While we all may love to bundle up in fuzzy blankets, our skin isn’t the biggest fan of the cold months as it’s left dry and sensitive. Skincare experts have also noticed that the number of skin conditions in women drastically increase during the winter. Be it the low humidity, temperature fluctuations or the warmth from the heating; the solution to all this is- HYDRATION!
- Exfoliation Is Key
No matter how many serums and creams you lather on, dry skin will remain the same if you skip out on exfoliation. Not just good for the appearance, exfoliation is also great for the health of the skin. Exfoliators help getting rid of the dead skin cell build up and ensure that serums and creams penetrate better in the skin resulting in maximum hydration. Opt for a heavy exfoliator for normal skin and a light exfoliator for dry and sensitive skin or simply choose the washcloth method.
- Check Your Cleanser
Boddesses, as the winter months set in you might want to toss out face washes which include drying ingredients like fragrances or additives. Instead opt for gentle cleansers which won’t strip your skin of natural oils. Stay clear of soap based cleansers and opt for cream based ones instead. Let’s speak chemistry- alcohol listed as ‘SD’, ‘Denatured’ and ‘Isopropyl’ are your enemies this winter while ‘Steryl’ and ‘Cetearyl’ should be your new best friends. So keep a check on that ingredient list!
- Moisturize Religiously
The type of moisturiser you use and the technique of application is something you need to have on your fingertips in order to give your skin the hydration it needs. The key is to apply a moisturiser ASAP after drying off post cleansing to help lock in the moisture. Be sure to pat your skin and not rub. While your skin is still damp, look out for ones containing vitamin E and aloe vera which will soothe and hydrate your skin. Choose heavy creams and moisturisers that are made with ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
Boddesses, make sure to also keep a check on your diet and eat healthy, skin-boosting food packed with vitamins and minerals. Get ready to chug at least six to eight glasses of water in a day and don’t compromise on the beauty sleep. Avoid long hot showers and keep your surroundings moist..Your skin will thank you for it!