Did you get a back notification on your phone reminding you of what you did last winter? Sitting by the fireplace and toasting marshmallows with your family is a great feeling. But wait? Winters can also mean dry and irritated skin, which can take away all your happiness. Cold, icy winds can wreak havoc on your skin and leave you scratching like a flea-infested animal.
What if we tell you that this winter is going to be different? Yes! In this article, we’ve put together some effective winter skincare tips to help you deal with extreme weather changes.
Top 10 Winter Skin Care Tips
Follow these 10 tips to stay dry and flaky-free all winter long:
1. Invest in a rich moisturizer:
Your regular water-based moisturizer may underperform during winters. So, it’s time to replace that with a thick, oil-based moisturizing lotion that can seal in the moisture content in your skin for long hours. Choose products that contain ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, etc. having rich emollient properties. Apply the lotion all over your body immediately after showering for best results.
2. Use a humidifier in your room:
Winter winds are quite dry and lack moisture. They can remove the natural moisture from the skin and leave it elastic. This is where a humidifier can help you! This device can increase humidity or humidity levels in the air that reduce the appearance of dry, cracked skin. Cold humidifiers are better for people with dry skin problems like eczema than hot humidifiers.
3. Avoid bathing in hot water:
Many people make the serious mistake of bathing in very hot water to cope with the cold. This practice can remove natural oils and moisture content from the skin. It can cause redness, peeling, peeling of the skin, etc. The ideal temperature of the bath water should be around 112 F or around 44 C.
4. Stay hydrated:
Like other cells in the body, our skin cells are made up mostly of water. Lack of enough water in the body can cause these cells to become dehydrated and give them a dry, flaky appearance. Therefore, you should drink at least 8-10 glasses or more per day in winters to maintain sufficient levels of water in the body.
5. Say no to harsh soaps:
Most of the synthetic bath soaps available on the market are loaded with harsh chemicals that remove natural oils and moisture from the skin. Avoid using products that contain sulfates, parabens, added fragrances, alcohol, and synthetic dyes that can make your dry skin problems worse. Instead, choose mild soap-free cleansers that contain glycerin, vegetable oils, hyaluronic acid, etc., which are gentle on the skin. Also, apply makeup minimally and remove it before hitting the bed.
6. Apply lipstick or lip balm:
The lips are the most delicate areas of your skin and also the most ignored! Instead of using the same facial moisturizer for your lips as well, try using lipstick or a lip balm. Choose natural organic products made with beeswax, shea butter, etc. that will not have toxic effects even if they accidentally get into your mouth. Reapply the balm every 2-3 hours to keep your lips soft and supple.
7. Don’t forget to use a sunscreen:
If you thought you could skip sunscreen on cold, less sunny days, you are so wrong! Research shows that the ultraviolet radiation from the winter sun can be as high as any other day of the year. That’s why it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from photoaging, melasma, and even cancer.
8. Follow a healthy and balanced diet:
The saying: ‘You are what you eat’ couldn’t be more true. What you eat can affect the quality and appearance of your skin. So, say no to junk food and instead enjoy a healthy and balanced diet. Eat plenty of avocado, sweet potatoes, salmon, nuts, leafy greens, tomatoes, etc., which are rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that nourish your skin.
9. Exfoliate once a week:
Their skin can look dry, cracked, and visibly flaky in winters. White scales are dead cells that accumulate in the superficial layers of the skin. Cleaning them once a week is essential to maintaining healthy-looking skin. You don’t have to invest in an expensive scrub for that! Stir up your kitchen and make a homemade scrub with ingredients like Besan, rice flour, oatmeal, etc. to remove unwanted particles without damaging your skin.
10. Wear protective equipment:
Lastly, keep your skin covered from the strong winter winds. Wear warm woolen clothing that is made of breathable material to remove sweat and excess moisture from the body. If you prefer to wear wool sweaters, wear an extra layer of cotton clothing to prevent the material from irritating your skin.
We hope these 10 winter skincare tips are helpful to you! If you don’t feel relief even after following them, see a dermatologist to determine if there are any other problems. In such cases, you may need special doctor-prescribed skin care products that also come with certain medications to cure and repair extreme dryness.