10 Essential Winter Skincare Tips Your Skin Needs!
WINTER IS COMING…OOPS…IT’S HERE!!!
Winter is in full swing and we love it as this season has something whimsical to offer. As much as we enjoy the season, winter can take its toll on our skin. Cold and dry air depletes the natural moisture from our skin, leaving it feeling raw, dull, chapped and itchy. Prolonged hot and steamy showers, being out in the sun for long, use of blowers and heaters can exacerbate the condition further.
CHANGE UP YOUR SKINCARE
Skincare is important all year round, nevertheless our skin needs a lot more love during cold weather and all it takes is a couple of tweaks here and there. Following are some winter skincare tips to maintain that dewy, moisturized and healthy skin –
When the weather gets cold and dry, it is imperative that we pay extra attention to hydration in order to prevent dull and dry skin. Load up on at least 8-10 glasses of water per day to get that dewy and glowing skin. Additionally, indulging in unsweetened coffee or warming teas like ginger and lemon is a wonderful way to stay hydrated and warm.
KEEP THOSE SHOWERS SHORT AND SWEET
It may be inviting to take a long, steamy shower when its cold outside but this sort of temptation will not do any favor to our skin. Hot water strips away natural oils and damages the skin faster so it’s better to avoid. A 5-10 minutes lukewarm shower/bath is all we need followed by moisturizer application.
MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
Moisturizing is one of the most imperative steps to stay on top of the winter skincare game as it is no secret that our skin needs a moisture boost when temperature drops. Moisturize multiple times a day with products that contains ceramides to maintain hydration. You can also opt for natural moisturizers such as coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, buttermilk, cucumbers, etc. Moisturizing while the skin is still damp is the key as it absorbs more quickly, seals the moisture and help restore skin’s protective barrier.
DON’T FORGET SPF, EVEN ON COLD DAYS
The sun feels weaker during winters but it’s very much there as the skin-damaging UVA rays pierces and goes right through the clouds. Sunscreen application is just as important during winter as it is in summer to shield from those harmful rays. Wear a sunscreen with a ‘broad spectrum’ to all exposed areas of your body for a healthy-looking skin.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Low humidity coupled with strong, harsh winds can lead to uncomfortable dry skin so be sure to bundle up when stepping out. A scarf and gloves are essential to protect your hands and the delicate skin around your neck. Wearing a brimmed hat can help keep the sun's rays at bay and consider wearing a face mask if you are out for long. Choose to wear light layers made from soft, breathable fabrics that won’t irritate your skin and then pull on your heavier and warmer clothes.
SWITCH TO WINTER SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Winter time demands a change in the skincare routine hence it is always wise to switch to winter friendly skin products. Choose cream-based cleansers that will help keep the moisture in without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Products you choose for your winter skin care should be non-comedogenic which means they shouldn’t be clogging your pores. Also try to avoid products with fragrances.
INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
One of the main reasons the skin loses its much-needed moisture is the heating systems in homes and offices. Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated.
TWEAK YOUR DIET A LITTLE
Eating lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables along with healthy fats like fish, seeds, and nuts will help keep your skin supple. In addition, skin-nourishing foods such as carrots, olive oil, avocados, tomatoes etc. helps fight harsh winter weather that takes a toll on your skin.
DON’T FORGET THE LIPS
The chilling, dry and cold air and heated indoors all connive to make our lips dry and cracked. As the skin on the lips is thinner than the rest of the face, it is more vulnerable to damage. Regularly applying a hydrating lip balm can make them stay ahead of dryness. Avoid balms consisting of menthol, camphor and eucalyptus and most importantly don’t lick your lips. Add lip protection as a part of your morning, bedtime and outdoors routine especially during cold season.
PLENISH YOUR SKIN OVERNIGHT
During the night, your skin is more open to the effectiveness of skincare so make time for a relaxing nightly skincare regime. Load it with deep nourishment before you sleep so you can wake up with a beautifully supple skin.
Try to live by these tips every winter and keep your skin healthy, happy and radiating!