As the season is changing and Winter is coming, (with no direct or indirect reference to GOT) (okay maybe) the routine for everyday skincare must also change accordingly. As the days get drier and harsher on the skin, it is essential to know how to take care of it so it remains as soft and dreamy as ever.
Here are 5 tips to make your skin winter ready:
1. Choose Skin Care Products Wisely
What kept your skin happy during summers can make it sad during winters. And that’s why you need to change your skin care products accordingly.
The key to healthy and glowing winter skin is using mild skin care products. Choose cleansers that contain moisturizers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier.
If you have acne or breakouts, use products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, hydration serums, and glycerin to help in repairing the moisture barrier of your skin.
Avoid masks and peels, astringent lotions, and any product that contains alcohol as they make your skin dry during winters.
2. Stay Hydrated
Be it inside your home or outside, the air is drier in winter. And as a result, water evaporates from your body easily. Hence, you need to keep your skin hydrated. An easy way to keep it hydrated is by drinking lots of water.
Though you might not feel as thirsty during winters as the other seasons, you need to maintain your regular water intake. You can also install a humidifier to manage the moisture level in your home. This will certainly keep your skin happy.
3. Do Not Exfoliate Much
Exfoliating the skin helps in getting rid of dead cells. But you have to be careful during winters because your skin barrier is already compromised due to the dry and cold weather. And you don’t want to lose it with excess exfoliation.
Exfoliating your skin once a week is fine – this helps in boosting skin regeneration and better product absorption.
Also, you should exfoliate depending on your skin type. If you have very dry skin, avoid exfoliating at all. If you have combination and oily skin, once a week is fine.
4. Use Lukewarm Water
It is very tempting to go for hot showers when the temperature is dipping. But if you love your skin, avoid them. Instead, use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face.
Hot showers dry your skin quickly, and if you do not moisturize it immediately, your skin can develop cracks and winter eczema.
Once you have taken a lukewarm shower, apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides. This will keep the moisture barrier intact and prevent dryness.
5. Protect Your Skin
You need to protect your skin from the cold wind or snow or rain if you are stepping out in winter. So, wear gloves and caps and do not forget your sunscreen lotion.
The warm sun rays feel pleasant, but the UV rays can damage your skin a lot. Choose a sunscreen that has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
Also, avoid going outside immediately after you have washed your hands or after a shower. Wait for the skin to dry because damp skin tends to crack easily in the cold.