It’s that time of the year when the temperatures have started dropping and the season of festivities is round the corner. If you are happy to bid goodbye to the summer heat and welcome the city lights standing out brilliantly against a snowy background, your skin may not be too pleased.
The skin is among one of the first indicators of temperature change. As the winter chill descends into your surroundings, you will begin to notice certain changes in your skin. Whether your skin is normal, oily or even dry, your skin begins to appear dry and flaky and your skin feels taut and tight during winter.
Are you left with this empty feeling that your skin can never gain protection in any season? The harsh sun tans your skin during the summer months while the cold winter air dries up your skin.
Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that your skin remains healthy during the winter.
1) Moisturizer is the key to avoid dry skin
The dry winter weather sucks the moisture out of your skin, while moisture is essential to keep your skin hydrated. When this moisture content in your skin drops, you are left with dry and flaky skin. Heaters and furnaces, used during the winter to keep warm, contribute to stealing moisture from your skin. Skin that contains less moisture begins to feel tortured, hence you face the discomforting feeling of tight skin.
Since moisture is the key solution to your skin problems during the winter, say goodbye to dry and flaky skin with the help of the following tips on how to maintain the level of moisture in your body.
2) Start Preparing for the Winter Chill
Winter is well on its way, so, don’t wait till it starts snowing to protect your skin. Begin now and prepare your skin in advance, by following rigorous skin regimen of cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing and by stocking up on moisturizers.
3) Use moisturizing creams or lotions
Load up on moisturizers such as creams and lotions. When you apply a moisturizer, it forms a protective layer on your skin. This protective layer disables moisture from escaping from the skin’s surface. Thus, moisture remains trapped in your skin and your skin becomes soft and supple.
4) Cleanse, do not over-cleanse
Cleansing your skin removes dirt and grime that has settled on your skin’s surface. Thus, cleansing your skin is essential to keep it healthy. However, do not over do this, as excessive cleansing can strip your skin off essential oils that maintain its moisture level.
5) Use the right beauty products
While buying a moisturizer, make sure you take a good look at its ingredients. Look for ingredients like glycolic acid, urea, glycerine, vitamin E and olive oil as these are proven effective against dry skin.
Certain soaps and face washes contribute to dry skin by stealing your skin’s moisture. Make sure your cleanser contains glycerine or petrolatum, as these ingredients help retain skin moisture.
6) Avoid Hot Showers
Though hot showers may help you heat your body in the chilling winter cold, they will do your skin harm. Hot showers contribute to skin drying, hence stick to lukewarm showers. Moisturizing your skin as soon as you step out of a shower has proven as the most effective time for using moisturizers.
7) Natural Remedies
If cosmetic products cause skin irritation and allergies, you don’t have to be disappointed. There is a wide variety of natural moisturizers such as coconut oil, shea butter, honey, milk, olive oil and jojoba oil that you can use for soft moisturized skin.
In addition to these products, make sure that you drink at least eight glasses of water in a day and fill your diet with fresh fruits, vegetables and fish.
If you regularly follow a skin care regimen and take good care of your skin, your skin will pay you back by not only retaining moisture but also by giving you a flawless glow.