As the festive season approaches, many of us eagerly look forward to celebrating with our loved ones. However, cold weather conditions might pose a risk to your skin as cold temperatures, low humidity, and harsh winds can leave your skin feeling dry, flaky, and irritated. To ensure you look and feel your best during the holiday season, it’s essential to give your skincare routine some special attention.
Mrs Sonali Sarkar, Mom blogger, Certified in Child Nutrition and Child Care shares some valuable tips for maintaining healthy and radiant skin during winter celebrations.
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Hydration is Key:
Mrs Sarkar says, one of the most common skincare issues during the winter is dryness. The cold air can strip your skin of its natural moisture, leaving it feeling tight and uncomfortable. To combat this, it’s crucial to prioritize hydration. Start by drinking plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from within. Additionally, use a moisturizer that is rich in emollients and humectants to lock in moisture. Opt for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which are excellent for retaining moisture and preventing dryness.
“While keeping your skin clean is essential, avoid overdoing it. In the winter, your skin’s protective barrier can become more fragile, making it susceptible to damage from aggressive cleansing. Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser that doesn’t strip away essential oils from your skin. Washing your face with lukewarm water is also preferable, as hot water can further dry out your skin,” Mrs Sarkar said.
Sunscreen Is Still A Must:
Mrs Sarkar explains, “Don’t make the mistake of thinking that sunscreen is only for the summer months. Even in the winter, the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to your skin. In fact, the reflection of sunlight off snow can intensify the exposure. Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation.”
“Exfoliation is an essential step in your skincare routine, but you should be cautious during the cold season. Over-exfoliating can worsen dryness and irritation. Opt for a mild exfoliant with ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and use it no more than twice a week to remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresh, glowing complexion,” Mrs Sarkar said.
Mrs Sarkar says chapped lips are a common winter woe. To keep your lips soft and kissable, apply a nourishing lip balm frequently throughout the day. Look for a product with hydrating ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, and vitamin E. Exfoliating your lips with a gentle scrub can also help remove flaky skin.
Humidify Your Environment:
“Investing in a humidifier for your home can make a significant difference in combating the drying effects of indoor heating during the winter. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, helping to maintain a comfortable level of humidity for your skin,” Mrs Sarkar said.
Protect Against Harsh Winds:
As per Mrs Sarkar, cold winds can be particularly harsh on your skin. Protect your face by wearing a scarf or a ski mask when you’re out in the cold. This will help shield your skin from the biting wind and prevent windburn.
Hydrating Face Masks:
“Treat yourself to a hydrating face mask once or twice a week. Look for masks that are specifically designed for dry and sensitive skin, and leave them on for 10-15 minutes to replenish your skin’s moisture,” she said.