Skin care is essential all the year round for a healthy glow. With the changing weather and temperature, our skin becomes prone to damage. The water intake, moisturization and cleansing are part and package of a good skincare routine. Usually during winters, the harsh climate tends to dry out the pores and leads to skin damage. An added factor for skin dryness or damage is due to a lack of hydration and proper moisturization. Clogged pores may also result in aggravated acne. Our face is the part of our body that is most visibly affected by the external environment as well as the internal mechanisms.
Most people face a dilemma on how to keep their skin fresh and glowing even in the dry or harsh weather conditions of winter. So, in this article, we will list a few methods that should be a regular part of a healthy skin routine in winters. They will help you identify common practices that we miss or not pay heed to in changing season.
Here’s a list of what we recommend:
Use a face wash w.r.t your skin type: Skin damage may occur when you do not use the product that suits your specific skin type. Choose a mild daily face wash to purify your skin off dust particles, sebum, etc. and achieve a natural freshness. Heavy duty face washes tend to dry out skin or aggravate acne if you have a severe acne problem. In some cases, they might even cause rash, redness or a stinging sensation. Thus, choose the right kind of face wash.
Get a good body lotion: Dry skin especially needs to be moisturized with a good and effective lotion. Some products, even winter creams, are reported to pose a dry skin effect. You should go for a lotion that is according to your skin type and is light on the skin. Of course, if you have an exceptionally dry skin, you can go for heavier ones. But keep in mind that products should aid your skin health, not ruin or completely make your skin dependent on the product.
Moisturize amply: Dryness of skin is commonly due to a lack of hydration and moisture. You can moisturize your skin amply in a number of ways:
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Keep your skin sufficiently hydrated!
- Spray rosewater on your face after every wash.
- Use primers, serums and moisturizers before any makeup routine. This tends to dry out your skin less and prevents acne, clogged pores, etc.
- After every wash, apply your cream, lotion or moisturizer to tighten pores and keep out dryness.
Moisturization is key!
Cleanse your face regularly: A cleanser is a facial care product that is used to remove make-up, dead skin cells, oil, or any other kind of toxins from the skin of the face. This unclogs pores and prevents skin from breaking out. Thus, cleanse your skin with an effective cleanser product. It will help to purify and detox your skin.
Include a toner in your skin regime: A toner is a wash or lotion that is used to cleanse and remove dead skin cells from the face. It also helps to tone out skin by smoothing, tightening and shrinking skin pores, hydrating, preventing acne, dryness and other skin conditions.
Apply sunscreen daily: We use sunscreens and sun-blocks in ample amount during summers. Yet we tend to forget that the winter sun radiations can also damage our skin. Thus, get a sunscreen with a good SPF number and apply it daily, even if it’s a gray winter morning.
Exfoliate skin: Acne is sometimes even aggravated by the dead skin cells, oil or clogging in the skin pores. It is therefore essential to remove these particles by exfoliating your skin gently. A harsh exfoliation may cause redness or rash on your skin. You can use peel-off face masks or get facial treatments even to get your skin exfoliated with ease.
Invest in a humidifier/vaporizer: A humidifier or vaporizer helps to retain skin moisture and prevents blemishes, skin breakout, blackheads, whiteheads, etc. By adding moisture into the air. You can have your holiday parties and get-togethers in winters without being uncomfortable in the cold weather. It also helps to maintain the overall body temperature. Nevertheless, a good skin care routine comes before any other expensive measure to keep up a good, healthy and glowing skin.
Do not use extensive hot showers: Heat also dries out our overall skin. Hot water showers may be calming and quite relaxing, yet exposing your skin to heat for longer periods can potentially dry out or damage your skin. It will take an extra effort to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated amply. So, always bathe with lukewarm water. This way, the heat will be enough to keep you from catching a cold, OR dry skin!
Fix your diet: We do not give it a usual importance but what we eat reflects from our face. A healthy diet is thus, reflected from the face and body in general. Include fruits, vegetables and less oily/fried foods in your diet. Also, make exercise a part of your routine. A fix in your diet will do wonders for you.
The essential part of following any skincare routine is to know your skin type; whether it is dry, sensitive, combination, oily or any other skin type. Also, the effects of different products or regimes varies from individual to individual on that basis. What works for someone else may not work for you. So, it is best to know what routine suits your body, or in this case, your skin type.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a simple and safe testing way for a product’s effect on your skin type is to apply it elsewhere than your face. If you do not experience any side effect like redness, stinging or rash, etc. Within 24 hours, it means the product is good for use.
If you feel that any sort of skin damage is not going away or you have symptoms of some skin allergy/ infection, it is best to get such problems diagnosed by a specialized dermatologist. Instead of self-medication, a visit to the doctor may save you a lot of added trouble.