Winter weather is fun for a lot of things like sipping on hot coffee and tea, putting on our favourite pair of boots & gloves and moreover winter vacations. But it is certainly not fun for our skin and hair. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every day. Without immediate care, flaking, itchiness and dryness is usual and can easily lead to habitual dehydration, with sensitive skins and red patches.
Dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, so do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.
To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and to keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these few winter skin care tips.
1) Keep the water cool
A long, hot shower and bath might feel great on a cold day, but when you can, stick to warm or lukewarm water for 5 minutes or less. Long exposure to hot water can strip moisture and oil out from hair and skin and make them dry and dull.
2) Moisturize right away
Your skin not only needs more moisture, but it needs moisture right after you wash or have a bath. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.
3) Protect your skin
When heading into the great outdoors, dress for the weather with a hat, scarf, and gloves to avoid windburn and prolonged exposure to cold air.Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply sunscreen before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
4) Skin nourishment
Nourish the skin every night before going to the bed. Apply a skin life anti-ageing cream depending on your skin type and massage it on to the skin with a little water. Use outward and slightly upward strokes. Ensure that the cream is rich in Vitamins A and E.
5) Use the humidifier
Be it the Central heating system or room heaters, all blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Use a room humidifier, which helps disperse the moisture more evenly.
6) Drink more water
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like coffee and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time. Also try ginger or mint to flavour your normal water.
7) Exfoliate you skin
We often forget to help the skin shed off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.
Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots.
Eat foods full of healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, nuts, olive oil, flaxseed, sardines, and avocados. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.
Have a healthy and glowing winter! 🙂