Personally I love the winter season. The cold weather makes me feel fresh and alive. Cozy jackets, boots, scarves, and what not! But, unfortunately, winter is hard for the skin as the dry winds and chilly weather makes the skin dry leading to flakes. So winter skin care is very important.
In such weather, a regular skin care routine does not help. Our skin needs more than just pampering to keep it healthy and glowing. You need to treat the skin with Vitamin C or peel away flakiness with enzymes, say experts.
Disha Meher, a national expert on skin and nails at Lakme Salon and Pond’s skin expert Rashmi Shetty share tips you need to nourish, revive and refresh your skin this winter.
7 Essential Winter Skin Care Tips
Here are a few tips for skin care in winter. Use them, and you will fall in love with your skin all over again!
1. Use good cleansing oil
It is the foundation for good skincare base regardless of the season. In winter, when your skin is driest, you should replace your usual cleansing product with a non-comedogenic cleaning oil as it won’t block pores. After cleansing, it leaves you with soft and smooth skin that isn’t greasy.
2. Peel away flakiness with enzymes
If the surface of your skin is dry, it’s a sign you need to get rid of old skin cells that prevent moisture from getting into your skin. Scrubbing is the best solution for this. Also, opt for a professional salon service like a cleanup or a facial for best results.
3. Night time care
Especially in the winter, it might be a good idea to invest in a night cream that does some heavy work while you sleep. Put on a moisturizing, overnight facial mask regularly.
Many skin care brands also have protective creams that can be especially important if you will be outdoors for long periods of time.
4. AHA and Vitamin-C kick
If your skin feels tired and shows fallout from the cold, treating it with Vitamin C will give it back its luster and remove signs of fatigue. In the winter, before the sun gets too strong, opt for a facial with alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA).Treatments with AHA should preferably not be done during the summer, as the sun can then damage the skin and create pigmentation spots. However, even in the winter it is absolutely necessary to use a sunscreen to protect your skin after an AHA treatment.
5. Moisturization is crucial
While the temperature may vary from city to city, dry air is a common thread, which leaves the skin feeling parched. Use a thick cream enriched with ingredients such as Soya protein, sunflower oil, skin lipids and glycerin that gently moisturize rough and stretchy skin and maintain the skin hydration balance. These nutrients act on dullness and leave the skin soft and supple.
6. Don’t forget the sun
It’s essential to use a moisturizer that already contains a good sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Creams with pro-vitamin B3 can also help reduce damage or dark spots that are caused due to sun exposure.
7. Drink and hydrate
Drink lots of water. In summer, we feel thirsty and our body reminds us that we need water, but that is not the case with winter. Hence it is even more important to drink water constantly to avoid dehydration. Water helps flush out toxins and maintain an overall healthy metabolism.
Essential Face Packs For Winter
There are many ingredients in your kitchen which can help keep your facial skin soft and supple in the harsh cold season. Here are a few face packs for your winter skin care:
- Avocado Face Pack
Avocado has extreme moisturizing properties; it’s good for hair as well as your face. Use mashed ripe avocado on the face for about 10-15 minutes before washing off with warm water. Apply a light moisturizer instead of a toner.
- Banana Face Mask
Mashed ripe banana is a great moisturizing agent. Take 4 to 5 tablespoons of mashed ripe banana and massage it on the face. Wash off after 10 minutes and give your face some massage with honey.
- Buttermilk Pack
Use malai or fresh buttermilk with a pinch of turmeric, let it stay on the face for about 10 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.
- Aloe Vera
Known for its incredibly moisturizing properties, aloe vera can be used on the face as a moisturizer; It is an ideal way to relieve your face from dryness and enhance its texture.
I hope these winter skin care tips will help you bid goodbye to winter woes. Have you any more tips for winter skin care? Do share with us.