Winter is not particularly a comfortable time for your skin. Let it be dryness, flaking and peeling skin or simply the laziness of taking action to protect your skin from uncountable threats, winter can be an unpleasant time in terms of skin beauty and health.
However, here are a few winter skin care tips to help your way through the winter in a rather comfortable manner.
One of your top priorities for skin care during winter needs to be moisturizing. Just watch your skin going dry after a bath or a shower, so do not waste any time once you get out in applying moisturizer, which you should actually be doing within a couple of minutes.
Use your moisturizer as frequently as comfortably possible or appropriate for your skin, but not any less than twice a day, morning and evening. Choose your moisturizer carefully and find an oil based product. Make sure your moisturizer features ingredients such as lactic acid, lanolin, glycerine, sorbitol, petroleum jelly and mineral oil.
Pick the Right Face Moisturizer
A moisturizer that works for the rest of the skin may not prove to be appropriate for your face. The skin of your face is more sensitive and clogging of your sebaceous glands could even lead to the development of comedones. Try looking for ‘non-clogging’ natural oils instead, such as mineral oil, primrose oil and avocado oil.
Use a Mild Soap
Soap is the greatest enemy of the freshness of your skin during winters. And the more caustic the soap is, the worse is its effect. First of all, you should avoid applying too much soap on your skin in the first place. Using liquid cleansers containing petroleum is a much better option.
Don’t Bathe or Shower Too Frequently
This could irritate you if you are a hygiene freak, but limiting the exposure of your skin to water and soap will help prevent dryness a great deal. You should not shower for more than once or twice a day while using lukewarm water instead of hot water. And even if you want to increase the frequency, do not expose your skin to bath water for more than a minute or two.
Invest in a Quality Humidifier
Internal heating can suck moisture out of your skin thanks to its constant blowing of dry hot air in your immediate surroundings. The best way to deal with it is investing in a quality humidifier which can absorb the excessive moisture in your living space, reducing the toll internal heating takes on your skin.
Skip the Heel Cracks
The skin of your feet takes a lot of beating during the winter season. While it is much easier to take care of your feet during summers, you need to change your strategy in winter. Look for a foot lotion that contains petroleum jelly and regularly apply to your feet and exfoliate regularly to avoid those irritating heel cracks.
Beware of the Winter Sun Glare
A lot of people tend to think that sunscreen is only good for summers. The radiation could get even worse if there is a lot of snow around your vicinity, which can reflect sunlight with a much greater intensity than the light directly from the sun, which could harm your skin. Therefore, take care to put your sunscreen on before going out in the snow.
Make sure you exfoliate your skin softly when it is so dry that the process is expected to become a little painful. You should particularly be careful with the skin of your face and should avoid using strong agents such as alcohol based toners.
Wear Warm Clothes
Dress appropriately for winter and keep your skin well covered particularly when you are going out in the middle of a blizzard or in a windy day. Use scarves, beanies, gloves, jackets or whatever you need to wear to protect your skin from bearing the brunt of the chilly temperatures in the winter.
Everyone talks about getting adequately hydrated during summers, but your water intake is as crucial in the winter, and it is even often neglected in this case. Adequate hydration will prevent the dryness of skin to a great extent and will keep your skin robust, moisturized and fresh.
You don’t really have to work harder to maintain your skin in winter than in summer. All you need to do are the right things without neglecting their importance.
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