We can relate to how humid it gets when it rains in Mumbai so naturally you'll feel compelled to turn on the AC. But do you know just how damaging air conditioners can be for your skin and hair? “ACs basically extract the necessary and essential moisture levels required by skin and hair to be healthy and nourished. The removal of the moisture from the air causes the skin and hair to be dry and damaged. Most of us spend most of our time in air-conditioned rooms. This is why many of us are experiencing dry and damaged skin and hair. Their texture has been drastically deteriorating,” explains Dr Nivedita Dadu, a skin expert.
Because of this lack of moisture, your skin tone can become uneven, you'll end up with premature ageing and even skin degeneration. Your hair tends to get frizzy, dry and damaged. It can also increase hair fall, cause split ends and can increase the risk of damage.
Here's what you can do to stay protected:
- Try to reduce exposure to air conditioners to limit the damage to your hair and skin.
- Use natural ingredients like aloe vera on your hair and scalp to keep it nourished and moisturised. You can even use moisturising oils like coconut oil and olive oil to keep your hair and scalp hydrated.
- Drink a lot of water. Try to drink at least 2-3 litres of water per day as it can help keep your skin and hair hydrated.
- If you're in an enclosed space with ACs, try to step out regularly to ensure that your hair and skin can retain some of its moisture.