The season of cold winds and dry air is knocking at your door and if you are not living in tropical climate then winter season is most likely to affect your skin. It can also have an impact on your complexion as well. Some people may like the charm of their face in winter however for many the season causes dryness of the whole skin which can be very uncomfortable to handle at times. The dryness of the skin may result into flaking, cracking heels, chapping lips etc.
This season brings dramatic changes in your skin. Therefore protecting your skin from the dry winds should be given priority. Here are some useful tips to take care of your skin and look good in the cold and dry season.
Even before deciding how to take care of your skin in winters it is important to know what type of skin you have. It is only then you will be able to decide which products to include in your skincare regime. If you are finding it difficult to identify your skin type it is ideal to visit a dermatologist who can do the job for you.
Protect Your Skin by Wearing Hand Gloves and Scarf
Do not expose your skin to dry air for longer time. Wear hand gloves, socks etc. to keep yourself warm if the temperature is too low. Also wear a scarf or cap in order to protect your hair from the dry air. Exposure to dry air and harsh weather for longer span can cause damage to your skin and hair. Avoid wet gloves or socks as the water in it will irritate your skin.
Keep the Skin Properly Moisturized
Moisturizing products that you used in Summer will obviously not work in Winters. So its time to switch to Winter friendly skin care products. Do little market research to find the best moisturizer that suits your skin type. Ideally go for an organic one. It is strongly recommended that you choose oil based moisturizer than the water based since oil based moisturizer will retain the moistness of the skin for longer time.
There are sunscreen lotions available for winter times that contain sun protection formula as well as moisturizing ingredients that help your skin getting tanned in winter as well. If you stay out in the sun for longer hours then its a must have thing for you.
Maintain Temperature at Home
Use heaters to maintain the temperature inside the home. Make sure that the inside temperature should be warm and not hot. Either you come home or go out if your skin is facing extreme temperatures than it is likely that you may irritate your skin which may result into broken skin. Wear socks at home, too.
Change Your Beauty Products
According to the change in weather conditions, try to change your beauty products which suit to your skin. In winter, go for the products which contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Green Tea Extract, Coffee Berry Extracts, etc. Such products contain anti-oxidants and starts collagen production. Antioxidants boost skin’s repair rate and also increases circulation in the body. Check for good moisturizing creams and lotions for your face as well as a whole body.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eat a healthy and balance diet full of nutrients, vitamins and proteins. Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking required amount of water and juices. This will help your skin to retain the required moisture in this cold season. Pomegranates, Dark Leafy Green Vegetables, Citrus Fruits, Potatoes, Almonds are considered as healthy foods for winters. Curd does wonder to your skin if consumed on a regular basis. Eating dairy products in wise quantity also gives your skin the required moisture.
Drinking excess water will not help but consuming little warm water with little lemon squeezed into it will work wonders.
Take Care of Your Feet
Your feet need extra care during the winter season. Apply lotions which contain Glycerin or Petroleum Jelly on your feet daily. Try to keep them covered as much as possible. Do Pedicures on a regular basis to remove dead skin.
Use DIY Masks
You can take care of your face skin by applying DIY skin care face masks. You can make them at home as well. There are plenty of homemade DIY face mask recipes available out there that include natural moisturizing ingredients like Honey, Aloe vera, Avocado, Yogurt, Olive, Jojoba Oil, etc.
Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.
Few Extra Tips on Skin Care in Winters
- Avoid bubble baths in winter as it tends to dry the skin.
- When you wash your skin or take a bath apply the moisturizer to your body within three minutes to provide maximum protection to your skin once you pat it dry.
- Consumption of 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil in your daily diet helps your body in protecting the balance of the skin. So include coconut oil in your diet.
- You need to also take care of your chapped lips, itchy elbows and dry skin during winters as every body part requires equal attention.
With these simple and handy tips, you can take very good care of your skin in winter season and fight with it well. By taking care of everything, you can enjoy the season at its best and that too with fewer worries.