Winter Skin Care Tips – How to Keep Dry Skin Away

The clear, blue sky in winter season brings in joy, health and happiness. This is the time when we long for the warm, bright sun after a dewy weather. Nonetheless, the chill and dryness of wintry weather tends to sap moisture from the skin, making it look dry, flaky and a bit irritable. By following an easy Winter Skincare Regimen you can enjoy the healthy benefits of winters without looking dull or parched.

Dry skin is usually sensitive and, since winter tends to worsen the condition, it requires thorough care. The best approach to managing dry skin is to avoid using commercial creams and lotions that contain mineral oils and other petroleum products.

The best treatment for dry skin is to apply a moisturizing lotion.  Most people think the best time to apply moisturizing lotion is when their skin is dry.  Actually, the best time to apply lotion is right after you get out of the shower or tub.

Creams, lotions, moisturizers and other skin-care products that are based on natural organic herbal ingredients are extremely beneficial for dry skin – they heal, deeply moisturize, and protect skin from aging.They gently refresh dry skin without causing irritation, while respecting its balance of moisture. Toners and milks effectively remove daily impurities and makeup, purify and refine pores, and leave dry skin feeling clean, soft, and hydrated.

Learn how to stop winter from drying your skin. Here are 14 winter skin care tips for keeping a well nourished, hydrated, soft, glowing and radiant through the winter months.

Awaken Yourself With a Hot Shower

A stimulating hot shower every morning is extremely important in winters as it freshens you up and maintains skin hygiene. The temperature of water should not be extremely hot as it dries the skin. Soothing, warm water is best recommended for a well hydrated skin.

Apply Generous Amount of Body Oil Before Bath

Oil massaging your body is an effective way to keep dryness at bay. If it is not always feasible to do so before bath, opt for non-greasy, quick absorbing oils that can be applied before bedtime so that you get a relaxing sleep as well.

Use a Moisturizing Soap Bar

Though the age old home remedies of Besan (Gram flour) and Choker (Wheat husk) mixed in little oil is best for cleansing and exfoliation but if you cannot do without a soap bar, opt for one that contains Olive oil, Jojoba oil and Aloe vera to keep your skin healthy, happy and clean.

Opt for a Hydrating Face wash

The facial skin needs special care in the cool, dry weather. Use pH balanced, gentle, hydrating face washes, which preferably contain Aloe vera and wheatgerm oil, in sufficient quantities, along with other cleansing and moisturizing herbs.

Pamper your Skin with a Rich Moisturizer

Choose a moisturizer that suits your age-specific skincare requirements. It is suggested to apply moisturizers that come with added advantage of sun protection. Essential oils of Almond, Wheatgerm and Carrot seed along with Aloe Vera are exceptionally rejuvenating for your skin during winters. Look for natural, preferably organic, products that contain such ingredients. It is always advisable to use skin care creams or ointments rather than lotions in winters as the they form a protective covering over the surface of skin.

Apply the moisturizer at least twice daily, that is, after bath (hydrate the skin while it is still damp) and before bedtime. It can be reapplied as often as required.

Hand moisturizers must be applied each time you wash your hands because water, on evaporation, takes away the natural moisturizers from skin. Timely and repeated skin hydration checks drying of skin. Moisturize your nail area as well as they may get brittle and dried up.Protective gloves are recommended if you need to be in prolonged contact with water for household or other tasks.

Don’t forget a Protective Sunscreen

If your moisturizer doesn’t provide you with sun protection, apply a suitable sunscreen of SPF 20 or more as you spend more hours in sun in winters, without paying attention to harmful effects of UV rays. Sunscreen protects your exposed skin from getting fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and other signs of photoaging.

Take Special Care of your Lips

Chapping and drying of lips is very common in winters. Apply moisturizing lip balms and moisture containing lip sticks to keep them supple. Look for organic products that contain natural vitamin E and fruit extracts as they work best on your lips. Avoid licking your lips as this worsens dryness.

Exfoliate Twice Weekly

Scrubbing removes accumulated grime and dead skin cells effectively. It also allows the skin to absorb extra moisture and keeps your skin soft, smooth, youthful and radiant.

Oil your Hair and Keep your Scalp Clean

Like the skin, your hair and scalp are also susceptible to dryness in this season. Oil massage your tresses twice weekly and you can shampoo them afterwards. Conditioning is equally important to keep your hair silky soft and smooth. Never leave home with wet hair tucked in because they become weak and fall off on drying.

Don’t neglect your Fluid Intake

In winters, feeling thirsty is not so common; still, it is advisable to have your regular intake of 8-10 glasses of water or fluids to maintain glow and hydration of your skin. In winters, it is easier to have warm water with lemon; this detoxifies your system and keeps you energized.

Have a Healthful Sumptuous Meal

Winter is the season when we can really relish upon those delicacies that we tend to avoid otherwise. The digestion is at its best and if you have some ghee on chapatis, it won’t hurt for sure. A little extra fat in meals will add extra glow to skin and hair. Eat a balanced, nourishing diet and take extra servings of fruits and nuts.

Get Plenty of Sleep

There’s nothing like 7-8 hours of a warm, relaxing sleep as it restores your energy and keeps you vibrant as ever. Sleep has no substitute, so don’t compromise on this either.

Other Skin Concerns in Winters

Those who suffer from psoriasis, eczema, seborrhea or dandruff should take special care as these conditions tend to flare up in dry, chilly weather. Visit your dermatologist and start with your prescriptions right at the onset of the season so that you can protect yourself from avoidable agony.

This simple Winter Skincare Regime is sure to keep your skin at its best during the wintry chill so that you can enjoy the weather to your heart’s desire.

Dr. Uma Singh has 35 years of experience in Biomedical Research and Pharmacology. She was a scientist at AIIMS for 25 years. She has been associated with Ozone Group for the past 2 years, providing Medical and Scientific informatics support to Ozone Pharmaceuticals and Ozone Ayurvedics.

 

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