As it is getting gradually nippy out there, our skin is starting to get dry and cracked. Winter is a hard time and it especially wreaks havoc on our skin. The natural oils are stripped of our skin leaving it dry and itchy. In severe cases, it can also lead to psoriasis and eczema. It is therefore important that we take certain precautions and change our winter skin care products. Try these simple tips to prevent chipping, itchiness, and redness.
1. Shower in lukewarm water
You might be highly tempted to take a hot shower as it feels comforting in winter but that is the biggest mistake you will be making. It is never a good habit to put hot water on your skin as it strips your skin off the natural oils and moisture. Use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face and hands.
2. Always use a Moisturizer
If you think you have oily skin and moisturizer is not required for you, give it a second thought. We all need a moisturizer but the key is to choose the perfect moisturizer according to your skin type. The nippy climate along with chilly skin-biting winds and a central heating system is not accepted by the skin very well and they rebel by drying out and chapping.
Here are some useful tips on how you can choose a moisturizer for your skin:
- For Dry Skin – Choose creams that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid as it is extremely hydrating on the skin.
For oily skin – Choose oil-free moisturizers that have lighter formulae or you can also pick up gels and serums. It will prevent dehydration and at the same time not cause breakouts and blocked pores.
For sensitive skin – It is very tricky to pick products for sensitive skin. However, choose a cream that is thick in consistency and contains antioxidants. A fragrance-free product is the best.
- For combination skin – Combination skin requires a lot of products and you might have to change your routine as and when required. If your skin feels dry on someday, use a cream or an oil-based cleanser. But if it starts feeling a little congested, switch the heavy creams for light lotions and moisturizers.
3. Use a Sunscreen
A common mistake most people make during winters is to skip out sunscreen altogether. Though you might think that the sun is not harsh during winters, but the UV rays can damage your skin. So before you head out on a winter day, be sure to apply a liberal amount of sunscreen on your face and other exposed areas for protection.
4. Internal care
During winters you must care for your skin from within. Pick on the right foods that give you the extra dose of antioxidants. Have plenty of omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids from food sources like nuts, seeds, fish and olive oil. You may also opt for fish oil capsules. Also, exercise as it increases blood circulation the body while making your skin soft and supple.
5. Take care of hands and feet
Hands and feet are the most affected in cold winter months. After a warm shower or after each hand wash, apply a soothing moisturizer on your hands. Don’t forget the nails and in between your fingers.
Your feet need some extra care too as the heels are very prone to get cracked in winters. Exfoliate your feet occasionally and apply a glycerin based cream or petroleum jelly. Vaseline petroleum jelly works best for cracked feet.
Besides these, follow a diet that will hydrate you from within. Don’t forget to drink enough water. Enjoy the winters with healthy and glowing skin!
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