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Winter is coming! Don’t stop glowing!

Winter is coming! Don’t stop glowing!

Wintry weather can really take a toll on your skin. Many people suffer from dry, cracked, even bleeding skin during the cold winter months. However, it doesn’t have to be a fact of life. Proper winter skin care can help you overcome the effects of cold air, low humidity and harsh winds that often accompany the season and wreak havoc on your skin.Take control of your skin this season with these essential winter skin care tips, which are not only easy, but can be rather enjoyable.

During winters it is essential to keep your skin supple and moist. You may not feel thirsty as much as you do in summers, but you must drink lots of water. As fruits and vegetables contain lot of water and vitamins that are good for skin, you should eat them in plenty as well – make sure to get your five a day! To make your skin look bright you can apply coconut oil or olive oil to your skin before you go for a bath. 

Here Some winter skin care tips which can assure you of a radiant glow : 

  1. Get a facial skin treatment. Getting a facial is a great way to clear out your skin from any deep seated dirt and impurities that you may have. Our skin changes as the climate does so it is very important to prepare your skin to help ease the seasonal transition. In addition to that, starting with a clean face allows your winter skin care routine to be more effective.

2. Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol: Drinking coffee and alcohol in winter is not conducive to good health.  They tend to dehydrate the body and  loss of water body may cause your skin to dry out and get chapped. 

3. Stay hydrated: During winters, drinking lots of water may not be our top priority unlike during summer wherein drinking lots of water is a no brainer. Unknown to many, we get more dehydrated during the winter season so it’s more important to stay well hydrated. And of course drinking lots of water can help clear out our skin and make it dewy. So do prioritise your hydration needs.

4. Indoor humidifiers: Indoor humidifiers or bowls of water keep the atmosphere within a room humid. This prevents your skin from becoming dry and itchy. 

5. Protect your skin from the harsh cold: During winters, we dress up in heavy jackets and layers and layers of clothing to protect our skin from the cold. Unfortunately, most of us neglect our facial skin when it should not be any different from the rest of our body. Make sure you use a heavier moisturiser during the winter season to prevent your skin from getting dry. Our skin, specifically our facial skin, gets more sensitive during winters so it is very important to have an extra layer of protection.

6. Avoid soaps: If you use soap, your skin may become dry due to their alkaline base. Try using  moisturising cleansers instead, which keep the skin soft and supple. Glycerin-based soaps are very good for winter season. 

7. Continue wearing your sunscreen: Just because it is cold does not exactly mean that the sun’s harmful UV rays are on break. Wearing sunscreen is still a must during the winter season. Always remember to put on your sunscreen 30 minutes before stepping outside.

8. Use oil based moisturiser: Oil-based moisturisers can protect your skin from moisture loss. It forms a protective coating  on your skin to lock in the moisture, keeping it safe and soft. 

However, your winter skin care regimen should be more extensive, owing to the extreme indoor and outdoor temperatures. You need to do more than the basics if you are going to protect your skin from the elements. The winter skin care advice here will not only help you prepare to nourish, protect and provide for your skin during the coldest time of the year, it can also help you reverse any damage you may have already sustained.

The most effective trick is to up your moisturiser game. In the winter months, switch to a stronger, thicker moisturiser that provides longer lasting comfort and protection. You can even consider OTC dermological-grade creams, such as Eucerin, Aquaphor, Gold Bonds, or Cetaphil. These are advance repair and healing ointments often available at your local pharmacy or supermarket.

When you begin a winter skin care regime, it is important that you follow through and maintain a consistent schedule. Apply your choice of healing ointment every morning and evening (and as needed throughout the day) on all dry and affected areas, as well as, elbows, knees, knuckles, heels, and toes. Try and stick to your routine so as to avoid the problems flaring up again.

For enhancing your skin care and repair, try including the following five in your routine: 

1. Drink potassium rich juices like Coconut Water, which are even more hydrating than plain water.
2. Invest in a good exfoliating cream to remove dead cells and regenerate your skin 
3. Get Plenty of Vitamin D! Your skin tone is brightened and enhanced with a touch of Vitamin D.
4. Add Flax seed oil to your diet. It encourages internal hydration along with providing the essential Omega 3 and 6, as well as a  host of other health benefits.
5. Try dry body and face brushing. It helps improve circulation in the lymph nodes, helping remove toxins, whilst also getting rid of dead skin cells.
 
As with everything, routine and consistency are the key to maintaining good skin health, all year round. Learn to listen to your body, give it ample rest and nutrition as needed and it will reward you with health, beauty and vitality. When you make a habit of skin care, it becomes second nature and doesn’t feel like a chore any more. This way, you can continue looking your best, no matter the place or time. Embrace winters 🙂