It’s time to say hello to winter – the season of cold weather, cozy sweaters, scarves, hot chocolate, Christmas, snow, bonfire and Dry Skin!! Young or old, women or men, dry skin is one problem that cuts across all age groups, genders and skin types during winter. Skin care in winter is imperative to even people who don’t have a skin condition. It is necessary to go that extra mile to keep your skin from getting dry, itchy and flaky.The skin demands attention and it is important you give its due.
Here are some useful tips for skin care in winter that will help in keeping that dryness in check:
- Moisturizer is your best friend. To keep winter air from drying out your skin, make sure you apply a moisturizer daily. An oil-based moisturizer will help in retaining the moisture better, than a water-based moisturizer. The best time to apply it is after bathing, while the skin is slightly damp, so that it will lock moisture into the skin. Winter sun may prove to be just as damaging as the summer sun. If you are getting exposed to sun, apply a sunscreen moisturizer with SPF 30 or above, to the exposed areas.
- Avoid hot showers and baths. A hot water shower may be very inviting after a day out in chilly weather but it may actually be very bad for your skin as it can strip the skin off natural oils. To prevent this, use lukewarm water and avoid long showers. Keep away from antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps and deodorant soaps. Instead, use a mild, fragrance-free soap or moisturizing body wash.
- Dress up. Dress yourself up to protect the skin from getting exposed to the cold dry air, harsh winds and dipping temperatures. Those cozy woolen sweaters may be your favorite but it can cause irritation when it rubs against your skin. So make sure you use it over a layer of cotton or silk shirt. Use a hat and a scarf when you head outdoors. Also, grabbing your sunglasses is not a bad idea to protect the delicate skin around the eyes.
- ‘C’ the vitamin in your diet. Skin care in winter not only involves external application but also some internal care. Watch your vitamin intake. Vitamin-C helps in boosting the body’s production of Collagen – a structural protein part of the connective tissue that maintains the skin and helps in renewal of skin cells. So, make sure you load up on Vitamin-C rich food like citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, broccoli, dark leafy greens and papayas to name a few.
Follow these simple yet significant tips for your skin care in winter. We are sure it will take the dry days away and make your skin flaunt-worthy!!