Are you thinking that is it necessary to change your skincare ritual in the winter season? Yes, changing your skincare ritual helps to keep the skin more hydrated and glowing during winter. The skin becomes more sensitive and irritated by the cool and dry weather. The sebaceous gland of the skin tends to decrease the production of sebum which acts as a protective barrier against the water evaporation. The body needs more delicate care to keep the moisture and barrier functions of the skin.
COLD, DRY AND WINDY WEATHER IS A COMMON CAUSE OF DRY, DULL AND CHAPPED SKINS. LUCKILY, FOLLOWING A CORRECT SKINCARE ROUTINE, WE CAN PREVENT AND CURE THESE PROBLEMS MOST OF THE TIME DURING WINTER.
Here are some ultimate winter skin care rituals you’ll want to begin immediately:
01. Use lukewarm water to wash your face and hands.
Hot showers and baths always make you feel good in cool winter season. But it strips the layer of natural oils, contributing to a drier skin. So always wash your face and hands using lukewarm water and keep your bathing time short, about 5 to 10 minutes.
02. Use an oil based moisturizer.
Your skin needs an additional moisturizer to survive through winter. Damp or slightly moist skin increases the absorption of moisturizer or oils. Therefore, apply a heavy moisturizer right after your shower to help the skin for better absorption and to seal that moisture into the skin. Afterwards, use a heavy emollient based skincare product made from natural ingredients.
03. Add additional steps to your daily skincare ritual.
Unlikely in summer, Sebaceous glands are less functional to produce oil and to maintain a healthy epidermal barrier in winter season. Choose a moisturizer with heavy emollient like natural butters and oils. Don’t forget the delicate skin around your eyes. Add an eye cream and moisturizers with vitamin C & E to your skincare ritual. These additional steps will help to create a layer on the skin that helps to retain more moisture on the skin by creating a protective barrier.
04. Use a gentle exfoliator/cleanser.
Removing dead cells from the skin helps to keep a glowing skin in every season. But be careful when you use exfoliators that include ingredients such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid. It can make the skin extremely dry. Always use a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. I prefer exfoliating balm/ cleansing balm made from natural plants and seeds. It restores skin moisture while gently removing the skin’s dead cells.
05. Use a hydrating mask.
Hydrating masks can provide the needed moisture and nourishment to the skin. You can use either homemade or store bought mask but make sure the ingredients are all natural and free from fragrance. The fragranced products can further irritate the skin that is already irritated due to winter weather. The hydrating masks nourish the deep layers of the skin and help to hydrate the dry spots, soothe irritation and restore radiance.
06. Keep your humidifier on.
As the temperature drops, the humidity in the air also decreases. As the air become drier and less humid, the moisture from your skin is removed to the dry air. A humidifier adds moisture to the air. This additional moisture not only helps your skin to stay hydrate, it also improves the skin tone and texture, and also decreases the sinus sensitivity.
07. Protect your body from cold wind, rain, snow and sun.
We normally cover our body with few layers of clothes in the winter season. How about our body extremities? Do we cover them everytime we go out? Get use to wearing gloves, scarves and hats to protect them throughout the winter months. Whether it is winter or summer, never forget to apply your sun cream.
08. Use a lip balm.
Chapped and dry lips are very common in winter season. Don’t lick the lips, it makes the lips further dry. Exfoliate lips with a gentle exfoliator to remove dry, dead cells. To protect your lips from the cold and dry weather, apply a lip balm with vitamin B & E. It will help to heal and to keep the moisture of the lips.
09. Hydrate from inside out.
Body diminishes the thirst response and increase the urine production as a result of a body mechanism to keep our internal bodies warm in cold weather. We tend to drink less water and pass more urine. This makes it easier to dehydrate the body and the skin in the winter season. So drink often and even before you are thirsty. You can add more watery fruits and vegetables to your meals.
10. Do the Ayurvedic facial massage daily.
Dry, windy and cold weather reduces your sebum secretion and as a result, disrupts the skin’s natural lipid barrier, making the skin dry and rough in exposed areas. The dry skin tends to develop fine lines and it easily gets irritated. Excessive dryness is also an indicator that the skin needs extra moisturizing and protecting from winter’s harsh effects. Ayurvedic facial massage has two primary steps, Abhayanga and Marma point massage. It does an excellent job of moisturizing and repairing the skin. It replenishes the essential skin lipids and helps to fade fine lines while maintaining a healthy skin barrier.
ADDING THE AYURVEDIC FACIAL MASSAGE TO YOUR WINTER SKIN CARE RITUAL IS THE BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE A SMOOTH AND GLOWING SKIN IN WINTER SEASON.