As the days get colder you would have to start adjusting your skin care routine as well as your everyday habits to prevent the skin from getting dry. Now that the winter season is fast approaching we would want to dodge one of winter’s annoying spells which is dry skin. Here are some tips on how you can get your skin looking and feeling smooth and healthy during the winter season.
Skin Care Adjustments for the Winter Season
- Once a day facial cleansing.
You may have been used to washing your face twice a day for all seasons but come winter time, you should cut it down to just once a day. Wash the face with a cleanser during night time only to get rid of dirt, grime, pollution and make up. In the morning just simply splash your face with water.
- Stop using products containing alcohol.
You should stop using any skin care product that contains alcohol especially during the colder months. Alcohol dries out the skin and along with cold weather, indoor heating and cold winds, your skin would be getting dry even more frequently if you keep on using toners or astringents containing alcohol.
- Exfoliate once a week.
It is advisable to exfoliate more frequently during the winter season. Make it a habit to exfoliate your face and the entire body once every week. Be sure to use a soft wash cloth or scrub and be gentle to your skin in doing so. Exfoliating will get rid of the dead skin cells that have piled up on the surface therefore allowing newer and live skin cells to the surface.
- Take short showers with lukewarm water.
During the colder season, we may be tempted to take long hot showers but doing so is punishment for the skin. Water especially hot water strips the skin of its natural oils leaving it squeaky dry. It is best to shower using lukewarm water instead. It is also best to make your showers quick probably lasting for just 5 minutes or even less. Soaking your skin in water for a long time will result to dry skin as your skin’s natural oils is washed away. More moisture will be taken away from your skin as the water evaporates. For baths, a quick one is ideal and lukewarm water should be used instead of hot. To make your baths soothing and moisturising to the skin, add colloidal oatmeal or a few drops of Argan oil.
- Reintroduce moisture to the skin!
Everytime you wash your skin, its natural oils are washed off as well. Lather on a generous amount of moisturiser on the skin. An ideal pick is the Moroccan Argan oil. The oil is packed with nutrients with heavy moisturising prowess such as Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. The oil also contains Sterols which seal in moisture to the skin!
These are just a few of the adjustments you’ll need to do come winter time!
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