The joys of winter season are largely understood, when the simplest of hot meals taste amazing, snuggling under multiple bed sheets brings an incomparable sense of joy and sipping on hot chocolate is bliss beyond comparison. However, like most good things in life, winters too present some issues. Among these, dry or flaky skin is the most common condition. For keeping your skin moisturized and supple during the winters, you don’t need medical advice or spend hours researching on the internet—just read through the following tips and follow them with regularity:
Moisturize After Every Cleaning Session
Whether you take a bath, wash your face or wash your hands, ensure that during winters, you immediately follow this with some basic moisturizer or lotion. Soap and water tend to cleanse our skin along with removing its natural moisture, leaving it drier and vulnerable to cracking. Keep an all-purpose body lotion handy or carry a small jar of vaseline. Try not to use harsh cleaning agents that can react on dry skin and can lead to further erosion of the skin’s essential oils.
Don’t Forget Your Lips
Most people tend to realize the damaged state of their lips, when the cracking and flaking becomes visible. Rather than testing your lips’ ability to counter the drying winters, it is better to equip them with daily application of a lip balm. Chapped lips are plain ugly, capable of immediately ruining your impression. If you want, you can carry a chap-stick. Just go to washroom and dab it on your lips throughout the day.
Your Scalp Needs Caring Too
Dandruff tends to haunt many people, particularly during the dry winter season. With lowered water intake and cold winds constantly taking-away the skin’s natural oils and moisture, the scalp too is left dry and flaky, leading to dandruff. The best way to avoid this winter skin problem is to massage your head with lukewarm oils like coconut or mustard oil before going to bed.
Exfoliation Basics You Should Know
Firstly, exfoliate minimally during the winters. With your skin being dry and susceptible to breakouts, it is better not to exfoliate with very hard scrubbers. Ensure that you moisturize the exfoliated cuticles comprehensively. This includes the spots of thicker, dry skin found along the heels, elbows and needs. It is better to use nourishing oils like sesame or coconut oil for this.
Keep Away From Scalding Water
Yes, taking a winter bath under the hot, steaming shower is one of purest forms of joy known to us but remember this—scalding hot water can leave your skin drier. It is better to regulate the temperature of your bathing water where it should be a shade under boiling hot. If possible, try to use lukewarm water rather than heated water. A good, preventative idea is to lightly massage your body with body oils before taking a hot bath.
Use Winter Dietary Supplementation
To avert dry skin, it is advised to equip yourself with a systematic winter supplementation regime should include omega-3 oils found largely in fish. This can be consumed in the form of fish oil pills. Other essential vitamins and minerals for the winter season include vitamins A, D and E apart from zinc. Thus, ensure greater consumption of lean meats, apples and green leafy vegetables apart from walnuts, peanuts, peanuts and pistachios.
Keep Your Environment & Body Hydrated
With closed windows and shut doors accompanied by central heating or room heaters and blowers, the internal air loses the basic moisture level it should always possess. The dry air is re-circulated. Dry air tends to further dry-up our winter-bashed skin. Thus, it is better to use a humidifier or allow some ventilation for a few minutes, every two hours. Your body too needs more water to fight-off the winter dryness so consume water at regular intervals. In fact, it is now postulated that winter and summer season water intake should be almost equal for ensuring better, all-round health. (Grooming, MensXP.com)