Winters are my favorite season. The chilly early mornings, the fog, the aroma of hot chocolate – It’s like magic. Boots and hoodies are out, layering and playing with clothes, it’s all so much fun. But with this magic and fun comes dry skin, chapped lips, cracked heels and sometimes lower immunity. This may be a downer to some but maintaining that glowing and supple skin is not such a task. Follow these simple skin care tips for winter and you will be glowing pink through the season
We all love having hot and steaming baths during the winter, but this is what strips off our skin of all the moisture. So, while you enjoy a hot bath, try to wash your face with regular tap water or lukewarm water at max. This will ensure that the natural oils of the skin are not stripped off.
Also, read more about how water temperature i.e. hot and cold water affects us.
Skincare consists of cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturization. We need to take some extra care during each of these steps during winters.
Chemical cleansers sometimes tend to dry out the skin, especially during winters. So post cleansing immediately moisturize.
For daily makeup try to opt for coconut oil or baby oil to remove your makeup and cleanse your face before washing. This will not dry out the skin.
Since the skin dries up faster in winters, make sure you exfoliate on a regular basis. Not just the face but the whole body.
While having a bath before stepping into the shower or wetting your body, brush your dry skin with your loofah or body brush.
Moisturize immediately after bath while your skin is slightly damp. This ensures that the dampness is locked into the skin and reduces dryness.
Heels are often most affected during winters, especially if you do not wear shoes all day. The heels start to crack and that often is very painful. So, before the cracks set in taking care of your feet helps prevent discomfort as well as from looking bad.
While having a bath, always use a pumice stone or foot brush and get rid of all the dead skin from your heels. Clean them well with your soap/ body wash or foot wash. After a bath use a good foot cream.
For very dry heels, glycerin works wonders. Just before sleeping, take a generous amount of glycerin and rub it well on your heels. Wear thin and loose fitted socks over it so that it stays in. Within a week itself, the cracked heels get repaired and the skin becomes really soft.
Do check out some amazing heel care tips shared by Papri who is one of the leading beauty and lifestyle bloggers
Another area affected immediately with temperature change and dryness are the lips. Lips often tend to get chapped and very dry. Only moisturizing the lips with a lip balm is not enough since the dry skin does not allow the moisture to penetrate. Exfoliating the lips in such cases is very important.
For a super easy DIY lip mix 1 tbsp of honey with one 1bsp of coconut oil and 2 ½ tbsp of coarse sugar. Post scrubbing you can moisturize with coconut oil, glycerin, petroleum jelly or even any lip balm
Along with external care, the skin needs to be hydrated from inside too. Water content plays a very important role in your skin health. In winters often, water consumption reduces. So, make sure you drink plenty of water. Also consuming foods with high water content helps in hydrating the skin internally. Include watermelon apples, oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots in your diet.
Foods high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and antioxidating foods are very good for good skin health. They help keep the skin soft and supple. Include goods like oranges, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, kiwis, papaya, broccoli and nuts like walnut, almonds, brazil nuts and flax seeds.
Read on for some yummy and easy vitamin A rich recipes