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Unique remedies to get rid of dandruff this winter

The most embarrassing thing that could happen is when you are dressing for an interview or a formal meeting, there is this urge to scratch to the itchy scalp which is also known as the cascade of white flakes which would follow onto the shoulders from which they are easily visible. Dandruff is a  medical condition that has managed to unite half of the population over the world beyond gender, age, and race.

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Here are some the remedies that you can look out to prevent dandruff this winter:

Do not oil hair and keep it for long

Applying oil to a dry itchy scalp area, may sound like heaven but it is exacerbating your dandruff condition, especially when you allow it to sit for a longer period of time.

Vinegar

Vinegar helps in treating itchy, dry skin and also helps in killing dandruff causing bacteria and fungus. The acidic content of vinegar is supremely beneficial to reduce the flaking.

Baking soda

It acts as a scrub and sheds of the scalp gently, without irritating it and damaging the skin cells.  Shedding is essential to ensure that there is no built up of the flakes on the scalp that can make dandruff more visible

Neem

All of us are aware that what role neem plays in almost all skin medications because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Since dandruff is attributed towards the fungal colonization of the scalp, it is just the perfect decision to turn towards this old age home remedy for skin ailments. The natural way is the best way to go.

Aloe vera

Not only aloe vera is cooling but it has antibacterial and antifungal properties that shed the scalp easily. It is best to directly extract from the aloe vera plant that is transparent and has a thick consistency. It can be applied on the scalp and then can be removed with anti dandruff or mild shampoo.

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4 Natural Ways To Keep Your Skin Moisturized In The Winter

There is no shortage of moisturizers available in stores that are the elixir for dry skin. Especially during winters, when your skin becomes susceptible towards itching, cracking and flaking. You can be tempted to unload those little (but expensive) bottles and jars that will take care of skin and the damaged tissues.

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These days the price of a moisturizer will make you make think twice before purchasing it. With the fancy packaging and marketing, celebrities endorsing it which add up the cost to your favorite moisturizer. In addition, these products can have side effects which can cause health problems like allergies. But  you can get the same moisturizing action without worrying about price and side effects.

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Natural Oils

There are bottles of pure, natural oils such as grapeseed and almond in many health stores. These bottles are simple and basic looking, but they don’t contain any extra chemicals and they offer the same benefits as the moisturizers do. Above all, you are getting a lot more from the product with a decent amount of money.

Olive Oil

If you really want to save money or don’t want to visit the store, then you can find a soothing oil right in the kitchen itself. Olive is a great natural moisturizer that can be used to soften your skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe reddened skin and rashes; there have been claims it can protect against skin cancer.

Edible Remedies

The kitchen has everything to offer when it comes to dry skin treatment. Some of the things that boost your skin health and appearance from inside also do when applied outside. The best products are honey and milk based products including yogurt and cream. When added to tea, honey acts as an antibacterial and antioxidant to boost your immune system to fight off seasonal bugs. When slathered around your face and body, left for ten to fifteen minutes and showered off, it offers exceptional smoothness and softness.

Water

The most natural element that will boost your skin by making sure that your body gets enough moisture inside and out.  Though this isn’t the time to drink plenty of water even though you might not feel as thirsty during the summers.

Beating Winter Blues

1374-beat-the-winter-bluesWinter is that time of the year when Chai with a plate of piping hot pakodas and Samosas or eating heavy carbohydrate rich food is what our body urges for. In our last edition we talked about the food that is recommended during winters to avoid the weight gain. But there are other aspects of health that need to be looked into in order to stay healthy during winter.

First let’s look what are some of the things that we do differently in winter. Comparing our lifestyle at the moment, to what it’s like in summer, there is a big contrast.

The things we do differently in winter

In summers most of us are very active; with a lot of time spent outdoors in the morning and evening. Whether it’s going for an early morning walk or a swim in the pool; kids and elders are elders are seen more often enjoying outside. Plus in summer most people drink more water and eat lighter foods.

In contrast, during winters it’s dark in the mornings and days are shorter. That’s a good enough reason to stay tucked in our blankets. It’s hard to get motivated to go for the normal walk and it’s much easier to spend the evening huddled on the couch, in front of the TV with the heater on.

To add to this – we face the winter woes where people start coming down with winter colds. Everyone is coughing and sneezing on the bus in the morning and work colleagues are either off sick or quite under the weather. It’s little wonder so many people spend the winter feeling tired, lethargic and constantly sick. This is also called as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD

If this is you, then a few small changes to your normal winter routines can make a huge difference and keep you well over winter.

1. Be active

Rather than staying inside and dropping all exercise, it’s better to at least maintain some level of activity:

  • If it’s too cold and dark to do your morning walk, then get out during your lunch-time for some sun-light. Stretch your legs for 20 minutes.
  • Office goers can take stairs instead of the usual elevator.
  • Avoid sleeping during day time as it promotes sluggishness

2. Drink and be hydrated

During summer we drink lots of water as the body clearly indicated that to us. However in winters- while our skin and body is hydrated we seldom feel thirsty. Also ,plain water doesn’t seem as attractive in winter.

But rather than dropping your liquid intake entirely, why not opt for tea, or keep those colds and flus at bay with a big pot of fresh ginger tea or green tea?

3. Nurture your health

It’s not a foregone conclusion that you’ll catch every single cold and virus that goes round. Instead, being well over winter is possible, but it involves looking after yourself. We had shared some food related tips in our last newsletter and it might be a god idea to look at them once again!