’ve gotten my flue vaccine and some have already packed away the light summer clothes and brought out the boots and trench coats. For most, winter means dry skin and rough hair. Fear no more, LIVE has tips on how to protect your hair and skin this winter.
Your usual hair regimen may not be enough. Hair needs some extra loving in winter.
Natural Oils help keep your hair healthy through the harsh weather:
- Pomegranates are not only good for your skin, their seed oil helps protect dry and damaged hair. The punicic acid in it helps to revitalize and strengthen hair.
- Castor oil has some vital nutrients which are required for healthy hair. It helps to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth.
- Olive oil is more than just cooking oil. It’s made up of fatty acids that will help keep your hair healthy and protected.
- Amla oil (also known as Indian Gooseberry oil), this herbal oil can help fight hair loss and also delays premature graying.
Water is the only true moisturizer so apply heavy oils to damp hair in order to lock in the moisture.
Use shampoos and conditioners that aim to protect and heal your hair.
Wear hats to protect your hair out and also stay warm. Too much exposure to cold, harsh weather can leave hair brittle and dry making it more susceptible to damage.
Wrap your hair with a silk scarf when you go to sleep or sleep on silk pillowcases (this will also benefit your facial skin as the smooth fibers of silk help keep moisture close to the skin)
Protective styles, like braids/cornrows and Rihanna’s AMA doobie wrap, do not only help your hair grow, they can also help protect your hair against dryness and breakage.
Your skin is very important, it covers and protects everything inside your body. So it is vital to look after it.
Take warm showers/baths instead of hot ones and do not stay in the water for too long. (Add a few drops of grape seed oil or olive oil in your bathwater. This can help soothe rough skin.)
Replace the water based ointments with oil based ones. Oil based ointments retain more moisture on the skin.
Sunscreen is essential. The sun in winter can still damage your skin.
If you already have dry facial skin, avoid harsh peels and masks. Instead, try some homemade moisturizing face masks from your kitchen like bananas, avocados or yogurt.
HANDS AND FEET
There is nothing as unattractive as ashy, callused feet with cracked heels. Let’s not even talk about brittle nails.
Keep your hands moisturised and wear gloves when you leave the house.
Exfoliate at least once a week to cast off dead skin and apply petroleum jelly or glycerine while your feet are still damp. Wearing cotton socks can help lock in the moisture!
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