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How to detox your body and give it a spring cleanOur bodies can feel ravaged after the winter months but as spring begins this Friday our experts reveal how you can repair any seasonal damage20:10, 16 MAR 2015Updated18:34, 18 MAR 2015HAIR The cold dries the scalp and causes hair to become brittle, leading to split ends. A lack of vitamin D due to low sunlight also slows it’s growth. You may have noticed your hair thinning.”Our vitamin D plummets in winter. Our bodies can only store about two months’ worth of it, so by March supplies are depleted,” says trichologist Sara G Allison, a member of the Hair Research Society.FIX IT: “We can replenish these supplies in spring by simply getting out each day, even for 20 minutes,” says Sara.”They contain nutrients such as and iodine which can kick start your metabolism and cell growth.”EYES Our eyes come under attack in winter, warns optometrist Francesca Marchetti of the College of Optometrists.”Often we can be unwell with colds, flu and infections. When we’re run down our eyes can suffer and become tired. This can result in them feeling drier than usual,” she says.”Central heating and car heaters can cause very dry air and if you’re prone to dry eyes anyway, this can make it worse.”FIX IT: Francesca recommends keeping eyes moist by lubricating them with drops such as Murine Dry and Tired Eyes from pharmacies.COMPLEXION Winter can lead to dull complexions and flare ups. A lack of humidity in the colder months combined with the drying effect of central heating means the most superficial layer of skin the stratum corneum is not as effective at retaining water. Also, less exposure to UV light during the darker months means vitamin D is depleted.”Skin conditions such as eczema and acne are vulnerable during the winter,
” says Dr Noor Almaani, a dermatologist at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, London.”Evidence suggests this could be attributed to the anti inflammatory effects of ultraviolet radiation that is absent during the winter.”FIX IT: Dr Almaani says it can be tempting to exfoliate after the winter and get rid of any dead skin, but warns not to be too aggressive.”Although exfoliating increases penetration of moisturisers, it can often lead to irritation if too harsh.”She also advises using gentle, non alkaline cleansers to calm the skin as it recovers from winter.HANDS Hands also suffer from low outside humidity and dry air in homes.”Harsher weather can result in the impairment of the skin which leads to dryness and irritation,” says Dr Emma Wedgeworth, a dermatology consultant and eczema specialist.”Winter conditions affect the epidermis the outer layer of the skin which gives the skin a good barrier mechanism. But when the lipid content reduces (the fats which make up our skin) water is not held in as Hands then get dry and flaky.”FIX IT: If you suffer with dry skin you should consider avoiding standard soaps and gels, says Dr Wedgeworth.She suggests products from the E45 range instead.NAILS A harsh winter means nails are more likely to become brittle and split.FIX IT: Massage hand cream into nail cuticles, drink more water and ensure you eat enough protein. “Your nails are made of keratin which is a protein, so boost it with eggs, fish, meat or lentils,” says Shona.