Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell
These lines take you to the dreamy winter day when you want to feel beautiful, but does our skin feels the same way? No, low humidity and dry air in winter make our skin super dry and they become dull and cracked. Indoor heaters and hot showers make the condition worse. We need lots of winter moisturizer to soothe our dry skin from cracking and itching. But following a healthy regime can make winter care for dry skin much easier.
6 Skin care tips for dry skin
- Everyone loves hot showers and baths in winter, but it’s not good for our skin. Try to take bath with lukewarm water which will not wash away essential oils from the skin.
- One most important tip for dry skin care is to always apply moisturizer right after your bath, as damp skin helps to seal the moisture into the skin. Keep a bottle of winter moisturizer near your bathing area and use liberally every time you take bath or wash your face and hands.
- For dry skin care choose an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it helps your skin retain moisture in winter.
- We love hot drinks like coffee and tea in winter and drink less water. But our skin needs hydration from inside so keep drinking warm water to look fresh all day. Even eating watery fruits and vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, kiwis, and oranges hydrate skin inside out.
- In winters exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead cells. Apply exfoliating mask on your face and hands, then immediately use winter moisturizer for smoother skin.
- Massage your skin regularly with coconut, almond or olive oil. It not only smoothen your skin but also nourishes the dry skin in winters.
Natural homemade hydrating face packs are always better to keep our skin healthy. You can use simple ingredients available in your kitchen like honey and curd as a facemask and see the difference. For winter care for dry skin try out these face packs and see the difference.
5 Homemade face packs for dry skin
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera helps the dry and irritated skin to soothe and it also prevent flaking and it is an excellent winter moisturizer. Just cut open a fresh aloe vera leaf and squeeze out the gel and apply it on your dry skin. After 10 to 15 minutes rinse off with lukewarm water. It’s antifungal and anti septic properties helps the skin to get rid of impurities.
This mask is very good for over dry skin as the high protein content in oatmeal makes a protective barrier on the skin, which prevents water loss and moisturize the skin. Ground one cup of oatmeal and add one mashed ripe banana to it and make paste by adding little milk. Apply this face pack for dry skin and rinse it after 10 to 15 minutes.
Milk Cream pack
Milk cream or malai is most commonly used in India as winter moisturizer in India, as the lactic acid present in milk cream exfoliate dry skin. Add milk cream to four tablespoon of gram flour or besan to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on your face, hands and legs. Rinse it with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.
Almond and milk Pack
Almond is a rich source of vitamin E, antioxidant and proteins which make our skin healthy. The nutrients in milk rejuvenate the damaged skin cells and restores moisture to skin. Soak 8-10 almonds in water for few hours at make a paste. Now add 2 tablespoon of milk and apply this paste on your face and massage gently. Wash it after 20 minutes.
Honey, yoghurt and papaya face mask
Honey is natural winter moisturizer loaded with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It has many essential vitamins and minerals that improve skin’s health. On the other hand lactic acid in yoghurt helps to get rid of any germs and bacteria. Mix one cup of yoghurt, 1 teaspoon of honey, and three tablespoons of mashed papaya. Apply it on your skin and wash after 10 minutes.
Try out these zero side effects skin care tips for dry skin and feel the smoothness and glow of your skin this winter.