Soft, dewy skin is every woman’s dream, but come winter and you find yourself battling harder than ever to keep that dream alive. The dry winter weather dehydrates your skin and leaves you grappling with chapped lips, flaky skin, dry hands, cracked heels and scaly feet. (Phew, you have quite a task at hand!) If you are already contemplating burying yourself in woolens and locking yourself indoors, here’s news for you — that won’t help at all. The only way to battle the dry winter is to upgrade your skincare regimen. Here’s a quick guide to healthy, glowing skin all year-long.
You have probably read or heard this a gazillion times, yet you often tend to overlook this very essential part of your beauty regimen. Applying a lotion or cream twice a day won’t be enough though. Make sure you pick the right moisturiser for your skin type and try to apply it just after bath to trap the much-needed moisture. Repeat this at least a few times through the day and at night to replenish the lost moisture.
Soak up natural oils
Remember when your mum ran after you with a bowl of sarson ka tel before a bath? Well, little did we know how that simple habit protected our skin while we were busy playing, come rain or shine. With crazy work schedules, we often tend to overlook the needs of our skin, but here’s a simple yet sure way to ensure that your skin gets its share of moisture — natural oils. Full of nature’s goodness, natural oils seep deep into the skin and nourish it from within without leaving your skin oily (and they smell great too).
Use a body scrub
With the harsh weather, your skin cells die faster in winters. But don’t let the dead skin cells steal your sheen this winter; scrub them off with a herbal exfoliator. Pick one with natural exfoliating properties like honey and almond exfoliators. Exfoliate twice a week for glowing skin everyone will envy.
Shield your skin with sunscreen
Yes, we know what you are going to say, “Sunscreens are for summer!” Well, they are not just for summer. It’s as important to protect your skin from the UV rays (that even penetrate your skin on cloudy days) with sunscreen during winter. Choose one with a high SPF factor to protect your skin, if you plan to be outdoors for long.
Care for your feet
Though our feet do all work of carrying us around, they remain the most neglected part of our body. By the time we wake up to the need, we have badly damaged feet. While those fruity moisturisers are great for summer, your feet need a cream loaded with glycerin or petroleum jelly. Don’t forget to exfoliate your feet to scrub off the dead cells and help them absorb the foot cream better.
Keep your scalp moisturised
In winter, your scalp is as susceptible to dryness as the rest of your skin. As a result, your scalp will start getting flaky, itchy and extra dry, leading to dandruff. So, warm up your hair oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes to an hour, then wash it off with a good herbal shampoo that locks the moisture in. Follow this simple hair care tip to get bouncy, shiny hair in winter too.
Moisturise your hands
Your hands are one of those parts of your body that show wrinkles first. Hence, it’s very important to keep your hands moisturised with a herbal hand cream or shea butter. Moisturise your hands after every wash to make up for the lost moisture.
Lip balm for soft lips
Come winter, and your lips are the first to ‘crack’ under the pressure. Hiding those chapped lips under layers of lipstick is not a good idea at all. This winter, nourish your lips with a lip balm that contains natural moisturising ingredients like olive or almond oil, jojoba oil or cocoa butter.
So ladies, this winter don’t hide, just keep shining!