With the onset of drier and cold weather, you may experience what is called a "Winter Rash." A winter rash can occur on the scalp and skin as the skin loses too much moisture due to cold, dry air. Itchy skin, tightness of the skin, and flaking scalp are typical symptoms of moisture loss. Fortunately, making just a few adjustments to your hygiene routine and the products you use can make a difference in as little as a few days. Let me explain.
- Stay hydrated. Heated homes and offices, along with cooler temperatures, zap moisture from your skin and scalp. Be sure to drink adequate amounts of water. Nutritionists and health professionals suggest we need half our body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 150 pounds, you need 75 ounces of water daily.
- Cover your skin and hair as much as possible. Protecting your skin and scalp from moisture loss in cold weather is essential to prevent winter rash. Wrapping your hair with a satin-lined cap or scarf will keep much-needed moisture in the hair and scalp. Wear long sleeves, tights or hose, on your legs. Cover your neck when out in cold weather.
- Turn down the temperature in the shower. As good as it feels to take a steamy hot shower, during the cold season, it's a bad idea. Hot baths and showers break down your skin's natural moisture barrier. Without the protection of your natural moisture, you risk inflammation, itching, redness, and dry, flaky, aging skin.
- Avoid blow-drying your hair. Heat is not your friend during the winter, especially when it comes to your scalp and hair. A hot hair dryer extracts moisture from your scalp. Moisture loss will cause an itchy, flaky scalp, breakage, and hair loss. If you must use a dryer, use it on a medium to low heat setting.
- Add the essential fats (EFA) to your diet. Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are called essential fats for a reason. Mainly, your body cannot make them, so you have to get them from your foods. Without them, your skin loses the ability to produce sebum, the skin's natural oil. In this article, Natural Skin Care: The Skinny on Fats, the author shares how you can easily include EFA's in your diet.
- Moisturize your skin with lavish plant-based butter and oils. The best time to moisturize for maximum absorption is while your skin is damp. Avoid over-drying your skin with a towel and apply GreenSistah™ Botanicals Raw and Organic Shea Butter or Organic "Aroma Shea from head to toe. The naturally occurring vitamins and nutrients present in raw shea butter are essential workers for your skin.
- Oil your scalp. Winter rash will wreak havoc on a dry scalp. When your scalp is dry, your hair will be susceptible to damage as well. GreenSistah™Botanical's plant-based hair care line can handle the job of keeping your scalp hydrated. Just like Momma always said, "three to four times a week, you need to put some oil in that head, and put a stocking cap on it." These days we want to put a satin cap on it, but don't tell her I said so. Also, you want to use moisture-enhancing shampoo and conditioner to maintain a healthy moisture balance. Like always, we got you over here at GreenSistah™ Botanicals.
Winter rash can happen to anyone. Beating the winter rash is for those willing to take the time to put some real love into themselves, like you fearless GreenSistah™s. Go forth and moisturize. Show the world you love you some you, GreenSistah™.
Peace, Love and hair grease,
Willette Monk (AKA) The OG
The Original GreenSistah™