20 Tips for Skin Care in Winters

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20 Simple Tips for Natural Skin Care in Winters

Winter can be very harsh on the skin and skincare becomes that much more important and tedious during the winters. Below is a list of 20 simple and natural tips that can make skincare easy and effective during the cold months.

  1. Dryness is the most common skin problem during winters. So we must remember to
    • Moisturize throughout the day to trap as much moisture in our skin as possible.
    • Oil based moisturizer are better than water-based ones. But all oils are not appropriate for the face. Look for non-clogging oils, like avocado, mineral, primrose, or almond.
    • To Moisturizers choose from oils, creams and lotions depending on the dryness of your skin and your tolerance for the greasy feel with Oils being the most greasy but most effective and lotions being the least greasy but adding the least moisture and creams being a balance between the 2.
    • Avoid lotions and skin/ hair care products containing alcohol. Alcohol strips away moisture as it evaporates, so try to opt for alcohol-free products during winters.
    • Hydrate the entire body by using bath oils or a body lotion right after a shower or body wash. It will help lock in extra moisture leaving your skin silky soft.
    • Start using a creamy facial cleanser or cleansing milk instead of gel cleansers which are often astringent based and can dry out and irritate winter skin. Use a creamy cleanser even if you suffer from Acne as winter dry skin also causes acne to flare up.
  2. If your skin feels itchy and dry during the winter try switching to a soap/ body wash suitable for sensitive skin.
  3. Wash your clothes using an allergen-free laundry detergent made without perfumes or dyes. Also avoid using fabric softener sheets as they can leave small, itchy fibers on your clothes.
  4. Daily use beauty products that work well most of the year might irritate your skin in winters. For example, many common anti-aging ingredients can cause irritation and redness that can worsen in winters. If your usual routine irritates your skin during cold weather, try switching to mild and unscented products.
  5. If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, use masks that are deeply hydrating rather than clay-based ones. Also use them a little less often.
  6. Chapped lips are also a common winter problem as lips do not have oil glands and hence have a tendency to dry out in the winter. Apply a lip balm/ chap-stick as often as possible. Avoid petroleum based products for lips as it can clog the pores in your lips. Use a lip balm with at least SPF 15 and preferably one with antiseptic agents to aid in healing. Some lip balm products are made with tea tree oil, which helps heal painful cracks.
  7. A hot shower feels great in winters, but it can lead to tremendous loss of moisture and result in extremely dry skin. Try a lukewarm shower instead and stay in the water for a short span of time, followed by patting your skin dry with a towel. A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve dry and itchy skin.
  8. Get a facial:Getting a facial is a great way to clear out your skin at the start a new season. As the climate changes, so does our skin. Starting with healthier, cleaner skin allows your cold weather skin-care routine to be more effective.
  9. Exfoliate regularly: Dull, lackluster skin is common in winters due to a buildup of dead skin. To avoid this exfoliate regularly. And if it suits you, you can do it as often as 3 times a week.
  10. Hair: if you’re already dealing with dry, brittle hair, avoid the hair dryer. It’ll worsen your hair problems. Dry and style your hair with a towel, and if you still want to use a dryer, use it as little as possible.
  11. A Sunscreen is for winters too: A Sunscreen is as important in winters as in summers. Cold does not mean that the Sun’s (UV) rays are any weaker. Also, it’s a myth to associate sunburn with heat. Apply a broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen or sun-block to your face and other exposed body parts if any, 30 minutes before you step out. Keep on applying periodically if you stay outdoors for longer since the winter dryness will strip your skin of the sunscreen just like moisture. Too much sun can also worsen the problem of chapped lips and so your lip balm should also be SPF 15 if possible.
  12. A Hat & those Shades: Avoiding sunburn means avoiding the sun, and hence covering up. Wear a hat with a wide brim that protects your head, including your ears and neck. Also, wear shades with UV protection to cover your sensitive eye area.
  13. For your Hands: The skin on your hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands so they need extra care. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, wear cotton gloves first, to avoid any irritation from the wool. Also, moisturize hands at night, followed by gloves to lock in the moisture.
  14. Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks. Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
  15. Grease up Your Feet: Try finding lotions that contain shea butter, petroleum jelly or glycerine for the feet. You can use these moisturizers for elbows and knees too. Also, use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically and help moisturizers to sink in faster and deeper. Just like the hands, moisturize your feet at night and cover them with socks to lock the moisture.
  16. Use a Humidifier: Indoor Heating Systems blow hot dry air. Humidifiers give the moisture back to the air and help prevent dry skin. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly. Humidifiers not only work well or the skin but help improving general health & breathing too.
  17. Drink water – for your skin and body: Just like sunscreen drinking water regularly is equally important in winters although you may not feel thirsty that often. In fact it’s easier to remember drinking water in summers as you perspire and feel thirsty, but in winters you may not feel that way. But winters dehydrate not just your skin but your entire body so it is all the more important to remember and drink water regularly to help your skin stay young looking and leave you healthier.
  18. It’s unavoidable to wear warm clothes and shoes during winters. However, avoid wearing wool directly on your skin. Try to wear softer fabrics, like cotton first so that your skin can breathe. Also, if your clothes become wet, you should change into dry clothes as soon as possible as wet clothes can irritate your skin.
  19. Windburn: Cold winter wind can cause an unpleasant skin condition known as windburn and it’s best to prevent it all together. Try these three windburn prevention tricks:
    • Use a thick, heavy cream to serve as a barrier against the wind.
    • Apply petroleum jelly asbut petroleum jelly makes an excellent windshield.
    • It’s important to remember your face is extremely susceptible to windburn. A ski mask will help keep the wind off your face. Wearing a hat and a scarf also protects your head, neck, ears and face.

    If you do get windburn, use a Moisturizer or Aloe Vera gel to relieve the skin of pain and also heal with time.

  20. Seek a Specialist:Going to an esthetician or dermatologist once in a while is a good investment. A specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.

Sources:

  1. articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-20/beauty/30368916_1_lip-balm-tea-tree-oil-moisturise
  2. webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/ten-winter-skin-care-tips
  3. canadianliving.com/style/beauty/10_fall_and_winter_skin_care_secrets.php
  4. health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/daily/regimen/winter-skin-care.htm

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