The winds of change are already blowing and one can smell the setting in of winter in the air. While you may love this change of season and a much sought-after respite from the unforgiving heat, your skin doesn’t necessarily echo that sentiment. The cold winds, dipping mercury and dry air results in flaking, cracking, chipping and peeling of skin. Add to it the festive indulgences, slowed down routines and high intake of fat and sugar-rich foods and you have a skin disaster in the making. Naturally then, you need to bring on your A-game to keep your skin soft, supple and radiant in this season.
Making these small changes in your skin care routine can go a long way in preventing the cold weather from taking a toll on your skin:
Upgrade Your Moisturizer
Lightweight creams or lotions are great for summer, but winter skin has entirely different needs. You need to up the ante on skin hydration with a rich formula with restoring and hydrating properties. A cream infused with skin-friendly minerals like the GNC Vitamin E, A & D Moisturizing Cream can help combat dry and chapped skin, offering it a smooth, youthful finish.
Regular exfoliation holds the key to maintaining the soft, supple appeal of your skin during the winter. You should take the time to exfoliate your face as well as your body to slough away the dead cells and make your skin more receptive to moisturizing. Exfoliating your face at least once a week with a gentle formula like the Swiss Image Gentle Exfoliating Daily Scrub and the rest of your body fortnightly with an all-natural body scrub like the Pure Dead Sea Pomegranate Body Scrub is highly recommended.
Keep Your Showers Short
Who doesn’t love a long, hot shower on a cold winter day! No matter how soothing and refreshing it may feel, exposing your skin to hot water for too long can leave it devoid of its natural moisture. You must always keep your showers short and settle for lukewarm water to avoid dryness and flaking. Using a mild, moisturizing shower gel like the Fruiser Moisturising Shower Gel also helps in preventing excessive dryness.
Don’t Ditch the Sunscreen
The sun may have softened and the warm sun rays may feel pleasant but that does not mean your skin is not susceptible to sun damage and UV rays exposure during this time of the year. In fact, since a lot of people enjoy basking in the sun during winter, loading up on sun protection becomes even more imperative. Make sure you give your skin a generous coating of a good sunscreen without fail before stepping out.
Balm It Up
Chapped lips are one of the nastiest fallouts of the winter season. Since the layer of skin on the lips is immensely delicate, it is more prone to damage during the harsh winter conditions. Therefore, it is important to keep your lips duly hydrated and moisturised at all times. So, keep a nourishing lip balm like the Himalaya Natural Moisturizing Lip Butter handy, apply it as soon as your lips start to feel dry and you can get by an entire winter without cracked or chapped lips.