What happens to our skin in winter?
Winter affect our day to day life and also play a role in our skin’s appearance. Extreme Weather condition can damage your skin. In winters, the wind is Dry and weather is chilly. The moisture in air is much less than what our skin requires.
For every degree drop in temperature, the body produces 10% less oil and moisture (opposite to what happens in summer). The water is lost from our skin cells leaving it extremely dry and tight and the adverse affects are
- Itchy skin
- Patchy skin
- Increased sensitivity to cheeks
- Chapped lips
- Increased fine lines and age lines
- Dull face
- Dry hair
- More vulnerable to UV rays of sun
Face Care Routine
1. Take off your Makeup
- First of all, if you have applied any make up on your face then remove it using Coconut oil.
- Take half teaspoon of coconut oil (8-10 drops) and warm it between your fingers and massage your face gently for 4-5 minutes.
- Leave it for 10 minutes and gently wash or wipe your face with warm water or warm soft towel.
- Or simply remove make up with mild warm water gently
Use mild cleanser or soap free face washes, Use only those products which are free from Sulfates (an ingredient that washes off the lipid from skin reducing its protective barrier)
- Natural cleanser
- Milk ( unboiled or raw ) is the best cleanser for face in winters
- Dip a cotton ball in some milk and apply it all over your face and neck .
- Effective in dealing with extreme dryness.
3. Exfoliate your skin
1. Oatmeal Face Scrub
- Take half teaspoon of plain oats and add few drops of warm water to it
- Now apply and gently exfoliate your skin with oat scrub
- You can add honey to your scrub as well
- Oats are very fine scrubbers and moreover they won’t make your skin dry or patchy
2. Banana Scrub
- Take one ripe banana and cut it into half
- Peel its cover and mash it
- Then add 1 tsp of honey and mix it well
- Gently scrub your face for 4-5 minutes
- After scrubbing Wash your face with Luke-warm water
3. Moisturize and Tone your skin
After cleansing and exfoliating, Moisturize your skin
Use different oils and oil based moisturizers like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, primrose, argon oil. Take only 3-4 drops and warm it between your palms and then apply gently. Don’t rub your face too much, these oils when applied on face doesn’t cause acne and have flipped the age old logic of getting acne on application of oils.
Use fragrance free products, because fragrance can cause irritation, itchiness and dry patches. Apply fresh Aloe Vera gel (half to full tsp) and add a drop of Glycerine to it, and gently massage your face, Aloe Vera and Glycerine will give you a natural glow.
Home remedy to moisturize your body
- Mix 1 tsp of Shea butter and Coconut oil
- Microwave it for half a minute
- Let it cool a bit and apply the mixture on your body.
Do’s and Don’ts of Skin Care
Tip – Avoid excessive facial treats, Keep it simple
Other Areas of concern
1. Lips and Eyes
Lips are the first part of our body that reveal the negative reaction of drop in temperature. The thinness of skin around the eyes, and increase in fine lines is more likely to happen in dry and cold environment. Avoid dry and matte lipsticks, Don’t lick your lips as your lips will get more dry when the saliva on your lips evaporate, apply a balm.
Tip – use lip balms with vitamin A and E and Bees wax
2. Hands, feet, elbows, and knees
They have a thin skin and lose moisture faster than other areas
Tip – avoid toxins specially allergens and irritants
Other important tips for Skincare you need to follow
Limit the number of times to wash your face from 3 to 2 times a day, Use luke warm water to wash your face, apply good moisturizer (oil based and avoid water based moisturizer), don’t use hot water for bathing specially avoid washing your hair with hot water. It will cause dry scalp and even dandruff. Avoid long baths, always apply Sun screen 10-15 minutes before going out.
Diet tips for Skin care
Your skin’s health depends upon the diet you consume, diet rich in omega 3s and DHA, eg Tuna and Salmon fish. And if you are a vegetarian then you can take supplements with DHA capsules.
- Foods containing healthy oils, eg Nuts, Cashews, Olive and Coconut oil
- Butter can be used in cooking as well
- Avoid excessively fried food
- Avoid saturated fats
- Avoid foods with excessive amount of sugar
- Eat food containing Selenium (a mineral) which helps in fighting free radicals, Eg: shrimps, lamb or you can take supplement form as well
- Always eat colorful fruits and vegetables because they are rich in Antioxidants and Micro Nutrients, Eg: berries, peppers, beet roots etc
Most importantly HYDRATE yourself from inside, drink plenty of water, drink smoothies and juices and drinking warm water is highly beneficial in winter season.
Please visit your Dermatologist or Aesthetician if you are suffering from any skin disorder like, Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, face injury or any other major skin problem