One of the annoying by-products of the cold winter months is dry, itchy skin including the skin on your head. Dry scalp is not a medical condition or anything too serious, but that does not make it any less of an annoyance. If you are dealing with dry scalp this winter (or anytime for that matter!) then here are a few suggestions for you.
According to Mayo Clinic, dry scalp is something that is more common during the winter months. It is small white flakes in your hair, and is typically caused by cold weather, excessive dry heat, or diet. Symptoms include tightness or itchiness, but it is important to note that excessive itching probably indicates dandruff or eczema. Just to be clear, dry scalp is not dandruff.
Shampoos To Use
You can try Pantene’s Damage Detox Shampoo to clean your scalp. If you want to moisturize, try using Lea Journo’s Hydra-Riche or Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Shampoo. Neither of these shampoos contains sulfates or parabens. If your scalp is particularly dry you might need to try medicated shampoo like Sebamed Everyday Shampoo. Another option would be to use a natural shampoo such as Jason’s Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo. As the name would suggest, tea tree oil is the main ingredient. Tea tree oil is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties.
There are several things to eat and drink that can improve your dry scalp maladies. Having a diet rich in fatty acids such as flax seeds, walnuts, and salmon can help. Additionally, you can drink less coffee and alcohol. Eating kelp helps because it is rich in iodine which helps your hair grow and scalp heal. Lastly, drinking water helps because it keeps you hydrated.
Here are some additional tips and ways you can prevent your skin (not just your scalp) from getting too dry during the winter.
Add Humidity to the House
Placing a portable humidifier around the house can add moisture to the air.
When putting lotion on your skin be sure to use oil-based products because they seal in water and preserve moisture better than other products when it’s cold.
Bathing and showering in hot water often strips the natural oil from your skin, so you need to avoid products that have alcohol in them. For example, deodorant, soap, and skin care products. Using warm water instead of hot water makes a difference as well as using a mild, fragrance-free soap. Showers should not be longer than ten minutes, you should pat yourself dry, and moisturize your skin while it’s still damp.