10 Ways To Take Care Of Your Skin This Winter
The winter is just around the corner and it's time to put on the hoodies and snuggle up in the c...
1. Crème Cleanser & Moisturizing Face Wash
Removing makeup or cleansing the skin thoroughly is an imperative procedure for skincare. During winter, use more and more crème based cleanser for normal to dry skin which will not dry out the skin while cleansing. For extremely dry skin, you can use an oil based cleanser or simply massage the face with olive, almond or coconut oil to remove the dust, makeup or grime from the face. Thereafter, use a mild face wash or hydrating cleanser to wash off the excess. This will hydrate the skin carefully while keeping the skin soft and supple.
2. Steaming & Oil Massage
Steaming is a great process to open up the pores and also helps cleanse your skin and remove toxins. The steam will emulsify fat of the sebaceous glands and enhance the development of collagen. It hydrates the skin with moisture content and rejuvenates like a dream. You may not get the opportunity for a steam bath every time and therefore alternatively you can opt for oil massages. Olive oil works best for the skin and you can add your favorite aroma oil for the stimulating fragrance. Either of the procedure before a bath is an effective way to achieve soft and nourishing skin with a glow for the winters.
3. Exfoliate & Moisturize
Dry skin is prone to parched flakes and roughness. The ideal thing to do after a hydrating sauna session or oil massage is to go for a thorough exfoliation to eliminate the dry flakes from the skin. Exfoliating increases cell turnover to divulge fresher and healthier skin cells. Moreover, it decreases blackheads, minimizes pigmentation and fine lines, and imparts an all-over healthy glow. After scrubbing, the most important thing to do is to moisturize the skin with the product which suits best for your skin. As scrubbing eliminates the dry and dead cells, it is necessary to moisturize the fresh skin to retain the healthy glow.
4. Short Lukewarm Shower
Who doesn't like a warm elongated shower during winter? But do you know that it can be more harmful to your skin than anything? Try to cut down the duration of the shower as much as you can as the hot water will cause the skin to dry out easily. Always choose lukewarm water to have a bath during winter. Also avoid salt water for the bath as it easily strips the moisture from the skin leaving it dehydrated.
5. Avoid Peels, Masks & Alcohol-Based Products
Skin masks, face packs, and peels are excellent and we absolutely adore them as they make our skin smooth and imparts a natural glow. But avoid these products during winter as much as you can. They have the tendency to extract the excess oil for the skin and make the skin drier than usual. Avoid alcohol-based products like cleanser, toner for your skin as they make the skin dry easily.
6. Do Not Neglect Your Hands & Feet
Often, we skip the skin care routine for hands and feet and this causes the dryness of hands and feet. Always use a hydrating moisturizer for the hands and a foot cream at night to wake up with soft hands and feet. You can also apply a layer of petroleum jelly on the feet and wear the socks for an hour or two to get instant soft heels.
7. Do Not Forget The Sunscreen
Warm sunbath is the best thing we can do during the winter and our skin loves this to the core. According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun's shine, which means you get almost a double dose of radiation when you play outside. The UV rays are extremely harmful and cause a lot of problem to the skin including aging, wrinkles, and fine lines. Therefore, no matter what, always apply a good coating of sunscreen before stepping out and reapply it as and when required.
8. Drink Sufficient Water
This should be your Holy Grail beauty tip all-round the year. Keeping your skin hydrated from outside isn't enough. You need to drink minimum 9-10 glasses of water for a glowing skin. Inadequate water intake makes the skin appear dull and causes wrinkles. The pores become more prominent than as usual. To avoid this, drink enough water and keep glowing.
9. Use A Humidifier
The air lacks moisture during winter and thereby the skin feels stretchy and dries out too quickly. A humidifier will add water vapor to the air, which indirectly helps the skin in preventing the dryness. Therefore, the machine would help you maintain that glowing and vibrant look even during the winter season.
10. Keep A Check On Your Food Habits
As mentioned earlier, it is important to maintain a proper balance of both internal and external skin care to have the nourishing and glowing skin for winter. Avoid caffeine to a large extent as it makes the skin dry very easily. Foods rich in fatty acids and high on salts must also be avoided for a healthy looking skin. Indulge yourself in herbal teas and green vegetables for the au naturel glow to flaunt this winter.
Do follow these tips this winter to keep your skin healthy, naturally glowing and most importantly dryness free.
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Contributed By: Salomi Das