Hi guys!

So we’re back to that time of the year when the cold winds take over and literally everyone around you has a cold! The temperature outside drops, the air becomes frigid and the indoor heating does nothing to help your skin and hair. As much as I love winter, I seriously dislike the impact that it has on my skin and hair. My skin becomes dry and parched and my hair, lets not even get to how brittle it becomes all thanks to the constant heating. Though this weather barely lasts for a couple of months, it does enough damage to my body that I spend the next ten months covering up for all of it.

Anyway, this year I have decided to take prior action and winter proof my hair and skin. It’s nothing much. Just simple tips to guide you through this season –

Skin Care

    1. As long as you do not have extremely oily skin, you are bound to face skin dryness. Since the skin on your face is very sensitive, its essential to moisturise it several times a day with an oil based moisturiser. Make sure you moisturise the rest of your body as well. Use a thick body lotion such as Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. It’s been very helpful for me in the past. I like to apply some to my feet every night, cover them with socks before sleeping to wake up to beautiful and supple feet. Also, make sure you moisturise your hands well since the skin on your hands is the thinnest and has fewer oil glands than any other part of your body.

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2. The winter sun can be harsh on your skin, more so if you have dry or sensitive skin. Just because its winter and you need the heat of the sun to make you feel better, its not an excuse to skip out on using a sun block. Make sure you cover your skin with a good sunblock at least 20 minutes before you step out in to the sun. Also, keep reapplying every couple of hours if you’re planning to spend a while outdoors.

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3. Avoid bathing with really hot water. As good as it feels, it will end up drying your skin causing dry patches all over your body. Do moisturise after your shower to ensure that your skin stays smooth. Ensuring good health for your skin also slows down the development of wrinkles so its a win-win!

Hair Care

  1. Yes ladies! Not only does the cold weather damage your skin but also your scalp. Even if you have an oily scalp, you will notice that you need to shampoo less often during the winters as compared to any other time of the year. That is cause the scalp too becomes dry and to add to that, you might face dandruff issues as well. Dandruff is basically dried skin that turns into flakes but gets stuck in your hair strands. In order to ensure a dandruff free scalp all winter, make sure that you oil your scalp regularly during the season. Try the anti – dandruff oil by Kronokare. It’s very easy to apply and you just have to massage it into your scalp and leave it in for 10 – 15 minutes before you wash it out. Make sure you do this once – twice a week to ensure a healthy scalp.

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Irrespective, do oil your hair at least once a week with a good, nourishing oil such as coconut/almond or even olive oil to ensure a healthy scalp.

2. Conditioning is the key to maintaining good hair. In addition to conditioning your scalp with oil, condition your strands with  a good quality deep conditioner at least once a week to ensure shiny and healthy strands. More if you have chemically treated hair. There is a whole range of good deep conditioners by L’Oreal that you can try out. Since I have coloured hair, I use the Vitamino Colour Hair mask by L’Oreal. You can also try the Absolut Repair collection by the same brand if you have very dry and chemically treated hair.

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 3. If your hair is prone to split ends, make sure you cover your head before stepping out. The cold wind can cause hair breakage and lead to more unsightly split ends. Always use a serum to settle your hair strands and to keep them relaxed and healthy. I personally use some form of argan oil to keep my strands moisturised and soft.

Make Up

  1. Okay a lot of girls use a compact powder as base. Girls. Avoid using that in the winter as your make up base especially if you have dry skin. You do not want patches of powder showing up like cakes on your face! Stick to using a moisturising foundation such as a liquid one or a cream based one. If you have oily skin, use an oil free foundation as your make up base. You can set it with a hint of compact powder if you’re prone to oily patches as in the case of oily or combination skin.
  2. Use a blusher to add some colour to your skin as well. Also, it helps to wear warm shades of eye shadow to make your eyes appear more engaging. Do keep your lips moisturised with a nice lip balm.

All in all, drink plenty of water, eat lots of yummy protein, get rid of the heater and get a humidifier instead.  Also, give yourself some love and quit smoking. Not only does it damage your lungs, it also ruins your skin. Sleep well and moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Hope you have a good winter this year! Till the next one 🙂 x