Winter Skin Care Routine
- Skin & Hair Care Consultant
As winter sets in, you bring out your woollen wear to stay warm. However, do you ever think that your skin may also need some extra care? The winters can be harsh on your otherwise soft and supple skin and can lead to dry skin and flaking. Therefore, you must ensure that your skin gets the right nourishment. To make sure your skin is winter-ready, you have to follow a proper skin care routine that will keep your skin glowing and radiant. If you’re looking for winter skin care tips to soften up your dry skin, read on!
Although most of us, if not all, love the winter season, it wreaks havoc on your skin. The harsh, cold air robs your skin of natural oils, leaving it dry and itchy. It can even lead to eczema and psoriasis if you do not moisturise and nourish it well. Basically, winters do bring in its share of pesky problems such as cracks and flakes so switching up your skin care regime is the only way to keep your skin from breaking out.
Now, here are some do’s and don’ts that you should remember while you create a skin care routine for the winters.
The best way to keep your skin soft and supple in winters is,
·Create and follow a daily skin care routine
·Take care of your diet and exercise
·Use the right products depending on your skin type
Let’s take a look at how some of the do’s and don’ts affect your skin’s suppleness and keeps it glowing and healthy.
1.Shower Using Lukewarm Water
When the temperature is dipping, a hot shower is very inviting and tempting. However, if you want your skin to remain soft - avoid it! Instead, shower with lukewarm water. A hot shower can cause your skin to dry up quickly and if you do not moisturise it immediately, it can develop cracks. Once you have taken a shower with lukewarm water, do not forget to apply a moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides. This will keep your skin’s moisture barrier intact and prevent dryness.
Whether you’re working indoors or chilling outdoors, the air in winters is drier than any other season. As a result, water evaporates from your body rather quickly. Therefore, it is essential that you keep your skin hydrated all times. The best and probably the easiest way to keep your skin hydrated is to drink plenty of water. We don’t necessarily feel thirsty during winters which makes it all the more imperative to maintain a regular water intake throughout the day.
3.Pick The Right Skin Care Products-
Why Choosing The Right Skin Care Product Is Important?
Keeping your skin happy and glowing during any season is a must. So, during winters, it is no different. Switching up your skin care routine to suit your skin type, according to every season is important. And that is why you need to pick your skin care products accordingly. Ideally, using mild skin care products is the key to radiant skin in winters. Choose cleansers such as IDC Pearl Gentle Ultra-Purifying Gel that contain ingredients that do not strip your skin of its natural moisture barrier. Avoid using masks and peels, and any product that contains alcohol as they dry up your skin in winters.
Exfoliation is a process of getting rid of dead skin cells. However, during winters your skin is already dry and your skin’s moisture barrier is already compromised due to the cold. With excess exfoliation, you can completely break down the barrier which will make your skin extremely dry. Nevertheless, exfoliating once a week is fine during winters. But, exfoliate depending on your skin type. If you already have dry skin, avoid exfoliation completely.
5.Try Natural Skin Care Ingredients
Most over-the-counter skin care products have alcohol in them which can be damaging to the skin especially during winter. Try using homemade skin care masks and face packs that have natural ingredients and protect your skin from chemical exposure. Natural ingredients such as honey, aloe vera, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and banana help maintain the moisture levels of your skin, prevent skin issues, and keep your skin radiant and glowing.
While you adopt these practices in your winter skin care routine, there is a simple routine you can chalk out for yourself. It does not have to be an elaborate one but will work wonders on your skin.
- · Cleanse your skin once or twice a day - once in the morning and once before going to bed
- · Apply a light moisturiser in the morning, daily, to lock in the moisture
- · At night, you can use a heavy moisturizer or an overnight cream
Apply the moisturiser on damp skin as it absorbs moisture better than a completely dried-off skin.
Apart from taking that extra care of your skin from the outside, you need to maintain good health as well. Two of the most effective ways of keeping your skin healthy is,
- · Have a good diet that includes seasonal fruits and veggies. This way, your body - especially your skin, will get the right nutrients required to keep it smooth and glowing from within
- · Exercise! A good workout will pump up your heart rate, keep the pores on your skin clear and make your skin glow
During winters, it is hard for your skin to keep itself healthy and glowing naturally. Therefore, it makes it essential for you to do your bit to keep your skin radiant.
Adopt these winter skin care tips in your daily skin care routine but make sure you follow the best practice that works for you. This winter, say hello to smooth, glowing skin!