We all hear stories of how our mother’s or grandmother’s hair used to be long and thick or that they never had any breakouts and we wish that it would be so great to live that sort of a life. Nowadays with all the pollution, the dust, the smoke it is more or less inevitable to have damaged skin and hair. With our stressful and busy routines, we barely find it easy to take time out for ourselves or to take a deep breath of peace let alone take care of our skins and hair and follow a routine to take care of our selves. However, it remains outright necessary to give time to our skin which is tired and weary of the busyness of the day.
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What causes damage to our skin and hair?
There are so many factors that may upset the skin, from excess exposure to the sun to laundry or cleaning detergents that you may be allergic to, the environment you live in, the food you eat, your health or the way your mood generally stays. However, in this wide range, there are four things which are the most unfriendly to the skin.
Irritants: There are about three thousand substances present which cause allergies. Chemical irritants may be found in certain detergents and cleaning products which are used to do the laundry and another household cleaning. These may cause redness, scaling, irritation, itchiness or even a chemical burn. These irritants may also cause contact dermatitis.
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Cigarettes: A smoker’s skin tends to be less healthy than a non-smoker’s and loses the ability to heal quickly. Smoking constricts the blood vessels and hence less oxygen are provided for the skin to breathe and less nutrition to appear healthy. This causes the skin to lose its elasticity and wrinkles appear. If there are any wounds on the skin, they heal relatively slow, causing skin ulcers.
Frowning: Frowning takes up more energy than smiling. Stewing in emotions like sadness, anger and stress can release cortisol and epinephrine. These may cause inflammation and vasodilation and lead to a range of autoimmune skin conditions, eczema, and psoriasis.
A person may damage their hair by coloring it frequently, using a lot of hair products and tools like ironing rod, curler, hair dryer etc. A few reasons as to why the hair might encounter damage and become lifeless or start to fall off are;
Heat: Ironing or curling the hair makes them look good but providing heat to our hair causes temporary changes in the hydrogen bonds that hold the hair together. These temporary changes can turn into permanent causing severe hair damage if heat is often provided to the hair.
Ponytails and braids: Tying up your hair in a pony-tail and braid too tightly can cause permanent damage to the hair. It may cause the hair to break and the hairline to recede. This might also cause headaches if wet hair, are tied up. This causes the hair to weaken.
Shampoo: We obviously have to shampoo our hair in order to keep them clean but over-shampooing can cause hair damage. This will wash away the natural oils and moisture of the hair. While shampooing, if hair is rubbed vigorously they might get weak and may start falling off. The hair will start getting dull and lose their shine.
Having talked about the factors which cause skin and hair damage, it is required that we take a detailed look at the solutions to these problems.
Oats: Besides being a healthy and nutritious breakfast oats can be used to heal the irritation, itchiness and relieve pain. It helps reduce the intensity of skin conditions like dryness and eczema. Taking an oat bath can surely do the job to treat dry and inflamed skin.
Bay leaves: Bay leaves keep dandruff at its toes and enable the growth of hair. Introducing bay leaves combined with natural fruit oils to your bath water can help improve your skin and hair.
Henna: Henna has been used since 8,000 years as a hair dye. It brings out a nice auburn shade to the hair without harming the hair in any way. Commercial henna like black henna has synthetic black dye in it and may harm the hair.
Olive oil: Olive oil is an emollient and that too a powerful one hence it adds volume, shine and softness of the hair. It helps retain hair moisture by penetrating through the follicles. The monounsaturated fatty acids help protect the skin against harm from the sun’s ultraviolet rays and other skin conditions.
Avocado: Avocado brings moisture to the hair and skin. Eating half an avocado proves healthy for your skin and should be a compulsory part of your beauty routine. It has high amounts of proteins, vitamins, namely vitamin E and healthy fats with protecting the hair and skin against damage.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is highly beneficial for soft skin. It seals the moisture of your skin, keeping it smooth and lovable. Coconut oil also has cleansing properties and can prove to be excellent makeup and dirt remover. It also supports the growth of hair and makes them voluminous and extremely shiny.
Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera reduces inflammation, irritation, prevents acne from erupting. It soothes and moisturizes the skin.
Cucumber: Cucumber has nourishing and hydrating qualities. It helps bring out a glow to the skin and remove damaged and dead cells. You can simply rub cucumber slices on your skin and wash off once it is dry or combine cucumber and lemon juice, apply it to your skin and rinse with lukewarm water.
Taking care of your skin and hair is important and it is better if it is done naturally. It is very important to improve your diet and reduce oily food and carbonated drinks since they disrupt the skin and can cause acne and pimples. Taking a good 7-8 hour sleep is also highly essential for a good clear skin. Lastly, staying happy and embracing positivity can also do wonders to your skin.