For many, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They bring uncomfortable dryness to the face, hands, and feet.
So before you feel the cold and dryness of winter setting in, try out these few tricks and get prepared to have a lovely winter.
Swap your lotions for creams: The lightweight lotions you use during the summer should stay only for summer. Winter makes your skin crave for rich creams or butters that contain less water and have a higher concentration of emollients that will provide intense moisturisation. These lotions normally come in pump bottles and some are also available in jars. Pick a rich, creamy moisturizer, which contains glycerin, a humectant that draws moisture to skin, and dimethicone, to lock in the moisture. Shea butter works well too.
Do not skimp on the sunscreen: Just because it is winter, it does not mean the sun’s rays will not damage your skin. It is important to protect your skin during winter, just as you have done in summer. So make sure you apply sun block whenever you go out.
Reduce your exfoliation: Summer exfoliation could lead to your skin getting rid of all the oil and build-up, but while you should still exfoliate during winter, during this season, you should be careful to not overdo it. The result could be damaged and rough skin. So keep it to not more than once a week to preserve your natural skin barrier.
Change your cleanser: Replace that gel or foaming cleanser that leaves you with squeaky skin during the summer with a cream face wash or a mild milk cleanser. This will gently cleanse your face without stripping it of its natural moisture.
Cut down your shower time: Immersing your skin in water can actually suck the moisture out of it. Opt for a quick five-minute shower to prevent dryness. Also, slather on your body cream on slightly damp skin.
Show your hands and nails some love: This is the season that you really need to invest in a hydrating hand cream like a rich shea butter to keep hands soft and to avoid nails breaking.
Winter-proof your makeup: Look for hydrating products. If you do not need a foundation, use a tinted moisturizer. Or else, mix equal parts moisturizer and foundation and apply. Opt for cream-based lipsticks and eye shadows.