How To Work With Your Skin This Winter
In winter the most annoying thing is our dry skin, such using foundation becomes a real struggle this dry skin doesn’t let you happily enjoy the weather along your favourite makeup products. I know we all have really busy schedules nowadays and life has become super busy but for our own sakes we would have to take some time out for our skin.
Here are some real easy winter skin care tips.
1. Use Lukewarm Water
It is very tempting to go for hot showers when the temperature is dipping. But if you love your skin, avoid them. Instead, use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face. Hot showers dry your skin quickly, and if you do not moisturize it immediately, your skin can develop cracks and winter eczema.
2. Stay Hydrated
Be it inside your home or outside, the air is drier in winter. And as a result, water evaporates from your body easily. Hence, you need to keep your skin hydrated. An easy way to keep it hydrated is by drinking lots of water.
3. Choose Skin Care Products Wisely
What kept your skin happy during summers can make it sad during winters. And that’s why you need to change your skin care products accordingly. The key to healthy and glowing winter skin is using mild skin care products. Choose cleansers that contain moisturizers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier. If you have acne or breakouts, use products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, hydration serums, and glycerin to help in repairing the moisture barrier of your skin.
Avoid masks and peels, astringent lotions, and any product that contains alcohol as they make your skin dry during winters.
4. Protect Your Skin
You need to protect your skin from the cold wind or snow or rain if you are stepping out in winter. So, wear gloves and caps and do not forget your sunscreen lotion. The warm sun rays feel pleasant, but the UV rays can damage your skin a lot. Choose a sunscreen that has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
5. Do Not Exfoliate Much
Exfoliating the skin helps in getting rid of dead cells. But you have to be careful during winters because your skin barrier is already compromised due to the dry and cold weather. And you don’t want to lose it with excess exfoliation. Exfoliating your skin once a week is fine – this helps in boosting skin regeneration and better product absorption. Also, you should exfoliate depending on your skin type. If you have very dry skin, avoid exfoliating at all. If you have combination and oily skin, once a week is fine.
6. Don’t Forget The Hands
The skin on your hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands as compared to the skin on any other body part. That’s why moisture escapes from your hands quickly, making them prone to cracks and itchiness. Apply a moisturizer and wear woolen gloves whenever you are going out. If you are allergic to wool, wear thin cotton gloves and then wear the woolen ones over them.
7. Care For Your Feet
Choose glycerin-based creams and petroleum jelly to moisturize your feet. Also, make sure you exfoliate the skin on your feet occasionally so that it can absorb the moisturizer easily.
8. Do Not Wear Wet Clothes For Too Long
This will irritate your skin further and cause itchiness. Walking and playing in the snow is fine, but make sure you remove the wet socks, pants, and gloves as soon as possible.
9. Avoid Anything That Irritates The Skin
Follow this if you have persistent skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. Winter skin is extremely fragile, and exposure to allergens can trigger your symptoms. Many people are allergic to wool but cannot resist the temptation to wear their winter knits. If this is the same scenario with you, always choose winter wear that is made from high-grade wool. If possible, go for winter wear made from cotton or synthetic wool or any other material.