Winters can be a challenging season for the skin. Dry, flaky, and dehydrated skin are a common sight. The challenge to maintain a glowing and healthy skin increases even more if one has a naturally dry skin type. Cold weather, combined with artificial heat and hot showers notoriously strip the skin of its moisture, leaving it looking dull and dry.
But fret not, taking a little extra care of your skin will go a long way in maintaining that summer glow, even through the harshest winters. Just add a few things in your daily skincare routine, like serums and moisturizers, and you’re good to go. Combine this external care with eating healthy food rich in vitamins and minerals. Drink enough water and get adequate sleep, and one is sure to beget beautiful looking skin this winter season.
After all, glowing skin is a sign of healthy skin. This winter season, keep your skin healthy and maintain its glow, by adapting the following techniques in your daily skincare routine.
Moisturize your skin
Cleansing the skin strips the skin of its natural oils and makes it dry. The exposed surface of the skin becomes more prone to drying during the winters making it appear dull. Invest in a chemical-free, good quality moisturizer, and liberally apply it all over the skin. This will help retain moisture and seal the skin’s hydration. For better results, add a few drops of glycerin and rose water into your body lotion and mix well before applying.
Use serum on your skin
Regular use of facial and skin serums, especially as part of your skincare night routine, can work wonders in repairing the skin. Understand the requirements of your skin and your skin type, and invest in a good quality serum to achieve a glowing skin this winter. A vitamin B5 serum is a good and nourishing option for your skin.
DIY Hydration Masks
Winter is notoriously known for stripping the skin off its hydration and moisture, and there is nothing better than face masks to get it back in order. Hydration masks come in a variety of forms, viz. sheet masks, peel off masks, wash off masks, and many more. One must choose the kind that suits their skin requirements the best. For best results, use them once a week, and say hello to healthier-looking skin.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive option to get glowing skin, you needn’t go further than your kitchen. Whip up a combination of honey, turmeric and yoghurt into a thick paste, and apply it on your skin for 20 minutes. Once dry, wash it off with lukewarm water to give way to luscious skin. Additionally, saffron strands serve wonders for the skin and give it an internal glow. Add a few strands of saffron into your daily moisturizer, apply twice daily, and let it do its magic. See the turmeric benefits.
Use essential oils
Regular use of good quality mineral and essential oils is the best treatment that you can give to your skin. Typically, one must use skin oils year-round, but in winters, oiling must be an unmissable step in your skincare routine. They help retain moisture in the skin, stopping the skin from drying, and keeping skin damage at bay. Oils like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil extremely are beneficial for the skin during the winters.
Drink water- hydration is key
Taking care of your skin from the inside is as important as taking care of it from the outside. It is crucial to keep yourself hydrated from within to avoid getting dry and chapped winter skin. A gallon of water a day keeps skin dryness at bay! Water also helps flush out toxins from inside the body, cleansing the skin internally. Hydration helps in attaining glowing skin, that is equally healthy from the inside.
Exfoliate your skin
If not exfoliated regularly, dead skin can accumulate on the surface of your skin, creating a barrier between the actual skin, and the outside. This inhibits the skin’s access to oxygen. It also prevents the skin from absorbing moisture, oils, serum, or any nourishment that you provide it. Regular exfoliation helps in the removal of these dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, letting it breathe. This helps achieve smoother skin that is free of any toxins and impurities, making it look fresh. Invest in a good quality body scrub or an exfoliation mask, and keep dead skin at bay. For maximum gain, exfoliation must immediately be followed by moisturization.
Protect your skin
Avert your skin of any winter damage if you wish to retain its glow. After all, it is always better to prevent the damage than to look for a cure later. A good quality sunscreen lotion with SPF 30 or above does half of the job. Additionally, covering your skin when stepping out in the harsh winter winds can help retain moisture. Invest in a pair of good quality gloves, socks and scarves for your face, and don’t forget to use them when you step out.
Avoid the use of chemicals on the skin
Using harsh chemicals like parabens and sulfates can strip the skin of its natural oils. This effect gets intensified during the winters when the skin is already struggling to retain moisture. Hence, one must be mindful of the type of skincare products they use. Read the label of your cosmetics and creams properly.
Always avoid products that contain too many chemicals. For your skincare, start using products that contain natural ingredients like natural oils and butter, fruit and nut extracts, beeswax, essential oils and flowers. This will surely result in a happy, healthy and glowing skin.