Beat the winter blahs: Learn how to soothe dry skin, prevent static hair, and pamper yourself just when you really need to.
With winter round the corner, here are some tips for you to remain beautiful.
It is time to bring out your cold creams and warm clothes with the onset of winters in India. But there is a lot more to winters than just the wool sweaters and hot soups.
Not only is the weather outside frightful, as the holiday song goes, but it can also make you look frightful. Between the icy dry air and wind outdoors and the hot dry air indoors, you may be contending with flaky skin, chapped lips, parched locks, raw hands and more.
Taking care of one’s beauty is equally important, especially in winters.
Soft skin: Keep some shea butter or jojoba oil handy to keep your hands soft and smooth, especially after you have worked with water.
Caffeinated beverages: Coffee and non-herbal teas contain caffeine, a natural diuretic, which can dry out your skin. Choose herbal teas or plain water to keep as hydrated as possible (without going overboard) and your skin will improve.
Beautiful lips: Lips need a lot of care in the cold weather. Lysine is important to maintain soft lips. Look for lip balms that contain castor oil, olive oil and cocoa butter. Food like fish and eggs are good supplements of lysine.
Healthy skin: The only dryness you experience is the kind that sneaks up on your elbows and heels. It’s because it contains enough natural oils. But there’s another reason for your skin to maintain a strong, protective barrier that keeps moisture in and irritants out. This barrier is composed of skin cells, which are surrounded by fats called lipids. Everyone’s skin has a protective layer, but yours is in better shape than most.
Healthy locks: Nourish your hair with hot oil on a regular basis to prevent them from getting dry. Coconut oil is the best for the weather conditions here.
Shower friendly: Take warm showers. Hot showers might feel very good on a cold day but they leave the skin dry and flaky.
Cracked reptilian skin: Too many hot showers and not enough body cream can make your skin resemble desert creatures. Arms and legs have fewer oil glands, so they tend to be drier and scalier than other parts, especially in the winter.
Moisturize: Moisturize your skin with a good moisturizer without fail. Apply moisturizer on your skin at least 30 minutes before you step out.
Drink more water: The key to hydrated skin comes from the inside out. In warm weather, most of us think to drink more fresh water, since we may be perspiring, even when we aren’t working out. But since winter air is especially dry, it’s important to drink plenty of age during the winter too.
“Water should be consumed at room temperature or warmer,” Arnett recommends, “and if you realize that you are quire dehydrated, add a small pinch of mineral salt to the water, which will help your body absorb it more effectively.”