Preventing dandruff in winter starts with a good seasonal scalp and hair care routine. Don’t know how to get started? We can help.
If you’re worried that those flakes on your shoulders might not be snow, you’re not alone. Lots of us suffer from dandruff in the winter. It’s nothing to worry about, but can be annoying, especially if you’re wearing a lot of dark wintry clothes and are concerned that people can see the flakes on your shoulders.
Winter dandruff is the ultimate unwelcome party guest, so let us take you through why it turns up and how to get rid of it.
You might be surprised to learn that winter dandruff isn’t caused by the cold. It is caused by a microbe present on all of our scalps and they’re all year round, whatever the weather.
- Choose a moisturizing anti-dandruff shampoo– You’ll want to look for two things in your winter dandruff shampoo: Firstly, make sure it’s actually effective against dandruff. You’ll be looking for an active ingredient that protects your scalp from the effects of the dandruff-causing microbe.
Aim for a clinically proven shampoo, as you’ll know the active ingredient works against dandruff. Skip shampoos and conditioners that don’t have dandruff actives, as they won’t do anything to treat the issue.
- Don’t scratch. Scratching can damage your skin even more and make flakes more visible. Instead, press your fingers against your head if it’s really itchy. Prevention is better than a cure, so use dandruff shampoo to help fight itch before it starts
- Avoid things that can dry out your scalp like dry indoor air. Use a humidifier to help keep your scalp moisturized.
- Keep it cool. very hot shower water can strip moisture from your skin, so turn the temperature down. 38 degrees (body temperature) is perfect.
- Make sure your hats are breathable. While wearing a hat can help keep you warm, it’s essential to choose one made of a breathable fabric that allows air to flow.