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Get radiant glow in winter with these simple skincare tips.
Winter is near, and this cold weather is ready to make your skin dry, itchy, flaky, and even cracky.
Well! Winter will do all his job. You must be ready to adapt such changes by adding new skincare products to your everyday life.
Apart from this, winter bring lots of happiness in form of festivals and celebrations (Halloween, Christmas, New year, Black Friday and so many) of all-time favorites. And the exciting one is just to sit by roaring bonfire to makes this weather a wonderful season.
So, enhance the beauty of this season by replacing your skin pampering moisturizer, oils, balm, and creams.
How to Take Care of Your Skin in Winter
Cold, and dry air can leave you skin itchy and irritated.
These air attacks can break your skin moisture barrier and strip off its natural oils. So, how to deal with chapped lips, static hair, and dry, itchy skin in winter?
The answer is just layer your skin with moisturizer, balm, oils, creams, cozy coats and trendy puffer jackets. Layering of products should be done right way so the exposed skin doesn’t get affect with cold air.
Try these simple winter skincare tips to get soft, supple, moisturized, and radiant glow.
1. A Gentle Shower Gel
The key to use gentle cleansers is to hydrate your skin and lock the moisture content.
This is the season to go SLS and SLES-free as these soapy chemicals in your body washes, shampoos, and face washes can leave your skin dry and rough. Instead of using them, opt for mild, soap-free, and gentle washes to nourish your skin in winters.
You can switch to gentle touch like, Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash or Cetaphil gentle cleanser or something more soothing.
If you are dealing with acne or breakouts, then use products with ceramides (CeraVe products are a common example) and glycerin (The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA hydration serum contains both glycerin and ceramides) to repair and protect your skin’s moisture barrier.
2. Avoid Hot Shower and Bath
Taking long and hot shower in winters can cracks your skin. So, try to keep your shower time short and not too hot.
Remember, the longer you’re in the shower with hotter water, more your skin will lose natural oils and dry it out. After bath, moisturize your skin immediately.
Use products with ceramides and hydraulic acid to protect your skin barrier so it doesn’t lose excess water.
3. Use Humidifier to Keep Moisture In Air
Moisture lock is very important to save our skin in winters.
Our skin is a barrier that keeps water inside, but when it gets dried, water evaporates from its surface very fast.
To lock that moisture content in skin, we need to invest in a humidifier to maximize the moisture content.
So, run a humidifier in rooms you spend most time. Also, you should drink lots of water to hydrate your skin well.
4. Exfoliate to Remove Dead Dried Cells
When it comes to exfoliating your skin in winters, you must take care few things before actually doing it.
If your skin becomes visibly dry and flaky, then it’s a sign that you need to slough off these old cells through exfoliation so moisture can enter to your skin easily. For that, use gentle loofah or mild body scrub – free from salicylic and glycolic acid.
Otherwise don’t exfoliate as you normally do. Try to make it very less as overdoing can strip off your skin barrier when you need it most.
The purpose of exfoliation in winter is to remove dead dried cells so moisture can penetrate into your skin very easily.
5. Upgrade Moisturize and Apply frequently
In winter, your skin demands frequent moisturizing throughout the day. So, as soon as you step out of the shower, layer a thick moisturizer cream over your hands, legs and body.
Even applying oils (especially coconut) before a warm shower protect your skin barrier and hydrate it deeply. You can use any essential oils like argon oil, tea tree oil, and rose oil to get specific skin benefits (especially acne).
The most common mistake that people do is “Choosing a Lotion over Cream.”
Even though lotions are common moisturizer and come in pumps as they are not so thick and so not moisturizing. On the other side creams and ointments comes in jar because of thick consistency.
Ointment like Vaseline are best suited for your body, but opposed to face as it can clog the pores. So, when you choose a cream for face, just look for the product that contain ceremides and free from fragrance.
If you live in the area with extreme winter, products like CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream with thicker formulations are best. You can also apply cream with active nourishing ingredients like, Shea butter.
But if you live in a city where winter is not that cold and harsh. Then use light moisturizer like, CeraVe Light Face Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid, Neutrogena Oil Free Hydrating Facial Moisturizer with Glycerin, Retinol Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Green Tea.
All these lotions are highly appreciated and loaded with lots of amazing reviews and results.
We also recommend you to wear waterproof gloves while washing dishes and cleaning around the house in winters.
6. Don’t Forget Sunscreen Even in Winters
Yes! You need to apply sunscreen even in winters.
According to skin cancer foundation, snow in winters reflects the sun rays up to 80%, that’s why increase the risk of Uv exposure. So, it’s really very important to apply sunscreen in harsh winters.
Don’t get fooled, if it’s not so sunny. Because the harmful rays is still present and can penetrate clouds to damage your skin.
Applying a moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher to all the exposed area can prevent your skin form Uv damage. If you’re out for longer time, just reapply it.
Next time when you go for ski trip or holidays by sea, don’t forget to carry your sunscreen.
Try EltaMD UV Daily Facial Sunscreen with SPF 40 for Normal and Combination Skin. For oily skin, we recommend this Neutrogena Oil-Free & Non-Comedogenic Age Shield Sunscreen with SPF 110.
Or else you can use any of your old favorite’s sunscreen lotions.
7. Add Hydrating Oil to Your Bath Tub or Moisturizer
Body oils works wonder to your skin and offer great way to keep your skin soft, hydrated and radiant in winters.
Hydrating body and face oils are best organic way to take care of your skin and also provide almost complete moisturizer to skin.
You just need to add few drops of oils like chamomile, lavender, rose, jasmine, lemon or sandalwood to your moisturizer or bathtub.
Like this, you’ll feel blessed with moisturized, soft and radiant skin and more important, feel you’re taking spa everyday.
8. Eat Right and Stay Hydrated
Not only right products but also your food affects your skin directly.
If you feel extra dryness in winter, try to switch foods or supplements that are rich omega 3 fats (Fish oil or flex seeds), as suggested by many dermatologists.
Drink lots of water even in winter. Green tea is also a very good option to hydrate your skin in winter.
Adding these winter skincare tips to your everyday routine can make your winter happy loving and moisturized.
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