Yaayy! Winter’s here! And this instantly brings to our mind cosy scarves and sweaters, bonfires, hot chocolate and what not. We welcome winters because it takes us away from the harsh heat of the summer.
However, the cold comes with its own problems. The cold air, hotter showers, and the low humidity in this weather takes away the moisture from one’s skin because when the temperatures drop our body tries to hold in the heat by narrowing the blood vessels, leaving our skin dry and dull.
And this calls for a winter proof skincare routine. It’s kind of crazy to think that you can use the same products all year round. Just like you change your wardrobe according to the season, your skincare routine needs a change as well. Minor changes in your regular skincare routine can make a lot of difference. Also, in addition to changes in your external skincare routines, you can adopt some dietary changes that include antioxidant-rich food.
Here are a few ways through which you can winterize your skincare routine:
Cleanse without drying out the skin
As your skin would tend to dry out easily in the winters, use a hydrating cleanser so that you don’t lose the essential oils on your skin. People with normal to dry skin can also use cleansing oils, either alone or as a part of a double cleanse. Cleansing oils can also be used to remove makeup. It will also nourish your skin in the process.
For people with combination to oily skin, using a cleansing oil that does not contain any surfactants or emulsifiers is inadvisable.
Use products that moisturize the skin
When the humidity in the atmosphere decreases, more moisture is needed.
A moisturizing body wash should be the first step of your skincare routine. Prep your body with a layer of moisture in the bath before moisturizing even more after coming out. By doing this, your skin will be smoother than ever before.
After your bath, apply a moisturizer with its intensity varying according to your skin. If you have extremely dry skin, go for a rich crème based moisturizer. Also, be sure to exfoliate and moisturize rougher and drier patches such as elbows and knees.
Sheet masks help in adding moisture to the skin and hydrating it. They contain super-moisturizing ingredients such as Niacinamide, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid which are sure to leave your skin with a glow.
Add a Serum to your routine
Add a serum to your skincare routine to provide your skin with a boost of nutrients. You can apply the serum after cleansing but before moisturizing with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin.
It may seem like serum is meant for grown-up skin because most of them have anti-ageing written on them, but they can actually be quite helpful in providing an extra layer of protection and hydration.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
Even if it is cold out, don’t think that the sun rays won’t harm you. Sunscreen is essential in protecting you from the harmful ultraviolet rays.
Remember to take care of your lips
Dry and chapped lips are a fact of life in winters. But they can be completely healed by using a hydrating balm at least three times a day. Also, exfoliate your lips at least twice a week to get rid of dry and dead skin.
Also, avoid long-lasting or matte lipsticks because their ingredients tend to cause dryness.
Hydrate your scalp
What could be worse than wearing a black top and noticing white flakes all over your shoulders? Your scalp can get very dry and flaky in the winters leading to itchiness and dandruff. Treat your scalp by providing it with the same treatment you would provide your skin. Massage it with oils and use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
Use antioxidant-rich products
Antioxidants are necessary if you want radiant and healthy skin. Let’s discuss what they do: they fight free radicals which harm our skin cells. Antioxidants limit the production of free radicals on the skin and reduce signs of ageing, calm inflamed skin, tone the skin etc. They also brighten the skin by stopping the production of abnormal pigmentation.
Make use of what is available at home
Here is a list of items readily available at home that you can utilize when you are looking to not spend much:
Yoghurt – A source of lactic acid which aids in exfoliation. It also contains vitamin E that helps in fighting inflammation and calms the skin
Oatmeal – Looking to lock in moisture? An oatmeal bath will help you in removing dirt from the skin and also hydrating it.
Honey – It is a natural moisturizer and is full of anti-oxidants. Its antibacterial properties help in fighting irritation and acne.
Coconut oil – It helps in moisturizing and fights inflammation.
Remember to drink enough water
We know that you are aware of how important it is to drink enough water but in this weather when it’s not hot and sweaty outside, it becomes easier to forget about it. Drinking water is essential in eliminating toxins from the body and keeping the skin clear and hydrated.
That’s all from us this time! Do let us know any winter skin care tip that you have! Leave it in the comments below. And keep following for more skincare tips and hacks.