Whipping winds, dry air, and chilly temperatures can really effect out soft skin and hair in winter.
Skin and Hair are meant for specific body functions. We lost body fur a while ago but we still have hair on our heads to keep the brain toasty and protected from occasional bumps. Skin is responsible for keeping the body cool, protecting it against germs and invaders (microbes and other foreign matter) and many other metabolic processes. To keep ourself healthy and safe, these tissues should be in good all the year long.
Cold air outside and central heat indoors can strip moisture from strands and pores making hair rough and skin itchy and dry. Cracked, flaky, irritated, or inflamed skin is normal during winter. If red, scaly, itchy skin lingers or is causing serious discomfort, be sure to visit a doctor; it might be a more serious dermatological condition like dermatitis, eczema, or athlete’s foot.
Hop in the bathwater having few drops of olive or grape seed oil and, or apply a thin layer of oil to the body after showering. A few cups of whole milk to bathwater can actually moisturize skin. The proteins, fats, and vitamins in moo-juice can help soothe rough skin. An oatmeal bath can make red, irritated skin feel better. Immediately after an oil/milk/oatmeal bath, apply plenty of thick cream or Vaseline for seriously damaged skin and crank up the humidifier before hitting the hay. Slathering on lotion within three minutes of stepping out of the bath or shower is most effective for trapping in moisture.
When outside in cold weather, the blood vessels cut off circulation to the nose and after coming inside the blood vessels dilate quickly, causing a rush of blood and bright-red color in the nose skin. Apply a warm compress to the skin for several minutes after coming indoors. Sometimes a winter cold and the tissues that come with it can make the nose raw and chapped. When the sniffles hit, use extra-soft tissues and blot the nose do not rub it. Apply a thin layer of moisturizing ointment or lotion to the sensitive area throughout the day.
Take the cooler, quicker showers to reduce the scalp exposure to drying hot water. Think about switching to dandruff or dry scalp specific shampoo. Before hopping in the shower, massage the scalp with Vitamin E, olive, or coconut oil. These oils replenish natural scalp oils and can moisturize dry hair, too. For fungal and bacterial infections like dandruff or athlete’s foot, tea tree oil is also a popular treatment .Wash the hair and skin scalp with tea tree oil daily to cure a dry, itchy head naturally. Sometimes, the issue can be caused by product build-up, not winter weather. Rinse the hair with apple cider vinegar to clear out the gunk and then wash normally with shampoo.
Keep lip balm in the pocket. If lips are flaky, take a clean toothbrush and very gently exfoliate the skin to remove excess skin. Slather on beeswax or a lip balm with lanolin and keep reapplying throughout the day. Lanolin is a natural moisturizer that softens skin and reduces evaporation, keeping the skin hydrated or apply some Crisco to lips. It is 100 percent vegan and very safe if ingested. For seriously dry lips, apply honey or Vaseline to the lips for 15 minutes and then remove with a cotton swab dipped in hot water.
Everyone’s hair is different; if washing once or twice a week is normal for you, consider adding sometime between shampoos to take dry winter conditions into account. Do not skip the conditioner. Skipping the shampoo and opting for a quick rinse and conditioning treatment works just fine to keep hair clean and moisturized. To prevent breakage or other damage, avoid blow-drying and brushing hair when wet because those locks are most delicate when waterlogged. If strands are really parched, comb hair with a few drops of olive oil and a wide-tooth comb after showering.
To prevent hands from drying out, apply moisturizer after hand washing throughout the day. If hands are very dry, use cream instead of lotion because the former has a higher oil-to-water ratio. Wearing rubber gloves while washing dishes can prevent hands from getting dried out due to excess contact with hot water. Use very thick hand cream right before bed and then slip on white cotton gloves (the enclosed space will help the moisturizer absorb into the skin).
A dried-out scalp produces fewer oils, which can make hair full of static. Do not totally depend on conditioner, and simulate natural scalp oils by combing a bit of vitamin E oil through the hair before bed to replenish moisture. Brushes with natural bristles help redistribute oils from the scalp to the rest of the hair and also conduct less static than plastic brushes and combs. Run a bit of lotion through strands or run an unscented dryer sheet over the hair before heading out the door. Stick to cotton hats.
The skin over high-pressure joints like elbows, knees, and heels is thicker to cushion the essential bones underneath. Exfoliate once or twice per week and moisturize every day. Combine a scoop of sugar, a few glugs of olive oil and a drizzle of lemon juice to make a quick scrub or halve a lemon, add a few pinches of sugar or salt, and rub the surface over rough skin. After exfoliating, rinse the skin and moisturize with a thick cream. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the area before bed. If none of the above treatments work, see a dermatologist for more specialized care.
Apply olive oil or lotion containing lanolin to nails before bed and sleep with gloves on to help aid absorption. A thin coat of clear nail polish can protect brittle nails from the environment. Add biotin rich foods (also called Vitamin B7) to the diet, vegetables and protein sources including nuts and fish are good ways to pack in enough of the vitamin.
Keep the core toasty warm with plenty of layers. Avoid tight garments or jewelry at joints (hands, ankles, and wrists) that could constrict blood flow.
Protect sensitive skin by layering on thick face cream with a high. If red windburn patches do not go away, apply a thin layer of one-percent hydrocortisone cream on irritated spots as needed.
Rough and Cracked Feet?
Exfoliate and moisturize feet at home. Scrub calluses with a pumice stone in the shower once per week to slough off rough, dead skin. Moisturize feet every day with thick cream lotions containing lactic acid and wear cotton socks to bed. Moisturizers are most effective when applied to warm, damp skin.
The lenses can protect eyes from glare and the wind. Keep a bottle of non-medicated saline tears or eye drops on hand and use it to refresh eye moisture when needed.
Switch to a milder face wash and a thicker moisturizer. Wash your face once a week with Greek yogurt (lactic acid works as a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliator). Bananas, avocado, egg yolk, and milk can all make great moisturizing face treatments. Whole grains and aromatic veggies contain selenium, a compound that gives skin the elasticity.