Winter demands extra nourishment of skin and hair and hence, Shikhee Agrawal, head training at The Body Shop India, and Neena Chopra, director-beauty and technical, Just Herbs, share skin and haircare tips to keep in mind during the cold season.
Bath in lukewarm water: Hot showers always feel good in the winter, but try to use lukewarm water when you can, particularly, while washing your face or hands; it prevents the loss of oils from the skin and maintains the hydration levels of skin.
Apply moisturiser on damp skin: It helps seal dampness into the skin. Damp skin helps to trap water in surface cells, giving skin a nice dewy look and preventing evaporation by locking the moisture for long hours.
Drink water: Water plays a major role in keeping your skin cells hydrated, reducing the risk of chapping and peeling. It removes impurities from the body, which, when not well hydrated, can come through via your pores, causing blemishes.
Use natural products: They are always good for skin, use products rich in oils like sesame, castor and almond infused with pacifying herbs like bala, ashwagandha, shatavari, tulsi that help your body restore nourishment.
Minimise the use of shampoo: Shampoo cleanses dirt and products from hair, but excess use of it can drain the natural oil from your scalp that leaves your hair rough, frizzy and results in hair fall. Use shampoo that contains no chemical ingredients only once or twice a week for softer and healthier hair.
Oiling: A good hot oil massage can replenish the loss of moisture and natural oils, giving your scalp and hair sufficient nourishment. This will add a healthy shine as well.