It becomes very difficult for us to carry out a daily routine or enjoy an outing during winters as our skin just doesn’t seem to cooperate due to the harsh weather conditions. Winter is a moisture thief. Cold winter air has extraordinarily low moisture content, to the point where it steals moisture from the skin. Let it be any type of wind, the molecules of water in your skin are stolen even faster. So here are the problems we face during this season and their solutions.
Irritated and red skin
Your skin will easily become irritated throughout the cold weather season, so you have to change your skin care routine by using a more gentle cleanser and a heavier moisturizer to soothe the skin on your face as your skin needs more moisture to stay soft and supple.
Wind burns and sunburns can still occur
Always remember to apply sunscreen as it is not reserved to be used only in the summer season. Even if it’s a cloudy day, you can still get a burn – especially if it’s super windy outside. Make sure you use a lip balm with SPF in it just for these circumstances.
Bone dry body
If you see that your legs seem reptile-like, stock up on moisturizer as it will avoid your skin to hurt. You can also use an extra moisturizing body wash. Remember to apply your lotion right after you step out of the shower in order to lock the moisture of your skin.
All over itchiness
There are a few causes of winter itching, which is normally caused due to the drop in temperatures, but if you notice that your dry skin is leading you to scratch, make sure you’re not spending too much time under the hot shower as this will just dry out your skin even more. Also, take note of the clothes you’re wearing, as wools will irritate your sensitive skin and soft cottons and silks will be more comfortable.
Continual dryness, even though you’ve moisturized
If your skin is constantly dry even though you’ve moisturized, make sure you’re staying hydrated. The dry, cool air will obviously dry out your skin and extracts the moisture from inside out. So keep yourself hydrated by drinking sufficient water.
If you really want to get through winter with silky-smooth skin, then you need to take some preventive measures well in advance. Switch to a moisturizing soap, and use less of it on arms and legs as they don’t need as much soap as other body parts. Start applying cream everywhere twice a day especially on your lower legs, lower back and arms. Also avoid scented body wash as it is too drying, instead go for fragrance-free moisturizing bars.
If you still feel you need few more preventive measures to take care of your skin then you can try few homemade remedies.
This super food is full of good fats, and its oil is very similar to the oil we generate on our skin. When our skin is unbearably dry, this mask is a great option to regain that dewy complexion you’re craving while avoiding those heavy moisturizers that can clog pores.
Take half of a ripe avocado, skinned and mashed, 2 tbsp dry oatmeal, ½ orange, or 1 egg white. Mix all these ingredients to form a paste. Wash your face with warm water, so that your skin absorbs the oils quicker. Apply the paste on your face, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water, and pat your face try with a clean towel.
Bananas are rich in antioxidants and vitamin c, which will work together to brighten your skin and target the toxins. The yogurt helps to calm the redness and tighten your pores, locking out the grimy dirt, oil, and dry skin that can clog your pores. The honey is just to add bonus that will destroy any lingering bacteria.
This facemask is a soothing option for wind-burned, red skin that you can’t handle. Take 1/2 a ripe banana, 1/2 cup of plain yogurt and 1 tsp honey. Smash the banana and mix in the honey and yogurt thoroughly until the ingredients form a paste. After washing your face with warm water, leave on this nourishing mask for 10 minutes, and then rinse with cold water to seal your pores.