Back to school skin and hair care tips
Back to school skin and hair care tips especially for the young adults by Himalaya Herbals
Summer holidays are always fun; summer camps, staying up till late, catching up with family, traveling etc all make for a lovely two months. It’s now time to get back to school which is equally exciting. A new academic year with new books, new uniforms, school accessories and of course a lot of catching up with teachers and friends after a full two months. Everyone wants to start the school year, putting their best foot forward and shopping will be on top priority. This being said, its time you have a look at your skin and hair too.
With all the fun and travel you have indulged in during this holiday season, it is most likely that you have overlooked your skin and hair. Moreover, the summer heat is bound to have caused a little more damage to your skin and mane than you expected. Especially for teenagers, tan and acne on the skin and dry, lustreless hair are part of a summer vacation (well spent)! But, you need not fret, adopting a few care tips, will not only help your skin and hair recoup from the damage caused in the past months but also ensure that you enter your new academic year looking your best.
Teenage years, especially thirteen to seventeen are the wonder years that power everyone towards their youth. All aspire to look their best as they step out each day with new energy and initiatives. But unfortunately, it is during these years that the skin and hair go through a lot of changes due to fluctuating hormones. While most teenagers suffer from acne ranging from severe to mild, other have to deal with excessive dry, frizzy unmanageable hair. But this is part of growing up and it is important to remember that each of us will eventually grow out of it. During these years when your body is coping with a number of changes, the external factors like sun, heat, food only aggravate the issues. We suggest you a few skin and hair care tips that will not only ensure that your skin and hair looks lovely before you enter school but also get it prepared for a new academic year which will come with its share of pressure and workload.
Combat tanning: The summer months are most likely to have tanned your skin. Even if you never left your house without wearing a sunscreen, tanning is most natural and inevitable, leaving you with a dull, uneven textured skin. This is the time you can use tan removal masks and scrubs infused with natural ingredients. Natual tan removal ingredients such as orange peel, honey, milk make for a good face pack, which restores a clear and protective skin while ingredients like Papain, walnuts, and oats help exfoliate dead skin and promoting the smoother textured appearance of the skin without drying it up.
Fight Acne: The summertime is a major cause for acne aggravation. The sun, sweating and excessive sebum secretion from the oil glands causes blocked pores, black head, and whiteheads, which eventually leads to acne. The best way to ensure you get to school with a clear, fresher looking face is by following a regular cleansing routine using products suited for your skin type. Cleansing help clear and open pores. Always follow up with a moisturizer. For the ones with naturally oily skin ensure you use an oil-free moisturizer. This will help keep your skin healthy. Avoid scrubbing your skin with harsh products as this will only aggravate your acne and make the blemishes look worse.
Use natural products: Nature has given wonderful natural herbs like neem and turmeric that have been used for ages in keeping skin clear and perfect. Neem has antibacterial properties and aesthetic properties among other benefits and is used to treat skin rashes, acne, allergies, and pimples. It absorbs excess oils from the skin. Turmeric has the bioactive component Curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The individual or combined use of both these herbs, with its anti-inflammatory properties and cooling effect, helps in reducing or diminishing pimples. It keeps one’s face hydrated and glowing.
Avoid makeup: If you have been using any makeup products off late, it is best to give them up for a while. Let your skin breathe and recoup. Your skin is still too young to deal with the harmful chemicals in these products. It is most advisable to use nothing on your skin except an oil-free moisturizer for your face and body and a lip balm for the lips.
Eat right: Your skin is a reflection of what you eat. It is most likely that you have spent the last month gorging on junk and other not so healthy food. This is a good time to return to a normal healthy diet. Avoid oily, sugary, fatty foods and opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and proteins. Also, ensure that you regulate your water intake. Water plays a major role in washing away toxins and combating oil secretion.
FOR THE HAIR
Avoid using styling products: The ‘back to school’ countdown is the best time to work on any hair woes you collected over the last few months. The best way to begin is to avoid using any hair styling products such as the hair iron, dryers, gels etc. This will help your mane recoup from the damage caused.
Condition your hair: Oiling, as much as you may detest it, is the best conditioner for the hair. Ensure you oil your hair before every wash. Wash your hair using a shampoo and conditioner made of natural ingredient. Although most people feel, using a conditioner is enough to retain moisture in the hair, but that’s not true. Your hair does require regular oiling, as oils are food for the hair.
Wash your hair regularly: Sweating during the summer months causes dandruff and itchy scalp leading to hair fall. Therefore regularly cleansing of the hair is very important. Do so using a shampoo with natural ingredients such as herbs, seed oils etc. Also washing your hair regularly does not mean you do it every day. Washing hair everyday saps it of its natural oils, thus washing every 2- 3 days is recommended for proper regulation of natural oils. Avoid using hot water showers as this makes your hair dry and brittle.
Maintain a healthy diet: What you eat will affect your hair. Maintain a healthy balanced diet filled with a good mix of vitamin C (citrus fruits), proteins (eggs, chicken), Omega 3 fatty acids (Quinoa, nuts, and seeds), iron (dark leafy greens like spinach) and Vitamin A (carrots).
During the teen years, hormones behave in a funny manner with fluctuating hormones called androgens. This increase in oil production causes skin changes. It can be in the form of breakouts and acne with a few teens having severe breakouts while other may have only mild ones. Skin in the teenage years is primarily affected by following hormones like progesterone which regulates sleep, keeps skin free of wrinkles, testosterone that regulates oil glands and hair growth. There is also the human growth hormone which supports skin elasticity among other factors. Due to the above hormonal changes and fluctuations, the oil glands in the skin tends to produce more sebum. The overactive sebaceous glands produce excess oil and the skin needs proper cleansing to prevent acne breakouts.
Nature has given wonderful natural herbs like neem and turmeric that have been used for ages in keeping skin clear and perfect. Neem has antibacterial properties and aesthetic properties among other benefits and is used to treat skin rashes, acne, allergies, and pimples. It absorbs excess oils from the skin. Turmeric has the bioactive component Curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The individual or combined use of both these herbs, with its anti-inflammatory properties and cooling effect, helps in reducing or diminishing pimples. It keeps one’s face hydrated and glowing.
Hair care also has benefits with Neem having anti-microbial and blood purifying properties that stimulate the growth of healthy hair and turmeric improves scalp health. Teen years are busy years with academic struggles and busy schedules. Managing hair can be time-consuming and cumbersome. However, a little care with natural herb-based shampoos and conditioners can go a long way in easily maintaining healthy hair.
Some basic hair care tips are as follows –
- Dandruff and itchy scalp can lead to hair fall, so hair cleanliness is important and can be done with herb based shampoos.
- Avoid hot water showers as it makes hair dry and brittle.
- Use natural conditioners and moisturizers for shiny soft hair
- Maintain a healthy diet of vegetables and raw fruits.
- Wash hair every 2 or 3 days for proper regulation of natural oils.