Skin Care Tips in Winter
The shift to cooler temperatures is always welcome, but the flip side of crisp, cool winters is the need to change: the way we take care of ourselves. Cold air, nippy winds, and low humidity take a toll on skin. Dryness leading to dull skin, an itchy scalp, and cracked feet and hands not only cause discomfort, but also affect our self-esteem.
Skin, designed to protect from infections, illness and allergens, there is a need to insulate from the drying climate, and no better time to start than now. So pamper the skin with these useful tips:
- Keep the skin always moisturized, Choose from cream-based cleansers and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry the skin. Therefore, stop using products that contain alcohol and fragrances in order to help skin retain its natural oils. Switch to a milder face wash and a thicker moisturizer. At night, use a richer moisturizer on face.
- If hands are very dry, use cream instead of lotion because the former has a higher oil-to-water ratio. To really rehab the skin on hands, use very thick hand cream right before bed. Add some sugar to lemon juice and use the mixture to scrub the hands. It has a softening effect. Massage cream on the hands soon after bathing and washing clothes.
- Exfoliate for excellent skin, it will not only take off the dry, dead skin cells, but also help regenerate new ones. Use natural, exfoliating scrubs like this yummy-smelling geranium and orange peel scrub or try using just ingredients from the kitchen.
- Apply a moisturizing lip balm while doing the rest of skin care routine. Before going outside apply some Vaseline/petroleum jelly to the lips, as this creates a protective barrier between the cold air and lips thereby, locking in moisture.
- Feet require some stronger stuff like lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerin. Exfoliate the skin on feet occasionally so that it can absorb the moisturizer easily.
- Homemade hydrating masks provide needed moisture in winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.
- Winters are a time to look good and make-up contributes a lot in looking good. Make-up should be done in a different way in winters. Before applying base, skin should be well moisturized. A mineral or cream base make-up can be done on the top of that. Last but not the least; one shouldn’t ignore a sunscreen to avoid harmful rays.
- Eat Vitamin C-rich products, such as citrus fruit and dark, leafy greens to help boost the body’s production of collagen, a protein that maintains skin and other connective tissues.
- We tend to drink less water in winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea. Don’t forget that your skin needs hydration inside out and so a little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
Hope you find the tips useful, we will be sharing some tips on maintaining the crowning glory in the next segment so keep reading!!