We eagerly wait for winter. It brings Christmas, New Year- a season of celebrations. And winter is the time to style those Scarves, Boots, Furry coat, Knitted jumper dress, and all that you are excited to style on in winter. But what about your delicate skin? Don’t you want to make your skin look as amazing as you?
Winter can be harsh on your skin if you don’t look after it well. The cold, dry air of winter can leave your skin feel dry, itchy, and irritated. So it’s time to take extra care of your skin in the chilly weather.
We are here with some ways to keep your skin feeling supple in winter also.
Winter Skin Care Tips
Invest in a good humidifier
Using a humidifier in your home or office in the time of winter will keep your skin hydrated. Place a humidifier in the room where you spend most of the time.
- Limit shower time
You might be loving a long steamy shower in winter, but a 5-10 minutes lukewarm shower is enough for your skin. Do apply moisturizer after bath; it will lock the moisture in the skin.
- Choose skincare products carefully
The products which kept your skin happy during summers, will not necessarily keep your skin happy in winter. This is why you need to alter your skincare products accordingly with winter. Choose face cleansers that contain moisturizers and don’t rip off the moisture barrier of your skin.
A wrong soap can worsen the dryness of your skin in winter. Regular bar soaps may contain irritating ingredients and can be harsh on your skin. So better wash your body with a good moisturizing cleanser or gel. Alternatively, you can use less soap overall and limit its use to necessary areas.
- Modify your skincare regimen
Choose cream-based cleansers and other products for dry skin which will be suitable for winter. Don’t use masks, peel offs, astringents which can dry out your skin further. Take special care at night. Apply a rich moisture-based cream on your face and body. This habit will never make your skin feel dry ever in winter.
- Lip care
Lips need care all year round, especially in winter. Apply a good lip balm to get rid of those embarrassing chapped lips.
- Moisturize your hands frequently
We have to wash our hands frequently to keep it clean and hygienic. But washing hands frequently dry out our hands making it look and feel dull. And the skin on your hands has fewer oil glands as compared to the skin on any other body part. This is why hands are more prone to cracks and itchiness. So, it’s necessary to moisturize your hands frequently with a good hand cream.
- Take care of feet
Feet get excessively dried during winter. Cracked heels are a common issue we face in winter. Apply a glycerin-based cream or petroleum jelly overnight to keep it hydrated. Also, scrub away death cells of feet occasionally so that the skin of your feet can absorb the moisture easily.
- Apply Sunscreen – even on gray winter days
Be it summer, monsoon, or winter we need to protect our skin. In brighter sunny days of winter, snow reflects the sun rays up to 80%. Whether you are playing in the snow or taking a sunbath, you cannot forget applying sunscreen before stepping out in the sun. Don’t let the darker, dreary days fool you, as the harmful UV rays can pass through the clouds and do the damage to. So, apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or above on the exposed parts of the body.
- Don’t overlook the sunglasses
Yes! Don’t ditch the sunglasses in those bright sunny days of winter also. The glare from the sun can harm the skin around your eyes as it does round the year. Make sure, you wear a good quality UV protected sunglasses.
- Don’t exfoliate too much
Exfoliation is necessary, but over-exfoliation is a strict NO. Especially in winter, when your skin barrier is already compromised due to cold and dry weather, minimize the frequency of exfoliation. Exfoliation once a week Is fine as it helps in boosting skin regeneration and better product absorption.
- Wear comfortable clothing
Choose your winter clothing carefully as it can irritate your skin. Keep woolen and rough clothing from directly touching your skin. Wear clothing of light fabric with breathable materials directly against your skin. Then pull on your heavy and warmer sweaters. Make sure your hands are protected with gloves or mittens.
- Stay hydrated
Even though we don’t feel thirsty in winter, we should maintain the water intake for the rest of the year. Drinking water is necessary for your body and skin too. And if you think that you are missing out on enough hydration, then you can cover that up with fruits, vegetables, and food items like soup, salad, juice, and milk. In this way, your body will get the nutrients and will remain hydrated also.
Yes, it’s hard to leave that warm and comfy blanket behind and get moving on a chilly winter morning. But exercise always and always necessary for your body. Exercise will pump up your heart rate which will help reach more blood to your skin.
These handy winter skin care tips are a good rescue option to keep your skin happy this winter. Pick your cue and get going this winter.