‘Winter is coming’ – a common catchphrase, is also a warning sign; all thanks to our favourite Game of Thrones. Winter may have its own charm. But let’s be honest, cold weather doesn’t do our skin any favors. The moment the seasons change, from a moderately crisp fall to brick-cold winter — our skin suffers first. As the air gets drier, our skin pays the price. These chilly winds rob our skin off essential oils and moisture, making it dry and itchy. It’s not just the skin which suffers, our hair too goes through a phase of dryness and roughness. So, how does one combat the sort of climate that leaves our skin and hair dull, dehydrated, and defeated?
While stocking up on lotion and conditioning our hair could be a solution, there are a few more effective ways to make sure our skin and hair stay happy once the temperature starts to drop.
Skin care routine for winters
Having a specific winter skin care routine and religiously sticking to it, is all one needs to keep all the winter skin blues at bay. And, a healthy skin care routine starts a night before.
Always remove your makeup
Sure, sometimes we’re exhausted when we get home after a long day—but makeup removal is the key! When we don’t take everything off before we go to bed, it can impact our skin—and not in a good way. It leads to breakouts, acne, dullness, and pigmentation. It’s imperative to take off all the makeup, without stripping away the moisture. We recommend the Wipe Out Makeup Removal Cream – it’s made using natural ingredients which gently removes makeup without drying out our skin and stripping away its moisture.
Use Lukewarm Water
It is very tempting to go for hot showers when the temperature is dipping. But always choose lukewarm water, particularly when just washing the face or hands. It prevents your skin from losing its natural oils. For your face, you could opt for the Red Volcanic Clay Facewash – which helps maintain a balance. Formulated just for dry and dehydrated skin, it allows intense moisturization. And, for the body go for Goat Milk and Honey Soap as it restores lost moisture and makes your skin soft and supple.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Moisturizing your face and body within 5 minutes of washing is a very important step when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated. Moisturizing helps replenish the natural oils our skin loses during the washing process and keeps the top layers of our skin from getting too dry. This Musk Melon Face Cream is a natural moisturizer loaded with shea butter, kokum butter and essential oils which soften the skin and increases elasticity, an excellent choice to heal dry skin. We’d also suggest going for Marigold Butter, it treats dry and dull skin effectively and thanks to its unique composition, it’s suitable for all skin types. Don’t forget to moisturize the hands as well because the skin on our hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands and that’s why moisture escapes from them quickly, making them prone to cracks and itchiness. Apply a moisturizer and wear woolen gloves whenever going out.
We tend to drink less water in winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that our skin needs hydration from the inside, out. Apart from moisturizing the skin, our body needs an ample amount of water regardless of the weather. A hydrated body itself keeps the skin hydrated. Having a refillable water bottle close by, especially at work where it can’t be easy to miss drinking the necessary water is the most convenient thing to do. Health experts recommend drinking at least 2 liters of water a day. Drinking enough water before you go to sleep and refraining from hot beverages surely helps in tackling winter skin issues.
Use a Nourishing Serum
After following a moisturizing ritual in the night, the next morning wash your face with plain lukewarm water and apply a generous amount of a nourishing face serum and after bathing moisturize the rest of the body with lotion and body oils. Moroccan Argan Oil Serum is a natural solution for dry skin. Made using the finest ingredients, this serum naturally heals the skin when combined with essential oils. Chemical-Free Ethereal Face Serum by Raw Rituals can also be considered as a solution.
Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect your skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget to wear sunscreen every day no matter the weather or the season. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option to all exposed areas.
Apart from the skin, chilly winds affect lips the most. For women, winter is all about wearing bold, statement lip colors and doing so with chapped lips is very unflattering. So, a quality lip balm is crucial in protecting the lips. Almond Lip Balm by Pratha Naturals does just that. It provides ultra-rich care to the lips, has a lasting effect, improves texture and cures dryness.
Skin cells dehydrate and dry faster during the winter season. Letting these dead skin cells go is important for new, healthier cells to develop. Once or twice a week, we should give our skin some replenishment in the form of exfoliation. Multiple homemade scrubs made using lentils, honey, coffee, and brown sugar can be used. And, as a readymade natural solution Coconut Sugar Honey Face Scrub can be considered a healthy alternative. Also, make sure to exfoliate the skin on the feet occasionally so that it can absorb the moisturizer easily.
Consume a lot of seasonal fruits and veggies. Berries are exceptional sources of vitamins and antioxidants that our skin needs to stay healthy during the cold weather. Strawberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, or cherries – pick anything. Fruits, vegetables and fresh soups compensate for missing out on hydration and in this way, our body gets the nutrients and also meets its daily water requirement to keep the skin healthy.
Yes! We know it’s hard to leave the warmth and coziness of the blanket behind and get moving on a chilly winter morning. And, since we all love our skin, we need to put in some efforts. Exercise pump up the heart rate, which in turn, pumps more blood to our organs and skin. It also keeps the pores clear. Exercising makes us sweat, flushing out all the toxins, cleaning the skin, and keeping your internal organs healthy.
Hair Care Routine for winters
Dry and dreary weather can wreak havoc on our hair if the right precautions aren’t taken.
During the winter season, the scalp will be drier and that can lead to dandruff and scalp irritation, which in the worst-case scenario can lead to hair fall. So, one shouldn’t forget to oil their hair. It really helps in keeping the scalp moisturized! Use herbal oil by Sao or Coconut oil by Rejuvenating Ubtan, massage it into the scalp and leave it in for 20 minutes, and finally rinse it out with shampoo and conditioner.
Avoid Hot water
It’s cold, we know! But in order to take care of the scalp, turn the temperature of the shower down. Hot water is neither good for our skin or our hair as it dehydrates. To cure the dry, dull hair, go for Reetha shampoo bar as it is made of all natural ingredients which nourish both the scalp and hair. Hair wash should be followed by a hair conditioner and for that chemical free hair conditioner by Earthy Sapo should be everyone’s first choice.
The above-mentioned tips if put into practice are definitely bound to give amazing results and also help in fixing all winter hair and skin care problems. Apply them today!