Care for your skin
... you wake up to a dull and dry appearance. Not this season! Here are some handy tips to enjoy the cool weather with glowing skin.
On a winter’s day...
Come winter, the moisture-sapping weather, wind and indoor heating can leave your skin looking lustreless. If you live through this ordeal every year, you have arrived at the right page. Read on to know how to keep your skin looking super hot even in the cold winter months.
Replace the soap: Soaps can be quite harsh on your skin. Use very gentle pH neutral cleansers and liquid body washes.
Moisturise thoroughly: Moisturising the skin well is a good way to soothe or prevent chapped skin. Ingredients such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil can help retain moisture / in the skin. Even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturise it. Opt for products labelled as non-comedogenic, as they won’t clog your pores. Lotions containing ‘humectants’, a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin may also help. Apply the moisturiser on slightly damp skin to seal the moisture. Remember to drink water to keep yourself hydrated.
Screen the sun:
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30 everyday on your face and other exposed body parts. Re-apply every two hours if you are out in the open.
Exfoliation (once a week) is important in order to remove dead skin cells and prevent skin from looking dull. However, opt for a very gentle exfoliating product and do not scrub too hard or too long. Follow it up with a hydrating mask.
Apply a lip balm, with an SPF 15 everyday and avoid licking your lips.
Care for your hands:
After every hand wash, apply a good hand cream or moisturiser and wear gloves when you step outside.
Pamper your feet:
Opt for a good foot cream that contains petroleum jelly or glycerine. Use exfoliants to get the dead skin off your feet as this helps the moisturiser to penetrate faster and deeper.
Ingredients such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil can help retain moisture in the skin. Even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturise it.
Men need to take special care while shaving during winters. Shaving can leave your skin extra irritated, especially if it’s already dry. Use a skin-appropriate shaving cream, change the blades of your shaver regularly and always shave in the direction of hair growth.
Avoid superhot baths:
Hot water can rob your skin of its protective oils. Therefore, take baths with warm water and stay in the water for lesser time. A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda will help relieve dry skin.
Opt for a humidifier:
Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out.
Follow a healthy lifestyle:
Eat a balanced and nutritious diet rich in vegetables and fruits, drink good amount of water, sleep well and exercise regularly.
Consult a dermatologist:
If your dry, itchy skin does not improve with these tips and care, consult a dermatologist. You may have a condition that isn’t just dry skin and may require a different treatment or a prescription agent to combat dry skin.