With winter on in full swing, it’s that time of the year to think of ways to protect your skin and hair from the cold.

Perhaps your skin and hair are looking great now, but if you don’t take care of yourself, things could go horribly wrong. And you certainly wouldn’t want to celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year with dry skin and rough hair!

If you’re already having trouble with the cold, you can use a few tips from here to get the glow back on your face.

Itchy Scalp

A dry, itchy, and flaky scalp is a common problem once the atmosphere turns cold and dry. Not only is it uncomfortable, it's also embarrassing. You wouldn’t want your co-workers or friends to catch you scratching your head repeatedly nor would you want anyone to see dandruff flakes in your hair or on your shoulders.

If you haven't switched over to an anti-dandruff shampoo already, you need to do so now. You can also try shampoos formulated especially for dry scalps. Remember to take quicker showers so that your scalp isn't exposed to heat for long.

It's advisable to massage your scalp with tea tree oil, coconut oil, or olive oil . Leave on for around 15 minutes and then shampoo as usual. Be sure to rinse your hair and scalp thoroughly; not doing so could be one of the reasons why your scalp is dry and flaky.

Rough Hair

Shampooing strips the hair and the scalp of natural oils. As such, shampoo your hair once or twice weekly, or every other day. Remember that hot water though tempting, can cause a lot of damage to your skin and hair. So always use lukewarm water to bathe or shampoo.

Don't forget to use a conditioner on your hair. You need to keep your hair moisturized to prevent it from getting static. Use a brush with natural bristles to avoid creating static. Rubbing a bit of lotion through the hair strands will help reduce static as will running a dryer sheet over your hair. Wear head gear that is made from natural materials like cotton or wool to keep static at bay.

Furthermore, avoid subjecting your hair to stress by using curling irons and other styling tools. If using a hair dryer, switch to the low heat setting and hold it a distance from your scalp and hair.

If you have split ends, get your hair trimmed about every ten weeks. Never leave the house with a wet head as doing so can lead to hair strands breaking easily. Moreover, if your hair freezes, it becomes more prone to breakage.

Dry Skin

As mentioned, hot water can do more harm than good to your hair and skin. Use lukewarm water to bathe and then apply moisturizer all over the body to keep the moisture in.

  • Another common problem in winters is cracked heels. Go for a luxurious pedicure or simply exfoliate and moisturize your heels at home. After a nice warm shower, scrub the dead skin away using a pumice stone.

Use a thick cream, preferably one with lactic acid to moisturize your feet. Before going to bed, moisturize feet and put on a pair of socks to let the moisturizer soak into your skin.

  • Don't forget the skin on your elbows, knees, and heels. These areas have thicker skin to protect the joints. Dry, scaly skin in these areas can cause irritation and is also very unattractive.

Exfoliate these areas at least once weekly and moisturize with a thick cream every day. You can use a loofah to slough off dry skin cells or use a halved lemon and a pinch of salt or sugar to scrub the skin.

  • The skin on your face is much different than that on the rest of your body. It is also the part of your body that will be most exposed to the elements than the others.

Avoid face products that contain alcohol as they can dehydrate your skin. Use a mild face wash and a good moisturizer. Choose a moisturizer depending on your skin type; you want your skin to look fresh and hydrated, not oily. If you’re unsure of buying a product, you can try using freebies first.

  • Chapped lips can make life hell. Always keep lip balm with you when you step out of the house. Keep re-applying as and when needed.

If lips have become excessively chapped, avoid using lipstick and/or lip liners. Use a lip balm with lanolin extract or beeswax to keep lips hydrated. You can also use petroleum jelly for the same.

And lastly,

Eat Healthy

Eating a healthy diet that meets your daily nutritional needs is important to keep your skin and hair healthy. Eat foods rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E to help repair your skin and keep it glowing. Such foods include leafy greens, and yellow or orange fruits and veggies.

Foods such as fish and nuts that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help protect skin from sun damage, reduce inflammation, and reduce the risk of cancer. Selenium in certain fish can preserve the elastin component of your skin and keep it smooth and supple.

Additionally, drink enough water throughout the day to keep skin and hair hydrated. Avoid smoking and/or consuming a lot of alcohol as doing so dehydrates the body. Smoking can also lead to dry, chapped lips.


While winter can wreak havoc on your skin and hair, it isn’t difficult to take care of yourself. With the tips provided here, you’re sure to look radiant all through the season!