Emotions aren’t the only thing that changes its mood according to the weather, our skin too reacts to climate change. The winter season is especially a challenge for those who experience dry and flaky skin, this is usually the time when one needs to make a bigger fuss about taking care of their skin. There are many ways to do these, let us take a look at a few ways you can show how much you love your skin.
Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize! Cannot exaggerate this point enough. After a hot shower or a bath, one must always moisturize to seal that dampness into the skin. Be generous when you apply creams and lotions, but always chose your moisturizer carefully. Some moisturizer with a petroleum-based ingredient might actually make your skin even drier. Choose an oil-based solution – such as lavender, chamomile, jojoba – as these are more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Moisturizing can help ease the sensation of dryness and itchiness on your skin.
2) Keep yourself hydrated
People usually tend to drink less water in the winter, when your body isn’t hydrated enough your skin doesn’t receive its required water level and hence dryness occurs. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Not only is it good for your skin but its beneficial for your whole body as well.
3) Petroleum Jelly
For dry skin, this is the easiest over the counter solution one can find and a quick remedy as well. Make sure you concentrate on areas such as your knees, elbows, feet, hands and lips; apply petroleum jelly in these areas before sleeping at night so your skin rejuvenates while you sleep.
4) Avoid Hot baths
Bathing in hot water can break down the lipid areas of the skin and hence can lead to moisture loss. A lukewarm bath is advised so as to avoid this from happening. If one suffers from very dry skin, adding baking soda or oatmeal can relieve your skin from flaking and itchiness.
5) Home-made face and body packs
Taking care of your face is essential as this area is the one which is the most exposed. Depending on your skin type, there are many face packs you can apply with ingredients that are found right in your home.
- Papaya and Banana Face pack: mashing ripe papayas and bananas with 2 tablespoons of honey is a great pack to keep your skin firm and look younger. The anti-oxidants in papaya and the vitamins in bananas that work as an anti-ageing agent is great for your skin.
- Yoghurt and Buttermilk pack: Mix equal amounts of yo ghurt and buttermilk and apply all over your body, keep on for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. This pack helps to clear dry and dull skin.
- Glycerine: Has a lot of benefits for the skin, it is an essential item to have at home. It increases the moisture on your skin and locks it in to curb the dryness.
6) Oil treatments
Coconut Oil: Massage your skin with coconut oil before going to bed for a soft and supple skin. Sunflower Oil: To keep your skin hydrated and look youthful, apply sunflower oil.
7) Aloe Vera Gel
The benefits of Aloe Vera gel for your skin is endless, not only does it moisturize your skin, it also clears impurities. Apply this gel on your skin for 30 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Try to apply the gel directly from the leaf rather than using the cosmetic counterpart.
Now that you have read a few methods on how to take care of your skin, the next mission is to find the best treatment for your skin type. Find something that works for you. Your skin needs maintenance in order to get that glow and supple look. The most important thing to remember and follow is to eat right, have enough sleep and always stay hydrated.