So, finally winters are here! We all love winters. But when temperature drops our skin starts getting dry and losses its natural moisture. It leads to oily patches and dry skin. Dry winters require deep healing and care. So, let us talk about the best tips for healthy and healed skin- even in winters. So, finally winters are here! We all love winters. But when temperature drops our skin starts getting dry and losses its natural moisture. It leads to oily patches and dry skin. Dry winters require deep healing and care. So, let us talk about the best tips for healthy and healed skin- even in winters.
1. Use Sunscreen: – Most people think that usage of sunscreen is limited to summers only, but it is wrong. Sunscreen can be used throughout the year as it protects our skin from getting damaged. Sunburn is possible even in winte
rs too. Moreover, sunscreen protects our skin from harmful UV radiation which is intense in cold weather. An SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. So, make sure to apply sunscreen during winters too.
2. Use appropriate cleanser – Use a gentle moisturizing cleanser, specialized for dry and sensitive skin types. Choose
a natural one, or one that (as well as being moisturizing) has no harsh chemicals in it. Massage the cleanser into wet skin, and follow the instructions on the product, before rinsing of with warm water.
3. Keep your hands Moisturized – Most of us do not even know that the skin of your hand is more delicate and thinner as compared to the skin of other parts of the body. Since our hands are always exposed to air, therefore they are more prone to skin damage. So, in order to prevent your soft hands getting dried or damaged, always wear gloves while being outside and keep moisturizing your hands by applying a good moisturizer suitable as per to your skin type.
4. Use petroleum jelly for your feet – It is good to apply light body lotion during summers but for winters, our body and feet need some stronger stuff. Start applying petroleum jelly or glycerin to your feet and also use cream periodically to exfoliate the dead skin. It will keep our feet moisturized and smooth.
5. Use Night cream – Application of night cream will be a good option for your skin care especially in winters. Night cream really does a good work for our skin repair and damage while we sleep. It also ensures that your skin has an even complexion along with finer skin texture. Your night cream boosts collagen in your skin. The cream also helps in better blood circulation leading to reduced wrinkles and other lines on your face.
6. Avoid using face peel-off mask – During winters our skin gets dried and makes us uncomfortable. So avoid using any peel-of facial masks or any toners or astringent which is alcohol based. All of these will strip off the essential oils from our skin. In order to keep skin smooth and fresh, use alcohol-free toners, cleansing milk or any milk foaming face wash.
7. Hydrate from Inside – Eating a healthy diet full of nutrients and vitamins is the best way to keep your hair and skin healthy and glowing. Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots etc. Eating well will also make you feel great too! As we tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like coffee and tea, however, your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time. If you have trouble with maintaining a balanced diet then take multivitamins, but remember that this is not an effective replacement for the real nutrition.
8. Olive oil massage – The best part of olive oil massage is that it doesn’t clog pores. Unlike other oils that can clog pores and exacerbate current skin conditions, olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin while providing a cleansing effect. Try using organic olive oil at night and apply a teaspoon of the oil to the face and neck, massage gently for 2 to 3 mins and wash it off with water.
8. Keep it warm not hot – We love to soak ourselves in hot water in winters, but having a hot shower or bath can cause skin irritation if the weather is cold. As well as it strips the natural moisture out of the skin and hair. So turn the temperature down from hot to warm. Lukewarm water will not take away the moisture from your skin.
9. Care for your lips too – Lips not only symbolize your beauty but also it talks about your healthy appearance. The nice-looking lips boost up your confidence, while the d
ry, cracked lips lose your beauty and self-confidence. In order to have baby sot and smooth lips, apply lip balm. While buying lip balm, do consider its long lasting effect, extra moisturizing power, natural ingredients, and SPF sunblock. Coat your lips with the balm always.
10. Hair care – Hair goes dry, weak and brittle during winter but if you give it the right treatment, you can avoid it from becoming a big issue. Look for shampoos and conditioners which aim to protect and heal your hair, making sure it’s slightly more moisturizing than what you use normally, but still good for your hair type. Also, it may be a good idea to try a moisturizing hair treatment (Oiling your Hair) once or twice a fortnight to help repair the effects of winter.
11. Try homemade masks – Homemade masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe Vera.
12. Use Humidifier – Heating (whether it’s central heating or a space heater) dries the air in your home and office. By using a humidifier, you add moisture back into the air, keeping your skin from drying out.
13. Avoid Antibacterial and deodorant soap – These soaps contain alcohol, which is a drying agent. The best soaps, lotions and moisturizers for skin care are fragrance free and clear. Look for products that have glycerin as their main ingredient.
14. Use Bath Salts or Oils- We think you’re going to like this key tip: take a bath! Just pour in a few drops of pure essential oils in the water, and relax. Lavender oil is especially calming and moisturizing, but you can also use bath salts, which don’t make the water as slippery.
15. Apply face Serum – After cleansing, your skin is bare. Applying a serum is an intense way to hydrate and protect your dry skin all day long.
16. Do not use woolen gloves or socks – We all prefer to use woolen clothes for our body to keep us warm during winters. But wearing woolen gloves in hand and woolen socks may lead to itchiness and cracking of heels. So, in order to keep our hands and feet warm and smooth, one should wear cotton gloves and socks to avoid irritation and itchiness that wool might cause.
17. Drink Plenty of Water – This is one tip that we should follow not for a particular season, but throughout the year. Water helps moisturize the skin from within. Make a reminder that you should drink at least 4 liters of water daily.
18. Steaming – It is the best process and a best way to thoroughly deep clean your pores, to get rid of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Steaming your face is very important to loosen debris that may be embedded into the skin. When steaming, your pores get widened and the skin is softened, which help in cleansing the impurities more easily. We can follow this step fortnightly. We can also use either some herbs or some essential oils in the steam water. For dry skin, rose, rosemary or lavender is recommended.
19. Use Vitamin E capsules – Having Vitamin E capsules daily really brings the best results for your skin. Keep a reminder of having one capsule daily in the morning and it will make your skin glow throughout the year.
20. Apply cold cream – The most common method to fight with dry skin is to apply cold cream. Cold cream has been around for centuries. It is the ultimate all-in-one cleanser, makeup remover, and moisturizer.
Stay tuned for my next winter post, which will be all about homemade tips for winter skin care!