Its that time of the year to slip in those warm & cozy clothes and snuggle in blankets.And it is also that time of the year when the skin is as dry as the sahara desert and requires a lot of pampering.Here are some tips that will help you all in combating with winter related skin issues.
1. Oil massage before taking bath:
Prior taking bath , massage your face and body with oil. You can use almond oil , coconut oil , sesame oil etc. Skin can become too dry and tight after washing with water , so by giving it a massage with oil before bathing will help locking in some moisture.
2. Milk cream + turmeric massage :
Instead of using oil , you can opt to massage with milk cream with some turmeric powder. Milk cream moisturizes the skin well leaving it baby soft while turmeric makes it clean , fresh and light.
- Just take some cream (quantity depends on whether you are using it on face or body ; for face u can take 2-3 teaspoons)
- Mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric in it .
- Apply on face and massage well for about 7-8 mins.
- After massaging leave for about 15mins and wash off with lukewarm water.
3. Moisturize right after taking bath :
Apply moisturiser right after taking bath because the skin absorbs it quickly and remains hydrated for a long time. Avoid using moisturisers with lots of chemical and a strong fragrance , instead go for one which has vitamin E in it.
4. Scrub once a week :
Exfoliating skin helps in removing dead skin cells which can make the skin look dull and sometimes patchy so it is advisable to exfoliate at least once a week. However , do not use a scrub with harsh , thick , hard granules as excessive scrubbing can strip skin off its natural oils .Also do not do it daily , just once or twice a week is fine. Better use a homemade scrub with ingredients having good moisturizing properties. You can use oatmeal / rice powder /apricot etc and mix either with raw milk or milk cream.
5.Moisturize area around eyes:
The area around eyes gets too dry sometimes which might lead to forming wrinkles .Late nights and sitting in front on computer for prolonged hours only adds to the woes. So keep it as hydrated and moisturised as possible. You can massage it with almond oil , coconut oil or even milk cream .Aloe vera gel will ease the puffiness and tiredness of eyes.
6.Moisturize lips :
Lips are the worst effected body part in winters due to the absence of oil glands in them. So it is very important to keep them moisturized round the clock to prevent them from drying , peeling and getting dark. Avoid lip products with harsh chemicals and opt for those enriched with vitamin E. You can use natural ingredients like milk cream ,honey etc. Like skin exfoliating lips is also necessary however it should be done very gently (detailed post on lip care coming shoon).
7.Use Vitamin E products:
Vitamin E is considered good for skin , so along with taking vitamin e supplements (only if you have been advised to or have no allergy/side effect to it) , you can include products enriched with it in your daily regime.Pick up products like foundation ,body lotions ,moisturizers, face creams , lipsticks etc which have vitamin e as the key ingredient.
8. Stay hydrated and do not forget to use a good sun screen:
Low temperature means low intake of water. But our body needs equal amount of water as it does in any other season.Drink water at regular intervals and be hydrated .Also ,the sun rays are as harsh and harmful in winter as they are in any other season.So do not put that sunblock away and use it daily.
Hope you all would like the tips and include them in your daily regime.
Have a great weekend ahead ! 🙂
– Guru K