The chilly and freezing winter steals away the moisture from our skin. During winters, our skin becomes dry and rough due to excessive use of heaters, or being in the sun for longer hours or because of the chilly winds. So to keep our skin healthy and glowing, we need to take special care of our skin.
To prevent the skin from losing its glow, you have to focus particularly on deep cleansing and moisturizing. The winter skin care regimen rests upon three main keys – cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. Stay away from using certain products that contribute to dry skin. Here are the ways to help you keeping your skin soft and moisturized during cold weather.
Hydrating your skin
Generally we feel less thirsty in winter and drink less water. But drinking more than enough water will hydrate your body and help you in keeping your body nourished and moisturized throughout the season. Drinking lots of fluids will not only prevent your skin from drying but will also keep it glowing. But don’t indulge yourself in drinking excessive caffeine and alcohol to get rid of cold. They can result in dehydrating your skin.
Exfoliating once a week is the essential part of skin care regimen during winter. You need to use a good body scrub to remove the dead skin cells before taking a shower. Removing dead cell will give you a healthy skin. You can also scrub your body with home made scrub like scrub made of coarse sugar and coconut oil.
Mix ½ cup sugar and 1 cup coconut oil and scrub the whole body using circular motion. Wait for few minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Another impressive way to remove dead skin cells is by brushing. Brushing not only removes dead cells but also stimulates the lymphatic system which enhances blood circulation.
Starting from feet, brush your whole body in circular motion. For bathing, do not use water that is too hot. Hot water exhausts all natural oils from your skin. Use lukewarm water for bathing. Avoid bubble bath that contains alcohol and chemicals. Use moisturizing soap made of essential oils and glycerin. Avoid using deodorant soap that is the main culprit for drying your skin.
After bath or shower, use a good moisturizer. The market is flooded with moisturizers that claim to give you glowing skin. But most of them contain one or the other chemicals. Use Aloe Vera gel, coconut oil or sesame oil after bathing. At night, use a night cream to get soft glowing skin. Do not forget to moisturize your lips as well.