Winter has arrived! As a result, chapped lips and dry skin! Winter can wreak havoc on your skin, causing it to become dry, itchy, and irritated. On your skin, harsh winter conditions can be harmful, unpleasant, and even painful. Winter skin care necessitates a little extra time and effort due to the harsh conditions that our delicate protective barrier faces. During the winter, the severe cold atmosphere and dry indoor air can leave skin in less-than-ideal condition.
However, there are several ways to combat this by making minor changes to your daily skin care routine and habits. This will keep your skin soft, supple, smooth, hydrated, and vibrant this winter.
Let’s have a look at it more closely!
Signs of dry skin:
The following are some of the most prevalent signs and symptoms of dry skin:
- Flaky skin or rough texture
- Cracks on the skin
- Painful skin or stinging
- Wrinkled skin with loose texture
- Skin irritation
- Peeling of skin
9 effective tips for winter skin care:
A small tweak in your everyday routine can help you combat the dry skin that winter brings.
1. Moisturize your skin:
Moisturization is an important step in any winter skin care routine, whether you have oily skin, normal skin, or dry skin. The natural oil for the skin is stripped away when you bathe, wash your hands, or wash your face. These natural oils are what keep your skin hydrated, healthy, and supple. As a result, it is critical to moisturize your skin every time you wash it, especially in the winter. Natural moisturizers include coconut oil, aloe vera, olive oil, buttermilk, and cocoa butter.
2. Reset your skin care routine:
If your facial skin appears to be particularly sensitive or dry as a result of the dry winter air, you may try to reconsider or simplify your skin care routine for the time being. It is also possible to use just a moisturizer and sunscreen. When you feel your skin is healthy, you can reintroduce your skin care treatment products.
During the winter, cream-based cleansers and products are always preferable. Aside from that, use toners and astringents sparingly because they contain alcohols that can dry out your skin. Use a rich moisturizer on your face and skin at night. Don’t forget about your lips. According to the AAD, using a moisturizing balm can help heal dry, cracked lips and keep them from becoming chapped.
3. Apply sunscreen:
Application of sunscreen should be a daily and a year-round habit that everyone should build. Application of sunscreen during summers is a must and explainable, but why winters? This is because during winters, the ozone layers thin out. This means we have less defense against UV rays. Even in the winter, damaging UV rays can cause damage to your skin’s moisture barrier, which is essential for skin health and hydration. Therefore, it is important to apply sunscreen even to the easy to forget areas. The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends using sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
4. Overnight treatments:
In the winter, this is an excellent way to replenish your skin. Overnight treatments with emollients and occlusive are an excellent way to keep your skin soft and hydrated. These are excellent for moisturizing the skin, but they take longer to absorb into the skin. As a result, by applying these overnight, your skin will have enough time to absorb them and restore itself. Wrapping your hands and feet in gloves and socks after applying moisturiser is also a good idea.
5. Drink a lot of water:
We tend to drink less water than necessary throughout the winter, whether consciously or unconsciously. This causes us and our skin to become dehydrated. Another important aspect of keeping your skin healthy and shining is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Inadequate hydration can alter the appearance of your skin and make it more prone to drying out.
6. Avoid scrubbing and scratching:
Skin exfoliation might be a regular skin care practise for you, but if your skin is cracked and dry, you should avoid it until it heals. Aside from that, if your skin feels stringy, avoid scratching and scrubbing excessively. This could result in bleeding and bruises. If your skin appears dry or flaky, a gentle chemical exfoliation may be preferable than a physical scrub. Scrubs containing big particles that are harsher are more likely to damage your skin’s moisture barrier.
7. Use gentle skin care products:
Using the improper skin care products can aggravate your skin, whether it’s winter or summer. In the winter, choosing the correct moisturizer, soap, body wash, face wash, exfoliators, and cleansers is crucial. Choose items that are appropriate for your skin type. The natural oils and moisture in your skin should be able to be retained by your skin care products. You can also avoid winter skin problems by using less soap overall, so just lather your hands, armpits, genitals, and feet when necessary.
8. Choose comfortable clothes:
Winter needs warmth, but the winter clothing you choose might have an impact on your skin. When dealing with any skin ailment, it’s a good idea to avoid using harsh materials. And dry skin is no different. Avoid wearing apparel that is too tight. Whenever possible, dress in soft cotton clothing. Give your skin a chance to breathe. Furthermore, they frequently wash their garments with harsh detergents and chemicals.
9. Limit your bathing time:
It is tempting to take long hot water showers in winter, but your skin will be better served if this temptation would be replaced by short warm water baths. Hot water evaporates quickly, drying your skin and compromising its natural protective barrier. Avoid using hot water baths and limit bathing time. Moreover, immediately dry yourself well and moisturize.
Foods to protect your skin in winter:
Nuts and seeds:
Nuts and seeds have many characteristics that make them an excellent food for healthy skin. They are a good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that the body cannot make itself. Many health experts advise eating a handful of nuts and seeds every day. Almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and others all carry omega 3 fatty acids that are good for your body. These fatty acids help to strengthen the membranes of skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep the skin plump and glowing and keeps out toxins that can damage skin cells.
During the winter, many Indian homes make a variety of sweets with jaggery or gur. This is because jaggery is not only a nutritious sugar substitute, but it is also known to generate heat in the body, which helps to keep the body warm in the cold. Jaggery also contains glycolic acid, which smoothes the texture of your skin, making it soft and supple.
Benefits of tomatoes for dry skin on the face are plenty. It contains several skin friendly vitamins and nutrients that can give you beautiful and glowing skin such as lycopene and antioxidants. These can repair damaged skin cells and restore its natural, healthy glow. It also contains deep cleansing agents and corrects the skin pH levels (making it not too dry nor too oily), therefore can very well prevent dryness in skin and minimize acne. (What are other benefits of consuming a tomato every day?)
Butter oil (ghee) is a natural and easy source of essential healthy fats that is beneficial for your overall health. Ghee, according to Ayurveda, helps you stay warm from the inside out, which is why it’s used in so many winter recipes. Ghee is high in essential fatty acids, which can aid to nourish dull, dry skin. It also aids in the hydration of the skin’s cells.
The natural oils in avocado deeply penetrate the skin to nourish, soften and hydrate. Avocado is packed with vitamin A which is responsible for ensuring effective cell repair. It is a great source of biotin, which is part of Vitamin B and helps to control dry skin issues. They are factories of healthy fats including vitamin E, which are essential to keep skin flexible and moisturized. Additionally, avocado also helps to slow the visible signs of ageing. (What is an easy recipe to use avocado?)
During the winter, never underrate the power of green vegetables like spinach, cabbage, kale, methi (fenugreek), broccoli, and others. These veggies are the queen of beauty in winters, as they are high in vitamins C, A, and K, which help repair skin tissues, reduce free radical damage, and make you glow.
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