And winters are here. Just as our wardrobe undergoes a major upheaval, so does our skin care regime. I mean don’t we all crave hot coffees, gaajar ka halwa, saag and all; in the exact same way our skin too craves a different sort of attention. But don’t worry I have the menu card sorted and prepared for you.
• MOISTURIZE- I know you have heard this too many times, but this one is different. I have tried all sorts of creams, lotions and serums but nothing beats aloe-vera gel. It can exfoliate, restore and provide constant, impressive nutrition to the skin and is suitable for all skin types.
• LIP BALM- Chapped lips are the woe of every girl around the corner. So don’t forget to moisturise them again and again, try finding a lip balm that has SPF in it and carry it around with you. Try ones with natural ingredients like brown sugar, vanilla etc.
• SUN SCREEN- Trust me, sunburn during winters hurt, a lot. Many have the miss conception that the sun rays aren’t that strong in winters , but sorry dear ,they are not only present but more harmful too, so don’t forget to lather up the sunscreen 15 mins before you go out. And believe me, no one likes to look like a lobster during the holiday season.
• OILING- No, I don’t mean oiling your hair. Though you should, but I refer to an old dadi ka nuskha, which will keep your skin hydrated. After you have taken a bath, rub coconut oil all over your body and then wash it off with water only. This way the excess oil is washes away and the oil absorbed keeps the skin hydrated and fresh. No need to lather yourself with lotions. This one beats coco butter.
P.S- I know that hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.
• OVERNIGHT MOISTURIZE- Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering yourself with aloe-vera gel or cocoa / shea butter at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.
• EXFOLIATE-We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. And this way moisture can’t enter . Try using exfoliating masks and then follow immediately with moisturiser to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months, they are a god send.
• DIY MASKS-Homemade hydrating masks can provide the much needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturising ingredients like honey, yogurt, olive and mustard oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe vera . Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave it on your skin for 10-30 minutes for a lasting hydrated effect. And voila !
• TLC- Don’t forget to give the required care to your hands and feet and your nails too (they chip of easily). Coco butter is your saviour here. Make sure that you have a hand cream with you and soak your feet in warm water for 15 mins every day and moisturise, the cracks will disappear soon. Apply at least a topcoat if you aren’t a big fan of nail polish to avoid nails from chipping off.
• TONNING- I was not much into toning my skin until I found out how seriously effective it is for my skin especially in winters , mostly because it balances the moisture during winters very well. Also, it keeps my face fresh throughout the day.
Well , this is all. Hope you liked the menu and hope it will be easy for you to follow through, as it is for me. The key in winters is to identify what our skin needs and accordingly fulfill it. Just lathering any cream isn’t the solution. Though we all love winters, but, unfortunately, winter is the time when our skin does not like to cooperate with us. Take good care of your skin now or how will you get the chance to flaunt those beautiful dresses in summer?