Ways To Take Care Of Your Skin In Winter

By RimTim Staff Writer
November 12, 2017
Skin Care in Winters

A season of rest before a new beginning, winter heralds a spell of cozy afternoons, hot chocolate and long chats at the coffeehouse. Especially in India where the scorching heat of the summer is known to be an absolute terror for most people, winter is a time of relief.

We are all familiar with the wait for the cold season when dressing up in the morning is not a tiring, sweaty chore and your make-up stays on point all day long. You can finally take out that awesome leather biker jacket or cute cardigan you bought last year and have been dying to wear around! And you get to guiltlessly spend your entire year’s savings on fabulous end-of-year treats.

But sadly enough, the long, luscious hair and glowing skin we all crave during winter time remains mostly a myth. Instead, we are blighted with dry and rough skin, cracked lips, cold hands, itchy elbows and feet that look as shriveled up as a dried cucumber!

Winter Skin Care Tips

Even though flawless beauty is hard to achieve, there are several practices for proper skin care in winter. Taking care of your skin and body right from the beginning of the season is very important if you want to look your best all year round. So here are a few tried-and-tested tips for you to follow:

  • Hydration: Water is extremely important to maintain adequate moisture levels in the body. No matter how much lotion you lap up on your arms and legs, if you are not hydrated properly from the inside, the dryness is going to show. So fill up those water bottles and carry them wherever you go!
    Another great tip to stay hydrated during the winter is hot beverages. Green tea and espresso are excellent choices. Green tea also has numerous antioxidants that keep the skin fresh and glowing. Just make sure to keep your sugar intake in check.
  • Exercising: As hard as it may be to wake up early in the morning and go to the gym, it is going to do you much good in the long run. Exercising increases blood circulation and helps with the proper balance of hormones and other chemicals in the body. When your metabolism is in check, you are going to look healthy and fresh as snow! An added bonus of exercise is extra hydration.

Skin Care in Winter

  • Moisturize: Being healthy from the inside works best with protection from the outside. Use moisturizing lotions after showering in the morning and reapply multiple times during the day, or when your skin is feeling dry. If you have extremely dry skin, it is best to consult a dermatologist. Winter skin care tips recommended by leading health and beauty experts focus on the newest products marketed. According to a research study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, the skincare industry in America alone is estimated to yield $43 billion per year, including the sale of topical creams, skin enhancements and spa treatments.
  • Hygiene: One of the most important check points for skin care in winter is keeping the skin clean to prevent dust infections. Use a moisturizing face and body wash to shower with, twice a day. Bath salts are another great way to soothe your body and alleviate stress.
  • Lukewarm water: Hot water strips your skin of essential oils and moisture. If you monitor closely enough, redness and itchiness increase right after you come out of a hot bath. Use lukewarm water instead.
    After you come out of the shower pat dry your skin with a soft towel and rub lotion all over the body immediately. This helps to lock in the moisture for your day.
  • Skin care: Homemade face packs are one of the most effective ways to keep off dry patchy skin. Look up recipes on the internet, consult a local skin specialist or better yet ask a friend or family member for some effective concoctions for dry skin.
    Choose regimes with simple and easy to find ingredients; that way you are more likely to stick to it. You can also pick up any well recommended facial packs available in the market.
    As per an article published in the Times of India on December 25, 2012 in the Life and Style sections, experts recommend facials at 20-25 day intervals, hair spas at 10-15 day intervals and pedicures and manicures at 15-20 day intervals during the winter.
  • Stock up: The harsh cold wind dries up the skin and causes calluses. Wear thick sweaters, wooly caps or jackets before you go out, especially if are going to travel on a two-wheeler. Wear gloves after using hand and nail creams. The woolens help to protect the skin from dryness.
  • Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables and practice healthy habits. Take care of yourself, have lots of fun coming winter. Remember, what feels good on the inside definitely looks great on the outside!