Everyone’s skin is unique and reacts differently to changing weather conditions. Every season has its ups and downs. Winter can be cool and cozy, but leaves your skin dry and damaged. Even with an oily skin, my skin still becomes dry in a few areas and I struggle to keep it supple and hydrated. Though every person’s requirements are different, here are few tips that can help everyone.
Of course, it is cold everywhere and you don’t feel thirsty. But, if you really want your skin to be supple and soft, you must drink enough water. Summer or winter, your body needs water and so does your skin. While some say it doesn’t help your skin, it definitely helps with detoxifying your body. This indirectly helps your skin!
Your skin needs extra moisture during winter. You can use any moisturizer that will help your skin. Your skin would not breakout if you apply moisturizer. You can choose to use a natural store bought moisturizer, or use oil that will suit your skin. For example: Apricot skin for oily skin, avocado for dry or sensitive skin, coconut oil for all skin types, including combination skin, etc. Not just your face, your body needs moisturizer too. You can use a body lotion, cold cream or oil. You can choose what works for you best.
Wear Sun Protection
Even though it is winter, use a sun block or sunscreen. You are using sun protection to protect your skin from the harsh UV rays that are still out there. But if you won’t go out between 12 – 4, when sun is at its peak, it might be OK to skip wearing it.
Wash Your Face, Gently
Of course, you might feel like washing your face as the water gives an impression of soaking your dry face. But the truth is, it will leave your skin drier. Instead, use a mixture of oat flour and honey and use it for cleansing. While oats is gentle and suitable even for sensitive skin, it still effectively exfoliates and cleanses your face. Honey tends to attract moisture, so skin won’t become dry.
During winter, the climate is quite harsh and can leave your skin dry and parched. Use woollen clothing and keep your skin covered to reduce damage and protect it.
Dry and parched lips are a common problem during winter. In spite of all efforts, your lips might still be dry and parched. Do you know you don’t need expensive chap sticks for keepings your lips supple and moist? Yes, just use clarified butter (ghee), butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, or any other edible oil that you have in your pantry! You can also do your own Lip Balm right at home.
A dry foot and cracked heels are quite common during winter. Normal foot creams don’t work during winters. You can use a petroleum jelly based cream or petroleum jelly to keep your feet soft. You need to regularly exfoliate the dry skin, since it will absorb moisture better.
Say NO to Hot Water Baths
Oh, it is absolutely lovely to dip in a tub of hot water during winter. However, this practice can leave your skin extremely dry and parched. While it feels nice, it is definitely not good for your skin. However, if you must shower with hot water, make sure you lather up yourself with a good moisturizing body lotion or oil immediately. You can however use warm water if you must.
No Harsh Face Treatments
If you love using face masks and peels regularly, winter needs slight modification. Use a moisturizing facial pack to prevent dry skin that’s common with clay packs.
Brittle nails are common during winter for some. Just use olive oil or your body lotion to reclaim nail health. Don’t forget your cuticles when you apply lotion for your nails.
If you don’t have time for DIY recipes, try the all-natural Revitol products or your skin problems. These tips are quite simple and when followed, can give you soft and supple skin even during harsh winter. Brave the winter blues with élan.