Keep your skin healthy and glowing during winters
Winter can play havoc on your skin, stripping it off the moisture. The cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, that robs the skin of its moisture during winters. When aggravated, dry skin can lead to itching, rashes, cracking and in severe cases, even bleeding. If you think your skin is protected within the home because of air heaters etc, you couldn’t be more wrong. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh soaps and cleansers.
While moisturizing is a solution, it is a temporary one. What you need to do is to keep the skin looking youthful and smooth. Here are some tips to reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable in the cold.
- Wash in Lukewarm Water
Hot showers and baths may feel comforting in the winter, but they do more harm than good. In winters, take care to wash with lukewarm water. If you must take bath with hot water, add a few drops of almond oil to the bucket.
- Avoid Soaps
In winters, instead of soaps, body washes are a better option to stay clean in winters. If they are glycerine-based, even better. These will not allow your skin to dry by stripping it off the essential oils of the body.
- Moisturize Often
In winters, skin needs moisture more often and also mostly right after you wash your skin. In fact, the best time to apply moisture to the skin when it is damp. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Choose a product that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Opt for creamy formulations other than lotions. If you want to use body oils, it is even better!
We all love to sunbathe and step out in the warm winter sun. But do remember that the winter sun can be just as damaging as the summer sun. So if you choose to step out in the sun, wear gloves and scarves to protect the skin. Never forget the sunscreen. Apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas. Also, when it comes to skin, it is important to choose the clothes you wear carefully. Wearing synthetics or wool right next to the skin is not a good idea – this can lead to rashes and allergies. Always wear cotton right next to your skin and then layer it up with warm woollens or synthetics.
- Drink and hydrate
Water consumption reduces considerably in winters and we tend to drink warmer fluids like tea or coffee. But the skin needs to be hydrated from within, more so in winters. Similarly, eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out and keep it naturally glowing. Try fresh winter fruits and vegetables such as apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. In addition, also have Omega3 fatty acids, cod liver oil etc. to keep the skin supple from within. Omega3 fatty acids in diets and tablets to improve skin quality, tone, and texture.