Many people hate winter for what it does to their skin. Even those with naturally youthful looking skin feel the pinch in winter as the skin cracks due to the extra dry atmosphere. For those who have naturally dry skin, winter comes as a nightmare. They wish they could be soaked in a jar of oil like pickles. There’s no need for such drastic steps. Anyone, regardless of the kind of skin they have, can enjoy soft, supple, glowing skin even in winter.
The biggest mistake many people make is to over-rely on cosmetics and chemical products to have a skin the latest beauty queen would envy. Many beauty products thrive on the innate desire of every person to have skin, especially facial skin, which makes heads turn. Some of the tips given here emanate from common sense and grandma’s tales; but have been proven over the centuries. It doesn’t matter which part of the globe you reside, you need to take special care of your skin in dry weather conditions in summer and winter. Virgin coconut oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil nourish the skin while adding to its elasticity. Milk and honey are both great natural moisturizers.
You must properly cleanse all makeup before retiring for the night. If you have the habit of showering when you return from work or before going to bed; the makeup should be removed before the shower. Morning and night, clean your face with a face wash that suits your skin type.
Unless you have very oily skin, it makes sense to use some appropriate night cream to help your skin rejuvenate overnight. Those with oily skin should use a non-oily moisturizer to help the skin maintain its suppleness. One major advantage of oily skin is that it doesn’t age easily unless you overuse astringent, or a soap which has harsh chemicals.
Refined petroleum jelly isn’t simply for use on the lips or feet. It certainly prevents your lips or your heels from cracking. If you must do dishes using a harsh dish wash; coat your hands with petroleum jelly. Wait for it to soak in, and then do the dishes. The damage done to your hands will be minimized.
Use facial masks weekly to deep cleanse and tone your skin regularly. Beautiful skin is a matter of regular care. Masks which use natural ingredients like honey, bananas, yogurt, milk, buttermilk, cucumber extracts, almond paste, orange peels, finely ground lentils (masoor ki daal), Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth), avocado, egg yolk, and olive oil do more than simply refresh your skin. They cleanse, exfoliate dead skin, open clogged pores, nourish the skin, and tone it. The best ones are those which you prepare fresh, and utilize immediately, rather than the packaged and branded products.
A mask utilizing finely ground lentils, orange peel, fresh cream, and a dash of rosewater can work miracles for even dull, splotchy skin. Adding gram flour, curds, olive oil, a dash of glycerine, and some gulabbari water or rosewater to some soaked Fuller’s earth makes a great all-in-one mask. Keep it on for 20 minutes to half an hour. Cleanse with warm water, dab with a soft towel, and look in the mirror. You’ll be amazed that it is your skin which looks so radiant. You can also try a mask made of banana and papaya smoothie blended with honey to rid your skin of its redness, and rejuvenate it.
Drink plenty of water throughout winter, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Ideally, take the chill out of it before drinking. Use warm, not hot, water to wash your face. Wash your face at least twice a day to wash away the suspended particulate matter in the air. If you live in a particularly dry climate, use a humidifier in the rooms you use the most, and in your workplace, if you are in a situation to assure it. Hot soups and light gravies increase your fluid intake. However, go easy on tea and coffee as such hot drinks act as diuretics ensuring you urinate more; thereby losing body water.
Have plenty of fruits like grapes, apples, kiwis, sweet limes, and oranges in winter to build your resilience, and keep your system clean. Such foods and vegetables which have more fibers like leafy greens, carrots, cabbages, and zucchini are plentiful in winter. They go a long way to giving you glowing skin even in winter as they flush your body of free radicals and other harmful toxins. Drinking the juice of a lemon with some warm water, and either sweetened with honey, or with a dash of salt and pepper works wonders for your skin — and your figure.