The winter season is not an ideal time for your skin. Low humidity levels, dry air and harsh weather conditions steal moisture from your skin and leave you with itchy scalp, flakes, and dull skin. If not given immediate care, the extreme weather and brisk air can lead to skin cracking and premature ageing.
Winter season skin damage is common in people with sensitive skin as they’re more vulnerable. Moisturising the skin helps in counteracting damage caused by colder climatic conditions. But, there are many other steps you should take to keep your skin soft and glowing in the winter. Let’s find out how.
1) Take Shorter Baths
Taking warmer showers during the winter months might seem a blessing. But, spending too much time in the bathroom will not help your skin. Water repels oil instead of moisturising your skin; therefore, taking longer showers can lead to your skin losing its natural oils. To avoid this, take shorter baths and apply body oil immediately on your damp skin. Applying oil after the bath seals the dampness into your skin and prevents it from dehydration.
2) Moisturise Your Skin Frequently
It’s necessary to balance the water content of your skin when the temperature drops. Include moisturising in your daily skin regime but be careful while choosing the type of moisturiser. Consider your skin type and then make the appropriate choice. If you have dry or combination skin, then oil-based moisturisers are the best bet for you. Heavier moisturisers with greasy texture are great for your skin. If you have oily skin, then you’re able to go without moisturiser. However, if you experience dryness or itching, then go for natural moisturisers such as almond oil or olive oil.
3) Keep Yourself Active and Hydrated
One of the biggest mistakes people make during colder months is limiting their activity and consuming fewer liquids. As a result, your body doesn’t get enough blood circulation and water to maintain your skin’s softness and glow. To prevent this, exercise regularly and keep yourself active to increase blood flow in your body and drink a lot more water to hydrate your skin inside out.
4) Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliation is important for your skin, irrespective of the season. It may sound like a bad idea as you already have dry skin and scrubbing it can leave you with overly-dry skin. However, it’s actually the opposite. You shed dead skin year-round; therefore, exfoliating your skin with a scrub can help in removing dead skin cells and generating new ones. Use of a mild scrub is recommended at least twice a week in the winter to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
5) Wear Sunscreen
It’s a common misconception that the sun’s ray can’t damage your skin during the colder months. The ultraviolet rays of the sun are always present (even in the winter) and can penetrate through the clouds to damage your deeper skin layers. Since your skin becomes over-sensitive when the weather becomes colder, the chances of your skin being damaged by the UV rays also increase. This can lead to wrinkles and fine lines. Therefore, it’s necessary to wear sunscreen even during the winter. Whenever you step out in the sun, remember to apply sunscreen on your skin.
The winter season is at its peak. Protect your skin from this harsh weather by taking some essential steps. Take warmer, but shorter baths, apply sunscreen, moisturise your skin frequently and drink as much water as you can. Include these points in your regime and achieve soft and glowing skin even in the colder months.