Cold days are almost here. They can be really harsh on your skin, leaving it all dehydrated and irritated. So we have listed down some simple tips on how to combat dry skin this winter and keep your complexion glowing all season long.
1. Drink Lots Of Water And Eat Right:
Staying hydrated is the key to keep your skin healthy in winters.
Lukewarm water with lemon can help you feel refreshed and hydrated at the same time.
Consume vegetables with high water content such as cucumbers and celery.
Add food rich in antioxidants and beta carotene to your plate.
Eat more yellow and orange veggies such as carrots, red peppers, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes.
Include spinach and other dark leafy vegetables in your diet.
These can help to boost vitamin A, B and E in your body making your skin healthy from within.
Fruits like cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and kiwi can help you maintain supple skin.
2. Use The Right Cleanser:
In winters, you should consider changing your cleanser because the cold and harsh weather conditions can leave your skin severely dry.
Switch to a more hydrating and gentle cleanser that does not strip your skin of its natural oils. Better use a cream-based cleanser.
Avoid using a cleanser with glycolic or salicylic acid or alcohol in them as these can be really irritating for your skin in winters and leave it all dry and cracked.
Refrain from highly fragranced body cleanser and try using one with moisturizing and sulfate-free properties.
Using strong body wash can disturb your natural lipids and weaken your skin barrier.
3. Upgrade Your Moisturiser And Use It More Rigorously:
Use a rich oil-based moisturizer.
Try going for a moisturizer that is organic and full of emollient ingredients.
Apply your moisturizer more often to maintain a skin barrier and lock up the skin’s moisture.
Dermatologists often recommend using body oils as well for very dry skin.
Use a heavy moisturizer at night.
Slather moisturizer on dry parts of the body such as elbows, knees, and feet before going to bed.
It is very crucial to apply moisturizer right after taking a shower to avoid it from getting flaky.
4. Exfoliate But Not Too Much:
Exfoliation is really beneficial for your skin in winters because it removes dead skin cells and stimulates the regeneration of new cells.
But do not overdo it, as that may irritate the skin and disrupt the skin cells.
Exfoliating once a week is a good way to go, as it can boost product absorption in your skin.
If you have dry skin, be extra careful and exfoliate with very light hands.
For oily skinned beauties, scrubbing once is week is fine.
Prefer chemical exfoliants over mechanical exfoliants as they contain enzymes or hydroxy acids that dissolve the dead skin cells.
You can also go for a facial focused on hydration for maintaining glowy complexion.
5. Take Showers In A Proper Manner:
Prevent taking long showers as they can strip the skin of its natural oils.
Take bath with lukewarm water
Stay away from hot showers. Though they are tempting in the harsh weather they can cause serious damage to the skin.
Prolonged shower durations can dehydrate your skin and make it red and itchy.
6. Protect Your Skin:
Most of us are in habit of skipping sunscreen in winter days.
But the UV rays can cause serious damage to our skin even in those grey and gloomy days as well.
So always protect your skin with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
Try reaching out for sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide in their ingredient list and have UVA/UVB protection.
Consider reapplication of sunscreen regularly or after heavy sweating.
Cover your face with a scarf and wear gloves to protect the skin from the cold and blistering wind as it can lead to severely dry skin.
Always keep a lip balm handy and keep applying it at regular intervals to keep your lips moisturized and supple.
Limit the use of astringents and completely avoid using alcohol-based astringents.
7. Try Using DIY Masks:
Homemade masks are a great way to take care of your skin in those harsh weather conditions.
They provide the moisture needed by the skin without causing allergic reactions.
Use naturally moisturizing substances such as honey, banana, aloe vera, yogurt or avocado to pamper your skin.
You can also use various essential oils such as rose oil, almond oil, jojoba oil or argan oil in these DIYs masks to add to their benefits and give your skin all the love it deserves.
8. Wear The Right Clothing For Winters:
Avoid wearing wet clothes for very long because it can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness.
Try changing wet gloves, socks or pants as soon as possible.
If you have a skin condition like eczema, keep wool or rough clothing from directly touching your skin.
Rather go for winter wear made from high-quality wool or cotton.
You can also layer light and comfortable piece of cloth beneath a heavy, warm sweater.
9. Keep The Temperature Of Your Thermostat Moderate:
Do not crank up the heat because it is cold outside.
This can make the surrounding air more dry and adversely impact your skin.
Try setting the thermostat on a moderate yet comfortable temperature- 68 degrees to 72 degrees Fahrenheit is good to maintain healthy skin.
You can also invest in a good humidifier to add moisture to the dry winter air and keep your skin hydrated.
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