“Winter is Coming!” George R.R Martin might not have the idea that other than White Walkers, winter approaches with dry air, thumping winds and chilly weather: leading to parched and cracked skin, rough hair, chapped lips and cracked feet. However, winter season is loved by a number of people because it brings the snow—skiing and sledding, bonfire nights, Christmas, New Year parties and much more.
Snuggling cosily in your bed while streaming on Netflix or binge watching K-dramas, a scented candle on the side table, a cup of hot coffee in one hand, eyes on the chocolate muffin while the snow falls outside your window creating a beautiful Snowscape—a perfect picture of winter holidays. But obviously you can’t spend the entire winter season huddling in your bed. You have to go out for work which means you must face the cold and arid weather. So how could you protect yourself from the evil dryness that tags along with winter season every year? I am presenting to you some tips to keep your skin dewy throughout the season. Start working on it because winter is soon going to attack as the rain hits.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Again Moisturize
All of you have experienced the dry, dull and itchy skin in winter. We usually go with cold creams. Though it is good but why not use natural ingredients without any side effects. The natural moisturizing elements like honey, olive oil, avocado, yogurt, almond oil, bananas, strawberries, Aloe Vera, are almost available in every home. Natural oils give good results than synthetic moisturizers making you sure that you are using all the healthy and natural ingredients. I am listing simple DIY methods that you can easily adopt.
The simplest of all: milk and honey mask. Just blend raw milk and honey together. Apply it for 10 minutes. Rinse it and you are done. This mask is very effective for removing flaky and dry skin.
Similarly, you can use Almond and milk mask. Almonds are available throughout the winter and are rich in Vitamin E which is best for glow-y and soft skin. Milk has amazing moisturizing property. Vigorously mix almond powder in milk. Apply it for 10 minutes. Wash it—Tada. Follow it at least twice a week.
And if you are too lazy to follow it (like me), use Vaseline and glycerine as much as you can before going to bed or after shower or anytime with regular intervals of time. But don’t apply it if you are going out in the sun. I personally use Aloe Vera petroleum jelly continually. It gives my skin a soft baby like touch.
Exfoliate It—Go Deep
Exfoliation is very essential for deep cleaning of the skin. It removes the dirt settled in the epidermal pores and make your skin appear fresh. It removes dry skin scraps and make the way difficult for invading pimples. I am going to tell you the easiest protocol that I follow once in a week.
Make a paste of one teaspoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of honey and a pinch of salt. Baking soda is the best exfoliating agent.
Soak a towel in warm water. Wring it and dab it on the face for 2-3 minutes. The steam will open your pores and will make exfoliation easy.
Apply the paste in circular motion for 2 minutes. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then use a wash cloth to remove it.
After rinsing your face, look in the mirror and you will see a fresh face in it.
Lukewarm Water, It Suits Your Hair
Taking a hot bath in winter is a must. Nothing could beat the pleasant feel when warm water touches your body, giving an amusing lingering effect. It is good for your body but not for your hair. It’s the death of your hair. Hot water damages the hair follicles, removing the natural oils and giving them a rough and dry look. Use lukewarm water for washing your hair or preferably cold water.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Water is one of those resources on earth that are absolutely free to use. So, why not take full advantage of it! Drink lots and lots of water. It is not only meant for summer but winter also allows you to drink lots of water. It keeps your kin hydrated and maintain the blood flow.
Chapped Lips—Not Anymore
Due to dryness in the air, chapped lips are very common in winter. Keep a lip balm in your bag and keep applying it as soon as it gets absorbed. DONOT lick your lips. Licking your lips will make them more chapped. To prevent chapped lips, apply a little amount of mustard oil on the back of your ears and in your belly button before going to bed. You will find several methods on Goggle, try this one and see the astonishing results.
Sunscreen Is Not Just for Summers
After several days of snowfall and misty sky, when sun say hello to us, we love to welcome it by sitting under it for hours. Though the UV rays are less intense in winter but can still damage your skin. Must apply sunscreen when you go out. You can’t take your skin for granted when the ozone is at the verge of depletion.
Cosy cardigans, furry coats, woollen scarves, knitted gloves, long boots and much more: you may be covered in a number of layers but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take good care of your skin. So, moisturize your skin regularly and adopt a healthy diet.