Winter is here. Is it not music to ears? It would be especially if you love winters. The bonfires, the chilly air and the hot chocolate – there are many reasons to love winters. However, there may also be some reasons that could make someone dislike the weather. For starters, laziness, shivering cold, short days, and not to forget, the worst of all, dry and flaky skin.
We may not be able to help you with the first few reasons, but we can help you with the last. Dry and flaky skin can be a nightmare, especially for women – those who desire nothing less than smooth and glowing skin.
So, how can you help your skin beat the winter chill? How can you make it soft and supple? Well, we will tell you all about that in this blog. So, keep on reading and get closer to the skin of your dreams.
Why does your skin become dry and flaky in winter?
First things first, you must know the outermost layer of the skin, called the epidermis, is made of dead skin cells. An important function of this layer is to protect the skin, and the body from harmful invaders such as viruses and toxins. The skin becomes dry and irritated when this barrier sustains damage. In order for the skin barrier to perform its best, moisture is essential.
However, in winter, there is less moisture in the air, which can add to dryness. In addition to that, common practices during winter such as using room heaters, also reduces moisture, stripping the skin of natural moisturising oils, making things worse.
Dry skin – the root of all evil
Dry skin may be a trivial aesthetic issue for many, but it can turn into some serious and unpleasant skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, windburn and chilblains, which demand medical attention if they turn serious.
How to tackle dryness in winter?
There’s just one word you need to remember – moisturising.
Just so you know, moisturising isn’t just a choice but a necessity during winters. A moisturiser creates a protective barrier, locking in the moisture. Consequently, it prevents dehydration and keeps your skin supple and soft.
Tips to create your winter-appropriate skincare routine
Start with a moisturising cleanser
As the winds turn cold, the skin loses its moisture. Hence, it is a good idea to use a moisturising cleanser especially if you have excessively dry skin.
A moisturising cleanser can help hydrate parched skin, ultimately supporting the skin’s barrier to protect the skin from the harmful effects of cold weather. This can also help remove dead skin cells, without making the skin feel tight or dry.
While you are at it, ensure that you are using a gentle cleanser – the one that doesn’t strip your skin of natural oils.
Hydration is key:
How often do you drink water on a daily basis? Rarely, did you say? You’re not alone. All of us tend to drink inadequate amounts of water in winter. However, you must know that the first and most crucial step in creating a winter-appropriate skincare routine is to focus on hydration.
You may also look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides in your cleanser, moisturiser, and serums to lock in moisture and prevent water loss.
Exfoliation is vital for removing dead skin cells and encouraging cell turnover. However, be mindful of the type and frequency of exfoliation during winter. Opt for a gentle exfoliant, such as a chemical exfoliator with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and reduce the frequency to once or twice a week to avoid over-drying your skin.
Avoid hot water:
While a hot shower may be tempting in cold weather, hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. Opt for lukewarm water when washing your face and body. Finish your shower with a burst of cold water to close your pores and lock in moisture.
Use a humidifier:
Indoor heating systems can make the air inside your home very dry, which can lead to dehydrated skin. Placing a humidifier in your bedroom can help maintain a proper level of humidity, keeping your skin moist and healthy.
Pay attention to your diet:
A balanced diet rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins can significantly impact the health of your skin. Incorporate foods like avocados, nuts, and leafy greens, which are excellent sources of nutrients that support skin health.
Creating a winter-appropriate skincare routine is all about maintaining moisture and protection for your skin. By following these tips and choosing the right products, you can keep your skin healthy, radiant, and protected from the winter’s harsh elements. So, embrace the winter wonderland with confidence and a glowing complexion.