Winter season is just around the corner and with it comes a fair share of trouble. To protect your skin from the dry winter air, you need to adopt certain winter skincare routines. For obvious reasons, the chilly weather throws our bodies into defensive mode. Our blood vessels narrow down to keep the heat in. Just like your wardrobe changes with seasons, so should your skincare routine. Most people have either oily or dry skin and the onset of winter can prove to be quite a challenge. That’s why you can’t stick to the same skincare routine all year round. Whether you stay indoors or expose your skin in the freezing weather, proper steps should be taken to avoid possible skin infections. Here, you’ll find useful information to keep your skin happy from head to toe.
1. Get a Quality Cream
You need a double care cream that does not dry up your skin. During winter you need to opt for a product that protects your skin without stripping it of the oils. Shop for a product that detoxifies and hydrates your face at the same time. Similarly, use products that allow your skin to breath. For those who can’t do without makeup, go for non-soapy cleansers. Not only do soaps dehydrate your skin, but also leave your skin vulnerable. Remember, your skin’s moisture needs to be locked in, especially on your face.
2. Include Nourishing Serum
Some people believe that serums are for aging skin. Actually, they also help lock in moisture which, considering the dry air, is what your skin requires most. Serums are rich in vitamins and minerals which keep your skin soft and protected. Face serum should be applied to the skin the first thing after cleansing before applying a moisturizer. The result is a firmer skin with small pores. For better care, apply on your skin twice a day.
3. Make Use of Home-Made Skin Products
Natural moisturizers like honey, coconut oil, and yogurt play an important role in keeping your skin smooth. Honey and coconut oil helps with acne and skin irritation due to their antibacterial properties. On the other hand, yogurt contains vitamin E and lactic acid which act to remove dead skin as well tighten the pores.
4. Drink Lots of Water
We can’t stress enough the importance of water in our bodies. It’s easy to forget to take water in the cold winter weather. Even worse, we assume that since we are not sweating, we don’t lose any water. Nothing could be further from the truth. Water aids in digestion and will give your skin a radiant look. As a rule, take a minimum of eight glasses of water daily. Apart from keeping your skin hydrated, water removes toxins and replenishes skin tissue.”
5. Go for a Cream Cleanser Instead of a Foaming Cleanser
If you have dry, sensitive skin, you want a cleanser that is gentle and non-irritating. While it’s necessary to use foaming cleansers during summer when you are all sweaty, cream cleansers are ideal during winter. They remove impurities without drying the skin.
Plus, they soothe your skin while fortifying its natural barrier function. Opt for milk or gel products since they boost antioxidants to leave your skin silky. Additionally, milk cream should be applied in thick layers to maintain that natural look.
6. Face Mask Will Come in Handy
After the evening shower, your face needs something to rejuvenate it after spending the day in a not-so-cool-weather. The sheet mask is easier to deal with and penetrates to your skin faster for better hydration. A face mask feels soft on your skin and the excess liquid from the mask should be gently massaged on to your skin for better results. A fifteen minutes face mask is all you need to keep your skin looking good and healthy.
You can make your own face mask by blending honey and yogurt. Apply the thick cream and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. This will make your skin glow despite the harsh weather.”
7. Use Eye Cream
The skin around the eyes is delicate. During winter, the dry winds cause our eyes to water constantly. This can highlight the wrinkles and fine lines that come with aging.
Eye cream nourishes the skin to conceal the lines and lighten up those dark circles. It’s a must-have product in your winter skincare routine.
8. Don’t Forget Your Lip Balm
Ever experienced dry, cracked and painful lips? They aren’t pretty. There are no oil glands on the skin of our lips. This makes it prone to drying and flaking. The matte formula that made you look glamorous in summer may worsen the situation. Go for a moisturizing lip balm instead. It will keep your lips smooth and replenished.
Although not everyone is affected by the harsh winter weather, it’s important to switch to skincare routines that work for you. Choose your products wisely with an emphasis on products with built-in moisturizers.
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