Winter skin care

Winter is a season of rejoicing. With the chilly atmosphere, lots of holidays and being a festive season, most of us visit our dear and near ones during winter days. While youngsters plan outdoor activities, the elders prefer to stay indoors. The festive mood keeps us fresh and vibrant.

But, sadly, winter is not a good time for our skin. Any acute weather condition–be it hot or cold can harm your skin. And winter is an extreme weather condition.

Why is winter bad for our skin?

Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air. Dry air takes away the thin layer of oil in the skin that locks in the moisture. Therefore, in due course, the dry air sucks the moisture away from the skin. This makes the skin dry, irritated, flaky, unhealthy and lifeless. The indoor heat (no matter if it is a wooden or electric heater) further removes the moisture from the indoor air. Hot showers and harsh cleansers further contribute to dry skin. If you leave your skin with our proper care for a long time, it can bring about the leakage of blood as a result of the extreme dryness of the skin.

Your skin needs more systematic care rather than just pampering to keep it healthy and glowing throughout the winter. Here are some steps you should take to keep your skin away from damages.

Brief bath in lukewarm water:

Due to cold chilly weather, mostly we all prefer to have a long hot shower during the winter. However, always keep the shower time as brief as possible and choose lukewarm water instead of hot water particularly when washing your face and hands. Hot water sucks out the oil from the skin and lukewarm water don’t. Use mild soap which is rich in moisturizers to clean the skin. After the bath, gently pat dry. Vigorous rubbing on the skin results in over drying of the skin.

Apply moisture as soon as possible after the bath:

Apply moisturizer while your skin is still a little moist after the wash. You should be cautious while selecting a moisturizer during the winter. Moisturizer with petroleum-based ingredients is available in the market. Never choose this. Petroleum-based ingredients increase the dryness of the skin. Choose a moisturizer with natural, nourishing ingredients. Also, choose an oil-based moisturizer rather than water-based one as it helps your skin to retain moisture longer during the winter.

Overnight moisturizing:

The skin in the hand, feet, knee, and elbow are thinner and tend to lose moisture quicker than the other parts. Therefore, apply deep moisturizing cream in those parts during the night and wear cotton gloves and socks so that the moisture is locked in throughout the night.

Exfoliate:

The dead cells in the skin will increase significantly during the winter. Applying moisturizer without removing these dead cells will not give desired results. Use an exfoliating formula to remove dead cells from the skin of face, neck, hand, and lips. After washing immediately apply the moisture. Exfoliating body washes are also available, which is helpful during the winter months. 

Dressing:

Wear gloves, a cap which covers the forehead, and scarves to protect skin from cold winds. Choose loose-fitting clothes made with soft, breathable fabrics, like cotton, instead of itchy woollens or polyester.

Use sunscreen:

Winter sun does harm to the skin as much as the summer sun. Therefore put sunscreen while going out.

Diet:

Include lots of fruits in your diet and drink plenty of water during winter months. This will help you to stay from inside out which is very important and beneficial for your skin’s health.

Face masks:

Homemade hydrating face packs help to moisturize and revitalize the skin during the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, yogurt, avocado, yogurt, papaya, olive and jojoba oils, milk, buttermilk, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Combine the ingredients together according to your preference to create a cream or paste, and leave it on the skin for ten to 20 minutes.  Some combinations are:

·        Papaya-Banana- Honey

·        Milk-Almond

·        Aloe Vera-Honey

·        Yogurt-Buttermilk

·        Lemon-Honey

·        Olive oil- Egg yolk

·        Avocado-Honey

·        Strawberry-Fresh cream

·        Banana-Honey

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