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How to combat dry skin in winter
Dry skin can make your skin look older than it is, and look and feel unattractive. Nothing beats that wonderful smooth skin feeling when your skin is glistening, moisturised and soft. You not only feel better but look better too.
The cold winter months can be hard on the skin, and many people find they suffer from dry and flaky skin as we tend to be in a constantly heated environment and the weather outside is cold and windy. Both these factors can be quite damaging on the skin.
When you find that when you wear your tights the static is more noticeable, your feet look dry and feel hard and your outer skin layer visibly peels, its time to take action.
- One of the most important things is to maintain moisture in your skin. The cause of dry skin is not always lack of oil produced by the skin, but could also be that there is not enough moisture trapped in your skin.
- One of the best ways to trap moisture is by generously applying a light body oil, when your skin is still slightly damp after having a shower. This is a fabulous way of retaining moisture and will keep your skin supple and soft throughout the day. So as soon as you are out of the shower, towel dry your body very lightly and massage in botanical oils such as Jojoba, Rosehip, Sweet Almond, Coconut or the Fushi unfragranced oil blend with over six wonderfully nourishing oils. Not only will this deeply moisturise, but it will nourish and replenish hungry dry skin with vitamin E and antioxidants. What’s great is you can add a few drops of aromatherapy oil to the body oil of your choice, and customise a fragrance that you like most.
- Avoid using harsh soaps and showering or bathing too often. Many mainstream shower products contain chemical detergents that strip the skin of its natural oils, and contributes towards dry, rough skin. Try and use a natural wash or natural shampoo. Another good tip is to use a bath sponge and use very little of the actual product as the sponge will help create extra foam.
- If possible try to use a humidifier in your home and at work, during the winter months.
- Foods that can help dry skin are foods that contain essential fatty acids, try to include these in your diet everyday. Oils such as Flax Seed oil and Hemp Seed oil are full of EFA’s and help keep the skin smooth and healthy by nourishing it from within. Include high fibre snacks such as figs, dates, dried fruit, raw seeds, and raw nuts.
- Use a natural cream moisturiser daily for dry and normal skin. For people who have sensitive skin, try and use a moisturiser without lanolin or perfume for best results.
- Even with hair care, certain shampoos containing harsh chemicals often deplete the natural oils on your scalp causing the skin to become irritated and dry. Fushi Scalp Soother Shampoo contains no chemicals whatsoever and is excellent for soothing dry flaky and irritated scalps. Try switching to a natural shampoo that contains no harsh chemicals to help protect your scalp.
- Drinking lots of water helps keep your skin hydrated from the inside. Warm water is recommended highly in Ayurveda, especially for the winter months.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks