The battle for healthy skin begins as soon as the temperature starts dropping and autumn transits into winter. While the sun is the worst nemesis of the skin, dry air and chilly temperature aren’t friends either. Cold weather, biting winds, and low humidity can strip your skin of its natural moisture, leaving it dry, itchy, red, flaky and scaly. But the good news is that you can reduce the skin damage by preparing now. Here's what you must do now to get your skin winter-ready skin:
Avoid long hot showers
When it starts getting cold outside, nothing can be more soothing for your body than a hot shower. But prolonging your bath can strip the skin of its protective oils, making the skin barrier function weak. This allows moisture to escape, leaving you with dry, itchy and irritated skin. So, keep showers short during the winter and use lukewarm, not hot water. To further prevent dryness switch to a moisture-rich body wash and after bath lather on a lot of moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp to lock in moisture that will keep your skin soft all day long.
Make changes to your skincare regime
While cleansing and toning are important steps of skincare during summers, exfoliating is the key to glowing skin in winters. During winters your skin is constantly turning over, and a layer of dead cells forms over the skin. To get rid of dead skin layers you need to exfoliate regularly. Gentle scrubs and cleansers or chemical exfoliate can help you melt away that layer of dead skin. If you have severe dry skin, then use natural exfoliates like oats, sugar or apricot seeds as they will not dry out your skin. We recommend Makari™ Clarifying Exfoliating Antiseptic Soap.
Apart from exfoliation you must moisturize. Use hydrating products that moisturise your skin without leaving you feeling greasy. Even if you have oily skin, you need to hydrate it during winters. Most people believe that sunscreens are only for summers. But, that’s not true. You must apply sunscreen all year round to protect your skin from UV rays, which can damage your skin even if you can’t see the sun.
Repair your skin – Winter is the perfect time for it
The damage that the sun causes during the summers can be easily repaired in the winter. As most of your skin is covered with layers of clothing, environmental damage is minimal and your body gets enough time to repair itself. Identify your skin issues and start using products to correct them. But remember, many repair lotions contain ingredients that can dry out your skin. It is essential to moisturise more than twice a day to keep your skin soft and supple.