Blocked Hair Follicles: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Blocked Hair Follicles

If the hair follicles in your skin become blocked, a condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) or acne inversa is developed. At first, you may notice it as pimple-like bumps on your skin. It occurs near the hair follicles where sweat glands are there. It usually occurs in the areas where your skin rubs together. Not all pimple-like bumps that develop near the sweat glands are HS. The breakout will be a painful one that causes a mixture of red-pimple like bumps, cysts, blackheads, and scarring.

There is no cure for this condition. But a healthy lifestyle and effective treatment during the early stages may help improve the condition.

Causes or Risk Factors of Blocked Hair Follicles

The exact cause of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is unknown. As a result of blocked hair follicles, the lumps develop. Usually the condition occurs after puberty and there is less chance of its occurrence before puberty and after menopause; due to this reason many people think that hormones play a role. Compared to men, this condition is three times more common for women.

An overactive immune system can also be the reason. It is known that HS is not contagious and is not linked to poor hygiene. It is reported that one-third of the people with this condition are related genetically to someone else who has it.

Other possible causes of HS are:

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Being overweight
  • Hormone changes
  • Having acne
  • Having another inflammatory disease of the immune system, especially inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Heat
  • Sweating

Symptoms of Blocked Hair Follicles

The symptoms of HS range from mild to severe. It is a painful breakout that causes a mixture of red pimple-like bumps or boils, blackheads, cysts, scarring, and sometimes narrow channels that form under the skin that leak pus. It usually occurs in the places where your skin rubs together like armpits, groin, anus, inner thighs, and below the breasts.

The condition normally starts with a pea-sized lump that develops in one place. If these are untreated, larger lumps may develop and spread. For a man, it happens more on their genitals and around their anus. Sometimes it just comes and goes or stays the same. It might occur on the same spot every time, or may move around the body.

The symptoms can worsen if the condition is untreated, and you may tend develop:

  • Bumps that burst and leak pus
  • Scars that thicken
  • Infections
  • Deep painful breakouts that go away and come back
  • Tunnels, which are tracts that connect the lumps and form under your skin

The conditions will get even worse if you have triggering factors like stress, heat, hormonal imbalance, being overweight, and smoking tobacco. The symptoms may change quickly, which means that if you have bumps leaking pus in one week, the next week the area may be cleared up.

Treatment

There is no cure for this condition, this is a recurring condition that needs constant management. With the help of treatment, flares happen less often.

The treatment:

  • Reduces pain
  • Can prevent complications
  • Reduces the severity of breakouts
  • Can promote healing

Doctors may recommend antibiotics, antiseptic washes, retinoids, biologics, steroids, hormones, pain medications and zinc for the treatment. If the condition is severe, surgery may be performed to remove lesions that grow deep in your skin.

Some healthy lifestyle tips that help:

  • If you are overweight, then lose weight
  • If you smoke, then stop smoking
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes
  • Do not shave the affected skin
  • Avoid perfume or deodorants in the affected area
  • To drain the pus, hold a warm flannel on the lumps
  • Use an antiseptic skin wash or antiseptic soap

Once you notice painful breakouts that stay for weeks and appear in several locations on your body and return often, then consult a dermatologist. Early diagnosis is very important to make sure that effective treatment will be received and to prevent worsening of the condition. HS can be controlled with medicines in the early stages. Following a healthy lifestyle and the prescribed treatment can reduce the severity of the condition.

9 Natural Methods to Protect Your Tresses in Summer

Protect Your Tresses in Summer

We all know that the summer sun is bad for our skin and we take precautions to protect it. But do you also know that harsh sunlight is equally bad for your tresses too? Yes, summer is the most damaging season for the hair. The heat of the summer months can cause dry, rough hair, leaving it looking limp, dull, and lifeless. Overexposure to the sun rays causes weathering and oxidative damage to hair and makes it dry, brittle, and stiff. A healthy hair care routine can help protect your tresses in summer.

Here are 9 natural methods that you can adopt in your hair care routine.

  1. Cover up your hair: Wear a brimmed hat or cover your hair with a scarf when you step out in the sun. This provide extra UV protection to your hair and also help the scalp retain its moisture. Using a hat also reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling.
  2. Style your hair comfortably: It’s a fact that natural hair rules in the summer. Instead of tight hairstyles, that can be damaging especially if your hair is dry from the summer heat, opt for a loose, comfortable hairstyles styles. This would keep your hair under control and protect your hair from external damage.
  3. Give your hair an overnight treatment: Pamper your hair with an overnight treatment by applying a leave-in conditioner on your tresses from roots to ends and wrap a towel around your hair – leave it in overnight and wake up in the morning with soft, smooth hair.
  4. Don’t wash your tresses frequently: Keep washing your hair to a minimum, as frequent washing can strip it of its natural oils and cause it to become too dry. Also, don’t overdo shampooing your hair in summer. Use a mild shampoo and apply a rinse-out moisturizer to restore moisture and life in your tresses.
  5. Avoid chemical treatments: Hair dries out more easily in summer and is one of the main reasons for hair damage. To avoid this, make sure you limit your use of chemical hair treatments (coloring, straitening and so on) in the warm weather.
  6. Hair too needs some form of sunscreen: You might be very familiar with body and face sunscreens. However, for your hair protection, think about hair sunscreens too. You should use hair products with sun protection, especially if your hair is colored. Shield your hair with a hair care product that contains UV filters. Or else, as mentioned earlier, you can use a hat, scarf. or a large head band.
  7. Trim your hair: According to WebMD, hair grows faster in the summer because there are more hairs in the anagen phase or growing stage during late spring and summer than in the dead of winter. So, trim your hair to get rid of split ends and for a well-groomed look.
  8. Keep aside your hair- styling equipment: Reduce the usage of a blow dryer, s styling iron, and curlers, as too much of heat can harm your hair. Let your hair air dry after a wash.
  9. Stay hydrated and eat healthy: While following all the above tips to protect your hair from the sun, if you are not drinking enough water, you are not going to get any positive results. Staying hydrated and eating is also important for a healthy mane. Drink lots of water and also include as many fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet as you can.

Aloe Vera: 10 Ways to Use This Wonder Plant in Your Beauty Routine

Aloe Vera

Discovered in ancient Egypt, aloe vera has since been used as a healing treatment for burns, inflammation, irritation and other severe topical injuries. For this reason, it was considered a “plant of immortality”. Its antibacterial, soothing properties make it perfect for a variety of cures. As it also contains a plenty of valuable compounds such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc., this succulent plant has gained also popularity as an effective skin and hair care option.

Aloe vera is composed of triangular leaves that contain three layers, with the innermost layer containing 99 percent water and an abundance of beneficial nutrients. To use it in your daily beauty regimen, you can either use it in its natural form or buy aloe vera gel. If possible it’s always good to extract aloe vera gel naturally at home and make use of it, as it provides better results.

To extract gel from the aloe vera leaf, first wash to remove any dirt. Then stand it upright in a cup or bowl for 10-15 minutes (this will allow the yellow-tinted resin which can irritate your skin to drain out of the leaf). After the resin has drained completely, wash off any remains on the leaf and peel off the thick skin using a small knife or vegetable peeler. This will reveal the natural aloe vera gel. Scoop it out using a small spoon. You can either use the gel as it is or liquefy it in a blender before application.

Here are 10 ways to incorporate aloe vera in your beauty routine:

  1. Makeup remover: Many store-bought makeup removers can be harsh on the sensitive skin, especially around the eye, and dry it out. Natural aloe vera gel is a hydrating makeup remover that can even handle the toughest mascara without harming your skin.
  2. Skin care: Aloe vera is an excellent skin care product. Aloe vera gel has the ability to repair and rejuvenate skin. Aloe vera can help restore healthy skin affected by sunburn, acne scars or even just build up from a tough day of pollution and city lights.
  3. Skin toner: Many store-bought skin toners tend to dry skin out, whereas aloe vera gel helps to tighten the pores without drying out the skin. It also adds extra moisture to sensitive, dry skin.
  4. Moisturizer: If you’re looking for a natural moisturizer, aloe vera gel is the best option. Aloe gel can serve as a lightweight moisturizer as it can be absorbed quickly into the skin, and nourish and keep it hydrated.
  5. Shaving gel: For some shaving can really irritate the skin, and can also result in cuts if you aren’t careful. Applying aloe vera gel post-shave will soothe the skin, lock in moisture, and make it soft and smooth.
  6. Facial masks: Regardless of the type of skin you have–dry, oily or sensitive–applying aloe vera gel will leave it radiant and glowing. That’s why adding this magical ingredient to facial masks is an excellent idea. The antibacterial, antioxidant, anti inflammatory, and amazing medicinal properties of aloe vera can cure even the most stubborn skin problems. Here are some DIY facial masks with aloe vera gel for each skin type:
    • For oily/acne prone skin: Mix 1 tbsp aloe vera, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp honey and apply directly to a clean face and neck. Leave on until the mask is completely dry and rinse it off with warm water.
    • For dry skin: Mix 1 tbsp aloe vera, 1 tbsp fresh cream and 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (from Vit E capsule). Massage the mask into face and leave on for about 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Use it 2-3 times a week for super soft, hydrated skin.
    • For sensitive skin: Mix 1 tbsp aloe vera, 1 tsp yogurt and 1 tsp cucumber juice and apply directly to a clean face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off. Pat dry and follow up with a moisturizer.
  7. Brow gel: Dip a clean mascara wand in aloe vera gel and brush over brows to keep them in place.
  8. Acne fighter: The soothing properties of pure aloe vera make it a great option to treat inflammation. Apply pure aloe vera gel straight from the plant to your blemishes and leave it on; by the end of the day, your acne will have shrunk considerably.
  9. Leave-in conditioner: For a softer and smoother mane, use a DIY aloe vera gel leave-in conditioner. Get a spray bottle and mix aloe vera gel with olive oil and a few drops of Vitamin E oil. Spray to the scalp and ends of hair when it’s still wet for shiny hair.
  10. Makeup setting spray: Aloe vera can be used to make a natural makeup setting spray. Put 2-3 tablespoons freshly obtained aloe vera gel, 5 drops lavender oil, and 1 ½ cup of distilled water in a spray bottle. This natural setting spray can not only keep your makeup intact, but also control shine, prevent breakouts, and make your skin soft and smooth.

Overnight Beauty Tips to Wake Up With a Pretty Face and Body

Wondering how to wake up with a pretty face in the morning?

With increasingly hectic lifestyles, most people just don’t have much time to take care of their hair, skin, nails, eyes, lips and so on in the daytime. The good news is that adopting certain overnight beauty habits can rejuvenate your face and body even while you sleep and help you wake up with a pretty face.

Overnight Beauty Tips

Try these 11 overnight beauty tips to wake up looking refreshed and gorgeous:

  1. Clean and moisturize your face: Every single day, your face is exposed to pollution and harmful UV rays which can lead to unwanted breakouts and dry skin. Before you go to bed, make sure you cleanse your face and remove all the dirt and makeup. And apply moisturizer to hydrate your skin. This will make your skin look more youthful and radiant.
  2. Try overnight face masks: Overnight face masks are basically hydrating moisturizers that are meant to nourish your skin all night long. Use a suitable face mask at night and wake up with soft, moisturized skin.
  3. Use a silk pillow: A top recommendation for improving beauty sleep is to invest in a silk pillow. This can help prevent hair breakage and damage, and keep your hair soft and frizz-free. It is also believed that sleeping on a silk pillow can minimize facial wrinkles. Importantly, change your pillow cover frequently to prevent the oil or dirt from the hair or skin that is deposited on your pillow to be re-deposited on your face while sleeping.
  4. Pamper your feet: Applying Vaseline or a good foot cream and wearing socks can keep the moisture in and prevent cracks in your heels.
  5. Moisturize your lips: Like your skin, your lips too need hydration. Exfoliate your lips to remove lip makeup and the day-long accumulated dirt, and moisturize them with either almond oil or coconut oil. This will keep your lips moisturized, hydrated, soft, and supple. Use lip balm or petroleum jelly to heal chapped lips.
  6. Pamper your hands: For soft hands, apply a thick hand cream (or nourishing oil) on your hands, put on light cotton gloves, and leave on overnight. Pampering your hands overnight will leave them soft, moisturized and smooth in the morning.
  7. Use an eye cream: Use a good quality eye cream that suits your skin type to reduce wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes.
  8. Use extra pillow on your back while sleeping: This can prevent puffy eyes by helping the fluids around the eyes to drain out.
  9. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day: For dental beauty and health, make sure you brush and floss at least twice a day. So don’t forget to make this part of your bedtime beauty routine.
  10. For wavy hair, shower before bed: Shower your hair before bed and style your hair. Apply a light nourishing overnight hair formula on damp hair and braid your hair. If your hair is short, use a bandana to keep it off your face. After you wake up, undo the braids, run your fingers through your hair, and set it with hairspray for instant volume and texture.
  11. Grow your eyelashes: Let your lashes grow as you sleep by applying castor oil on them at night. Rinse off with warm water in the morning.

Do’s and Don’ts for Healthy Fingernails

Do’s and Don’ts for Healthy Fingernails
Nail care is important for health as well as for aesthetic reasons. The condition of your nails reflects your overall health, and caring for them is important as washing your hair and having a bath/shower because. Nail care doesn’t mean visiting the salon on a regular basis; all you have to do is include a combination of a well-balanced diet, a thoughtful beauty regimen, and good personal hygiene in your daily life. This will also give you salon-worthy nails at a fraction of the cost and chemical burden.

Here are the do’s and don’ts for healthy finger nails.

Fingernail care do’s:

Healthy habits to follow:

  • Practice good nail hygiene: Cutting and trim your nails, going around the tips in a gentle curve. Use appropriate tools such as sharp manicure scissors or clippers.
  • Keep your nails dry and clean: Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split nails and also cause bacteria to grow under your fingernails. Keep your nails dry and clean to protect them from fungi and bacteria.
  • Wear gloves: Your hands and nails can take a toll while washing dishes, using household cleaning chemicals, or pulling weeds in the garden. Using gloves can protect both the hands and the nails from the wear and tear that these common activities cause. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves.
  • Moisturize your nails and nail beds: Regularly moisturizing the hands and cuticle area of nails with oil or hand lotion can help prevent chipping, cracking, splitting and peeling.
  • Be cautious when doing office work: While in office, make sure you use tools to help you complete tasks, such as a letter opener to open mail or a knife or flat object to open cans. Putting extra, unnecessary pressure to your nails for these activities can make your nails crack. While typing, use the flat area of your finger pads on the keyboard instead of the tips of your nails.
  • Sterilize nail tools: Nail tools should be carefully cleaned and sterilized and nail files should be replaced regularly to prevent bacteria and microbes from occupying.
  • Treat ingrown and torn nails as soon as possible: To avoid infection, ingrown nails and torn nails should be treated immediately. You can either try homemade remedies or see a dermatologist.
  • Apply nail hardener: Applying nail hardener helps will keep your nails moisturized and prevents splitting.
  • Consider taking nutritional supplements: If you suffer from weak or brittle fingernails, then you might need zinc and biotin supplements. Often labeled “hair, nail and skin supplements”, these can strengthen your nails. Consult your doctor before you take them.

Fingernail care dont’s:

Don’t do the following:

  • Bite your fingernails: Nail biting is a common way to cope with anxiety or boredom, but it’s an unhealthy habit. It can lead to tiny openings in the skin, which can trigger an infection.
  • Cut, bite or pick at your cuticles: This can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Pull off hangnails: Carefully clip off hangnails. If you pull them off, you might rip live tissue along with the hangnail.
  • Use harsh nail care products. Nail care products such as nail polish remover that contain acetone is very harsh for your nails. So, limit your use of nail polish remover and when using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula.
  • Ignore inflammation, a strange growth, color or texture: Healthy nails will have a uniform color and consistency. If you notice an abnormal or unusual nail problem that doesn’t resolve on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist. These may be a sign of an underlying problem.
  • Peel off your polish: Peeling of nail polish also removes layers of actual nail. The right way to remove polish is to use an acetone-free formula nail polish remover.
  • Don’t soak nails for long periods: The longer soap or detergent is in contact with skin and nails, the greater the potential for damaging the nail and cuticle structure.

Following these basic rules can help keep your nails healthy and beautiful always.

10 Tips to Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage

10 Tips to Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage
Summer means spending time outdoors and enjoying the weather. At the same time, we know how the summer sun is bad for our skin and take precautions to protect it. But we ignore our tresses, which actually need protection just like as our skin does. Overexposure to the sun rays, chlorine water in swimming pools, and humidity can wreak havoc with your hair, causing limp hair, hair fall, dry or rough hair and sunburn on scalps. It is important to avoid over exposure to the sun and take steps to protect your hair while stepping outdoors. But caring for your hair doesn’t mean you need to avoid the pool or beach – just make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect your hair. Here are 10 tips to protect your hair from sun damage:

  • Shield your hair with a hair care product that contains UV filters.
  • Wear a brimmed hat when you step out. This will keep your strands from getting scorched, and also protect your scalp and ears, areas that are vulnerable to skin cancer.
  • Get rid of split ends by trimming your hair. This will give you a well-groomed look. According to WebMD, hair grows faster in the summer because there are more hairs in the anagen phase or growing stage during late spring and summer than in the dead of winter.
  • Hair dries out more easily in summer and is one of the main reasons for hair damage. To avoid this, make sure you limit your use of chemical hair treatments (coloring, straitening and so on) in the warm weather.
  • Don’t over-shampoo your hair in summer. Use a mild shampoo and apply a rinse-out moisturizer to restore some moisture and life in your tresses.
  • Remember not to shampoo before you go for a swim as this will rob your hair of all protective oils and make it more vulnerable to the chemicals and salt in the water. Instead, put on a leave-in conditioner and wear a swimming cap. After your swim, use a shampoo that contains ethylene tetra-acetic acid to remove any harmful effects of chlorine that the water may have.
  • Reduce usage of blow dryer, styling iron, and curlers, as too much of heat can harm your hair. Let your hair air dry after a wash.
  • One of the best ways to protect your hair while you step out is wearing a scarf or hat, or applying a leave-in conditioner with a sunscreen. However, make sure you wash your hair once you’re home.
  • If you have long hair, flaunt your tresses by trying out different ponytails, buns, and up-dos. These hairstyles are not only stylish but also are elegant and protect hair from external damage.
  • Pamper your hair with an overnight treatment. All you need to do is apply a leave-in conditioner on your tresses from roots to ends and wrap a towel around your hair – leave it in overnight and wake up in the morning with soft, smooth hair.

While following all these tips to protect your hair externally from summer sun, make sure you stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water and cool fluids will keep your hair and skin healthy and hydrated. Also include as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible in your diet.

Tips for Hair Care in the Spring

Tips for Hair Care in the Spring
When the season changes from winter to spring, people experience changes such as an oily scalp, a decrease in hair volume due to higher temperatures, and more.  It is critical to adjust your hair regimen to the changes in the weather and climate. Spring is considered a good season to nourish your hair and care for it. Here are some tips to protect your hair in the spring.

Minimize shampoo

To restore your hair’s natural luster and lock in the moisture, consider co-washing or using only conditioner without shampoo. Choose the right conditioner to suit your hair type. Experts recommend using shampoo only twice a week to cleanse the scalp. Also, minimize using hot tools to dry and style your hair as these can cause a lot of damage. Try drying your tresses naturally.

Try a hair mask

Hair masks play a key role in treating scalp issues such as itchiness or dryness and restoring dry or damaged hair follicles. Different types of masks with natural ingredients are available on the market. Choose the product that suits your hair type. It would be great if you could prepare your own mask at home and apply it once a week.

Use the right products

Make sure to choose quality products based on your hair’s texture and natural state. While women with dry hair can consider a hydrating shampoo, those with oily and fine hair should avoid shampoos that have moisturizing or deep conditioning properties.

Trim your hair

After the dry winter, you locks need rejuvenation. Trimming helps avoid dry and split ends. Trimming also helps to make it easier to care for your hair. Cutting just half an inch can remove split ends make your hair look and feel healthy.

Eat right

Make sure to include hair-healthy foods in your diet such as walnuts and other foods rich in protein and Vitamin E omega-3 fatty acids. Wear a hat when you go outdoors to protect your hair from harmful UV rays.

8 Tips to Make Your Skin Glow this Valentine’s Day

Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is around the corner and you are likely making plans to look your best to impress your partner. But as you plan for that perfect evening, are you also paying attention to your skin? This is very important if you want to look radiant Here are 8 tips that can help you get glowing skin in time for Valentine’s day.

  • Maintain a basic skin care routine: This is very important tip that you should follow without fail. A basic skin care routine consists of three steps: cleansing, toning and moisturizing (CTM). Following the basics can help prevent many skin conditions and will keep your skin looking clean and fresh.
  • Regular moisturizing is a must: The key to glowing and healthy skin is moisturizing. Apply moisturizer to damp skin for better penetration and hydration. If you have dry skin, look for a water-based moisturizer for a boost of hydration, and apply it after cleansing morning and night.
  • Don’t forget to scrub: The skin tends to get dull over the time and to overcome that, exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, exfoliate your skin once a week to get rid of inflammation and blemishes. Exfoliation will buff away the dead skin cells and also encourage new cell growth that helps to give your skin that extra glow. You can avoid side effects by using natural products such as coffee, oats, sugar, salt and so on as scrubs. Don’t scrub your face at night, as this can make your skin extra prone to tanning the next day.
  • Drink more water: Keep your skin hydrated by drinking at least 6-7 glasses of water a day. This will help prevent inflammation and blemishes and also provide other necessary nutrients such as oxygen to the cells. Following this skin care tip is helpful not just for V-day, but in the long run too, as it will prevent premature aging.
  • Apply a face mask once a week: Applying a face mask made of natural products can renew lackluster winter skin and make it glow. Choose a face pack that is suited for your skin type.
  • Apply sunscreen: Whenever you step out, do make sure you apply a good sunscreen as exposure to sunlight increases risks of skin damage.
  • Use a Vitamin C serum: Serum is a skincare product that delivers powerful ingredients directly into the skin and targets specific skincare concerns like wrinkles, dark spots, dry skin or pigmentation. Vitamin C serum contains citric acid which improves the blood circulation, detoxifies the skin, evens the skin tone, and even reduces the melanin component in your skin. Choose a serum that will give your skin all the pampering it needs.
  • Get enough sleep: Getting adequate sleep is important to skin health. When you sleep, the body works to remove dead blood cells and produce new blood cells. Getting sufficient sleep is important to prevent dark circles, breakouts, and mood swings.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

8 Winter Care Tips to Keep Your Lips Soft and Supple

National Drug and Alcohol Facts WeekCold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which robs the skin of its natural moisture every second of every day. While we usually take steps to avoid damage to our skin and hair in winter, we tend to neglect our lips. The skin on your lips is very thin and has no oil glands to prevent them from chapping. The combination of cold weather and low humidity levels results in dry air and can lead to dry, flaky and chapped lips. All you need to do to take proper care of your lips is give this some extra attention in your daily beauty regimen. Here are 8 winter care tips to keep your lips soft and supple:

  1. Hydrate from within: What you see on the outside is a reflection of what’s happening inside. Maintain a healthy diet and drink lots of water. Eat food which is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C as this would help to repair the skin tissues and increase collagen production to keep your skin and lips supple.
  2. Exfoliate: Just like your skin, your lips too need exfoliation to get rid of dull and flaky skin. Regular exfoliation will speed up the process of skin renewal and help you achieve soft and pink lips. Beauty experts recommend natural ingredients for exfoliation. Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of sugar, apply this thick mixture on your lips, and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Then, rinse it off with cold water. Take care not to overdo the exfoliation.
  3. Moisturize: After exfoliating your lips, moisturize them. Use either a lip balm that has petrolatum, essential oils or glycerin (these ingredients keep your lips protected for longer period of time) or a homemade moisturizing mask. Such masks can be made from common ingredients found in your kitchen, such as olive oil, honey and milk cream. Simply apply the pack on your lips, or mix it with glycerin and apply it before going to bed to get softer lips in the morning.
  4. Don’t lick your lips constantly: Many people lick their lips to make them moist, but this actually makes them more prone to dryness. The enzymes in saliva that are meant to digest food would be too harsh on your delicate lips.
  5. Lip care at Bedtime: Nighttime is the best time to let your lips stayed moisturizing all day long in cold months, so make sure you use a heavy or hydrating lip cream or some petroleum jelly before you sleep. Your body is at rest during this time and tends to repair itself. The lips suck the balm throughout the night that basically keeps alive the pout for hours at daytime. If you need a natural moisturizing element for your lips at night you can use cream, raw milk, ghee (clarified butter) or pure honey (Honey is a natural humectants and antioxidant to moisturize, protect and make the lips healthy).
  6. Keep a lip balm handy: The most effective way of treating dry lips in winter is by using a lip balm to keep them moisturized. Always carry a lip balm with you and apply it when your lips feel tight.
  7. Avoid lip balms that contain camphor, eucalyptus and menthol: These ingredients tend to promote more dryness on the lips, making the problem worse.
  8. Avoid smoking: Quit smoking. Smoking not only impacts health but is also harmful to lip and mouth skin, as it leaves a black stain on the lips and teeth.

7 Tips to Prevent Winter Hair Damage

Cold weather can damage your hair badly, so you need to take special care of your tresses in winter. The plummeting of the temperature in the winter months can put your hair and scalp under a lot of stress and lead to split ends and breakage.

Hair Damage“People tend to forget that the wintertime can be just as potentially damaging to the hair as the summertime”, says celebrity colorist Abby Haliti in a Fox News report.

Taking a few precautions can help you outwit the troublesome elements and help you maintain a healthy and fabulous mane all year long.

  • Don’t go outdoors with damp hair: Avoid going outdoors with damp, wet hair. Anything that’s cold expands and the same happens with your wet hair in cold weather, increasing risk of breakage and making your color fade faster. The best solution is to wash your hair at night before going bed so that it’s dry by morning. If you use a blow dryer, dry the undermost layers first.
  • Be attentive to indoor temperature: The combination of winter’s chill and dry central heating can be extremely dehydrating. Keep indoor temperature moderate, as high temperatures can cause dry, dull or brittle hair. As a HuffPost article points out, extreme temperatures, both cold and hot can rob your strands of moisture, causing hair to become dehydrated and leading to frizz, dullness and ultimately, breakage.
  • Don’t wash your hair often and avoid hot showers: Hot showers can dry out hair and make it porous, and also damage the scalp. In winter, keep washing your hair to a minimum to prevent it from becoming too dry.
  • Lock in extra moisture with an appropriate moisturizer: To protect against cold weather damage and add hydration back to your hair, use a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Some experts recommend including a nourishing oil into your weekly haircare routine to help restore moisture.
  • Avoid over-styling: Don’t use tools like hair dryers and curling irons in winter as the heat can dry out your hair and scalp, increasing the risk of damage.
  • Cover Up: Cover your hair with a hat or head wrap to shield it from the harsh weather. Using a woolen or silk wrap will help avoid hair breakage. Make sure that it’s not too tight or else it will restrict the circulation in the scalp.
  • Pay attention to your diet: To keep your hair and scalp looking and feeling healthy, eat healthy. Eat natural foods rich in oils, minerals and vitamins. Maintaining a healthy diet will help your hair healthier and also improve your general well-being in winter. Make sure your diet includes plenty of Vitamin C, A, E, as well as iron and selenium, which can be found in a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and cereals. This will boost your immune system and help fix winter hair damage that may occur.