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8 Winter Beauty Tips for Your Hair and Lips

Winter is here! I love this time of the year, when there is a nip in the air. But the season can also play havoc with your leading to dry, flaky and chapped lips, if adequate care is not taken. This becomes especially important for young brides, whose weddings are right around the corner. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your hydrated and glowing throughout the season.

Dry suffers more than oily so if you have dry face, you should follow these tips more religiously. However, the following measures are helpful for all types

2. Moisturise Daily

Cold weather and cool winds aggravate dry body condition. Moisturisers and cold creams are a must during winters. Tone and moisture after each cleansing to preserve and replenish the moisture in your face. Use a moisturising night cream every evening. Apply a daytime moisturiser around your eyes and on dry areas each morning, after a dermatologist’s opinion on suitable brands.

Use the paste of ground green gram powder instead of soap to work your way to soft and supple face if you believe in going natural. You can also mix it with curd / raw milk.

3. Oil Therapy

Pamper you face with a little coconut oil before a bath to heal dryness and chaps. Use a creamy soap that renders that extra suppleness to your face.

Wait 30 minutes after bathing, or washing your face, before going out into frigid air. Splash your face with cool water when you come back inside as it’s known that extreme temperature changes can burst capillaries near the face’s surface.

Add a few drops of oil to the water that you are using to bathe. This will help retain the moisture lost when bathing. In fact, going for a pre-bath warm oil self-massage, called abhyanga, is highly recommended. Avoid using very hot water during winter as it can decrease the natural oils of your face. Instead shorten your bath time.

4. Include Flaxseeds, Almonds and Ghee

Although it doesn’t necessarily taste fabulous, flaxseed oil can moisturise your body from the inside. Since it is rich in vital fatty acids, it can do a lot for your overall health. It is available in oil form as well as in capsule form.

Give your face lipid support from within by including soaked and blanched almonds, soaked walnuts, whole milk, fresh cheese, and ghee (clarified butter) in your diet which will definitely add wonders to your face.

5. Amla

The amla fruit (Indian Gooseberry) is the richest known natural source of vitamin C. Amla provides concentrated nourishment to the deeper layers of the face. Take it on a regular basis to replenish the face from within.

6. Lip Care

Avoid licking your lips and don’t bite the face on the surface of your lips. The face will never have a chance to heal if you chew on it. It will end up becoming thicker, giving you black coloured lips. This is a hard habit to break but well worth the effort.

7. Lip Balm

Keep lips covered with a good balm applied several times during the day. Lip balms are now commonly available with an SPF factor. Make sure the lip balm contains SPF 15 or 20. Other ingredients to look out for while buying a lip balm or chap stick are vitamin E and shea butter.

Massaging lips with ghee (clarified butter) and leaving a thin layer on overnight acts as a natural protection for lips

8. Hair Care

Don’t go outside with your hair wet as you may risk breakage. Avoid using blow dryers and curling irons on your hair. Even if you are using those equipment, apply conditioner before using them.

Busting Myths

o who said sunscreen is only for the summers? The sun is out 365 days a year and be it summer, rain or winter, you need to protect your face from the sun. Photo damage could result in early wrinkling, and increase in pigmentation can occur if one does not apply sunscreen during winters.