Hunt on several do’s and dont’s to be followed for your skin in this winter.
For many people, the cold winter days bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. But at the same time, they also worsen the condition of skin and hair resulting to dryness to the skin of the face, limbs and feet. For some people, the problem worsening than just a general tight, dry feeling, resulting in cracking, even eczema. Taking care of your skin in the chilly winter months means moisturizing and keeping it well-hydrated. But, a few more steps are involved to provide overall protection.
Here are a few winter dos and don’ts.
Protection from Sun:
Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Your skin also tends to get damage from winter sun. Try to a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UV and PA+++ protection to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply regularly if you stay outside for a long duration.
Protect your Lips:
Chapped lips are common problem of winter, but remember that licking them will make them more chapped. Instead, use a good lip balm, especially those that comprise tea tree oil as it helps heal painful cracks.
Practice usage of a lip balm or even ghee for your lips. Instead of using matte lipsticks, apply a lip gloss. Before you head outside, make a habit of applying some petroleum jelly to your lips as this creates a protective hurdle between the cold air and your lips sealing in moisture.
Hands and Feet Protection:
If you are developing cracks on the soles of your feet, you need to take extra care of your feet daily instead of going for pedicures. At bedtime, soak your feet for a few minutes in warm water. In thus water add a few drops of an oil-free cleansing lotion or even salt. Scrub with a pumice stone. Apply a thick moisturizing cream. If possible, wear cotton socks all the time. However, wet socks can annoy your skin and cause itching, cracking, or even a break out causing eczema.
Drink lots of Water:
It is highly important to hydrate your skin from within, so make a habit of drinking more water during winters. Carry a bottle of water with you whenever you step outside. Herbal tea is also a great remedial measure to moisturize your skin from within. Don’t leave your skin thirsty and allow it to get parched. Drink more water and help your skin retain its shine.
Bathe with Lukewarm Water:
No doubt, hot water bathe feels very appealing in winters. But it robs the skin’s natural oils and makes it drier. So, it is prescribed to bathe in lukewarm water instead of taking hot water steaming to keep dryness at bay. The lukewarm water will not only give you the warmth but will keep your refreshed and energized for the whole-day-long.
Oiling your Body:
Oil is very important for your body. It is not necessary to keep it oiled overnight. 10 minutes of oiling either by baby oil or an olive oil before going for bath is sufficient for nourishing your body.
- Avoid using toners and astringents in winters, as they are alcohol based and will further dry your skin.
- Stay away from long exposure of air conditioners and room heaters. They have the tendency to make your skin even drier by extracting moisturizer away.
- Avoid licking your lips, as they further dry them. Do not scratch red or itchy skin near your lips as it can worsen the inflammation resulting in the scar skin.