Checklist for skin care this winter
In winters, cold weather and low humidity levels results in dry air which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day.
Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking, bleeding and patchy skin. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.
Megha Shah, cosmetologist, Nirmal Randhawa, make up artist at Indica Makeover Studio have shared a few skin care tips that can be followed during winter season:
1. Wash in lukewarm water – Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face and hands; choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin. 4 Moisturize Immediately afterwards – Skin needs lots of moisturizing in winters. . Few drops of essential oil in water while bathing will help moisturize the skin. Applying moisture to damp skin help seal the dampness in the skin.
In winters, the skin becomes dry very quickly. So giving an overnight moisturizing therapy to skin, before going to sleep is a very good idea.
If you want to get a glowing skin quickly, try using ice and moisturizer. Put few drops of moisturizer or malai on an ice cube. Massage your face with this cube for 2-5 minutes.
2. Water consumption – All of us tend to drink less water in winter because we turn to hot drinks like tea and coffee, but we often forget our skin needs hydration from inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
3. Change the cleanser – Cleansers can prove to be extremely drying to the skin. After using a cleanser, never leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in the moisture.
4. Use of homemade masks – Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olives, bananas for glowing skin rather than going for chemicals and toxins.
5. Cool breeze may deprive your skin of the essential moisture that keeps it soft. Apply and then reapply the moisturiser. But make sure that it is not too heavy for your skin. Otherwise, it will make your skin look oily and dark. A gel-to-cream base moisturiser would be ideal for any skin type.
6. Have a nutritionally rich diet or food items rich in Omega 3 for a glowing skin. Nuts and seasonal vegetables are great for your skin. Avoid starchy and sugary foods as they may cause bloating and acne.
7. Since your skin is already dry during winter season, excessive exfoliation will wash off all the natural oils from the skin and can damage it badly causing redness. Use gentle exfoliators like oatmeal and coffee powder, and seal it with a cream.'