Winter Tips for Skin and Hair Care

The winter is hard on your skin — cold weather, dry wind and bright sunlight all add up to one tough season. Your normal skincare regimen is not quite enough. Boost your routine with these tips, courtesy of skin therapist Shahnaz Husain.

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absWhen temperature drops, skin gets drier. The temperature difference between the cold outdoors and the dry, warm indoors also causes evaporation of the skin’s natural moisture, which can cause you to experience patches of oily and dry skin. Skin reacts differently in the winter for different individuals, but generally, many experience their skin becoming extra sensitive, drying and peeling off.

Skincare Tips for winters
*Mix one teaspoon each honey and orange juice with egg white. Apply on the face, to make it soft and smooth. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Suits all skin types.

*Fruit Mask for all skin types: Fruits like banana, apple, papaya and orange can be mixed together and applied on the face. They should be mashed or made into a pulp. Keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash off with water.

*For dry skin : mix together 1 ripe avocado, with one teaspoon olive oil and egg yolk. Apply on the face and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash off. Avocado moisturises and nourishes the skin. Olive oil nourishes and softens the skin and also restores the normal pH balance. Egg yolk nourishes the skin and makes it soft.

*Take one tablespoon choker (wheat bran), one teaspoon each orange peel powder and curd and one tablespoon aloe vera gel. Mix together and apply on the face, washing it off after 30 minutes.

*To moisturise oily and acne prone skin, mix half teaspoon pure glycerine with 100 ml rose water and keep in an airtight bottle. Apply a little of this lotion to relieve dryness.

*Add 5 drops each of jojoba oil, coconut oil and rose water. Apply on the face after cleansing. It nourishes, moisturises and tones the skin.

Haircare Tips :
*For extremely dry and damaged hair : mix together a little olive oil and the yolk of an egg. Apply this on the hair. Tie an old scarf on the head and leave the mixture on for an hour. Then, shampoo the hair, using a mild shampoo.

*Hair Rinse: Beer makes a good rinse for dry hair. After shampoo, add the juice of a lemon to the beer and rinse the hair. Wait for a few minutes and wash off with plain water.

*To nourish dry hair: Beat an egg with a cup of milk. Rub the mixture into the scalp and leave it for five minutes. Afterwards just rinse it with water. Do this twice a week.

*For dry, damaged hair with split ends: First cut off the split ends. Once or twice a week heat pure coconut oil or almond oil and apply on the scalp and hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times.

*For dry hair in winter, mix one tablespoon almond oil, the juice of a lemon and one tablespoon aloe vera gel. Apply on the hair and wear a plastic shower cap. Wash the hair after half an hour.

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