Winter Beauty Care - by Editor

Winter Beauty Care

Chapped lips, dry hair, split ends, dry, itchy skin� all this and more is often wrought upon us every winter. Here are tips on how to ensure your hair and skin stays soft, supple and well moisturised during these months.

Lips

Dry, cracked and chapped lips are a common winter complaint, and severe cases of chapped lips can be very painful, not to mention unattractive. What�s worse is that lipstick makes cracks stand out even more instead of concealing them. However, chapped and peeling lips can be cured within a couple of days. Apply lip balm generously and bush your lips gently with a soft toothbrush until the flakes have dislodged. Apply another coat of lip balm, and skip the lipstick unless it is richly moisturising. Matte lipsticks dry out lips, so steer clear of them. Brushing lips with a toothbrush also plumps them up and makes them look fuller and sexier, so do this every morning before stepping out.

Almond oil makes for a great lip moisturiser. Simply apply some almond oil to lips before turning in for the night. You could also heat grated beeswax and almond oil and mix them together. You could also add Vitamin E oil to this mixture.

Skin

Skin often goes dry in the winter, but can return to normal within a week. When you splash water on your face, make sure it�s not hot water as hot water uses up the skin�s moisture. Cold water on the other hand stirs up circulation, temporarily closes large pores and brings a glow to the face, so splash cold water on your face a couple of times a day. However, skip washing your face with a face wash and instead opt for a gentle, cream cleanser. Make sure you use an alcohol-free toner and follow up with a thick moisturiser which contains collagen, lactic acid or urea. It is best to apply moisturiser on damp skin, as this locks in the moisture. Similarly, apply body lotion to your skin immediately after a shower, when your skin is still damp and you have not yet completely wiped it dry. Scrub your face once a week in the winter before applying moisturiser as this removes dead skin from the top and allows the moisturiser to reach the bottom layers of skin.

At times excessively dry skin can start itching. This happens when the skin develops cracks due to dryness, and bacteria and other irritants enter these cracks. These cracks are so fine that they are invisible to the naked eye, so if your face starts itching don�t expect to see a cracked up face in the mirror! Calamine lotions soothe itchy skin, as do aloe vera lotions. If itching is severe you could try applying Benadryl creams, which temporarily control the itching.

Hair

Winter is often accompanied by dry hair, an increase in split ends, more static in the hair and more frizzies. Your hair requires not just conditioning but a deep conditioning treatment. For an at-home, do it yourself deep conditioning treatment, try this: Apply conditioner generously to your hair, cover your head with a shower cap and wash off after an hour, or leave on overnight and wash off in the morning. You could also steam your hair after applying the conditioner, and then wash it off after half an hour. Conditioner works better than oil because it is easier for conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft. Oiled hair is most benefited if hair is steamed after applying oil.



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Name: Manisha
City:   mumbai
Comments:   My skin often goes dry in the winter. Thanks, to this wonderful article. This article have solved my problem.
Name: deep
City:   canada
Comments:   i have real long hair, and its crazy with static when i wanna leave it down. i even tried putting in conditioner, but still staticy. anyone know of home remedies to help with this staticNULL plz help thanks
Name: vidya
City:   s'pore
Comments:   Can u suggest some fast home remedy for cracked heels!
Name: archana sarswat
City:   churu [raj]
Comments:   i have short hair and dry hair plz u help me knew of home remedies to help with this statice plz help thanks
Name: sadia
City:   hydearabd
Comments:   vidya, the solution 4 ur problem of cracked heels is, at night before sleep wash ur feet with a good soap & then dry them with a towel then apply white patroleum jelly & then wear socks ..... do it daily at night.
Name: mania
City:   far away
Comments:   does any one know any home remedies for lip balms coz lip balms from the shop done work no matter how expensive they areNULL
Name: Manal
City:   Beirut
Comments:   Best tip i can give u for winter dryness if oil... Baby Oil and palmers cocoa butter oil are my two faves, after taking my bath, i sparingly apply one of the two from neck to toes on a still damp body as this traps moisture as well... my mum taught me that,,,im in my 2os and still using that tip... ur skin is moisturizedm soft and supple and glowing all at the same time....
Name: kelsey
City:   somewhere
Comments:   for frizzy or staticy hair rub an unscented dryer sheet on your hair.
Name: sinthu
City:   kuala lumpur
Comments:   my hair always droping and my hair become too dry. give my suggestion to overcome the problem.
Name: vaishali
City:   Indore
Comments:   useful tips. i will apply these tips.
Name: nusee
City:   lagos
Comments:   i have dry skin and i need craem that can soften it and shinny
Name: LAVANYA
City:   chennai
Comments:   how to avoid hairloss?... i have oily hair... i use dove hairfall therapy and johnson and johnson baby shampoo alternatively and use normal coconut oil only but the hairfall rate is high...PLS HELP ME OUT....
Name: xandra
City:   Tamil Nadu
Comments:   Useful tips
Name: addie
City:   chennai
Comments:   Click more beauty tips on bharatmoms
Name: DC
City:   ny
Comments:   My hair had been very dry and brittle due to the winter weather, and I had tried everything from hot oils, to cholesterol, to mayonnaise, to reconstructive therapies. None of it was helping, and since I blow dry and flat iron my hair, I really needed some help. I bought the entire line of Hydrate products from Shielo Hair Care (Hydrate Shampoo, Hydrate Conditioner and Hydrate Sealing Mist), and with JUST ONE USE ends are no longer frizzy and dry, and my hair is silky. The Hydrate Sealing Mist is very light, so it doesn´t leave your hair feeling greasy. I am a believer of these products, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has dry damaged hair!!!

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