Updated: Jun 15, 2019
Winters are mild, pleasant and we enjoy immersing ourselves in the stunning sun, but the season also entails drying indoor heat, dipping temperature, steaming showers and biting winds. Winter can bring awful dryness to the hands, face, feet and suck the life right out of your skin. Without proper care, dry skin can cause cracking, bleeding, itching, redness and chapping. Here are some daily tips that you can follow to keep your skin full of life in winter -
Use Moisturizer - You might have the best moisturizer you got from your Dubai-based cousin, but you should know that it is not suitable for the winters. Get a moisturizer that is oil-based instead of water-based, it will help create a shielding layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Look for non-clogging oils like almond oil, mineral oil and avocado oil, whereas butter or shea oil can clog facial pores. Avoid any products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate and alcohol as they can dehydrate your skin.
Aloe Vera Cleanser - Cleansing is very important for a healthy skin regardless of what season it is. Aloe vera cleanser helps in accelerating cell regeneration, softening and removing dead skin cells. It works great to restore moisture and has potent healing properties.
Apply Sunblock - Sunblock is not just for summers, but it is for every season. There is less UV radiation in wintertime, which means skin produces less melanin, so skin is not only less tanned but is also more prone to UV radiation. Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas such as your face and hands about half an hour before going outside. Re-apply it after 30-40 minutes if you stay outside for a long time.
Avoid Too Hot Water - Hot shower may feel pleasant in winters but it can strip away lots of essential oils from your body making it dry and flaky. Instead, use lukewarm water to keep your skin hydrated, strong and shiny. Do not take long showers as it may suck out the essential moisture from your skin. So, go for a short bath and use a lukewarm water.
Get Humidifier - Heating system or blower dries out the air, so it is recommended to install a humidifier in your home. A humidifier helps bring moisture in the air, which prevent your skin from drying out. Keep doors closed when a humidifier is in use and use several small units for best results.
Don’t Forget Your Feet - Your feet may turn dreadful in winters, get a lotion for your feet that contain glycerine or petroleum jelly. Consider applying a deep moisturizing lotion at night, then wear cotton socks to seal in the moisture until morning. You can also exfoliate to remove the dead layer and it will also help moisturizers and lotions penetrate better.
Drink Lots of Water - We tend to drink less water in the winter because of our proclivity toward coffees and tea, but the skin needs hydration from inside in the winter too. Drink 7-8 glasses of water every day to keep your body hydrated. Eat food high in water content such as carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, kiwi, oranges, apples and watermelon.
Hand Care - The skin of the hands is thinner than other parts of the body and has fewer glands, which makes it difficult to keep them moist. So, don’t forget to wear gloves before going outside. Go for alcohol-free and soap-free cleansers when washing hands to prevent chapping parched hands. They are less drying than regular soaps. Let your hands dry before going out in the cold, not doing so will make your hands more prone to dryness. Don’t forget to apply lotion after a wash.
Lip Care - Use a lip balm to avoid dryness and to keep it moisturized all day long. It will also create a protective barrier between the cold air and your lips and help lock in moisture. Lips are prone to sunburn as they lack melanin, the pigment responsible for shielding skin from the sun. So, do not forget to apply sunblock on your lips with an SPF of 30 or more.
Circulation - The cold season may slow down blood circulation in your skin, which can make your skin dull and dead. Do regular brushing and toning to stimulate your circulation. Get a long-handled natural bristle brush and use it on each area from top to bottom only once.
If these techniques do not work then consider visiting your dermatologist. He will analyze your skin type, create a skin care regimen for you and will recommend you the skin care products you should be using.
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