Winter Skin Care tips for Dry Skin

by Suma on November 6, 2010 · 18 comments

Winter Skin Care Tips for Dry Skin

With winter approaching, our skin needs extra taking care off and people with dry skin like me need to be extra loving and pampering to our skin. I have almost perfected this art of tending to my skin ;) and so I thought of sharing it with you guys… So here goes…

I strictly follow a regime of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, steaming and sun-screening ;) Not necessarily in the same order but yeah to most extent.

CLEANSING

Well yeah we all wash our faces now don’t we? But do we do it right? Do we use the right products? One thing that must always be kept in mind is that we must always choose products that are suitable to our skin types. Of course, even when you go for a face wash that reads your skin type, you might not just like it or your skin might just reject it. So, yes it does take time for someone to find that “Oh so perfect” face wash. It took me some time but I was lucky to find mine :)
My skin is on the drier side, ok who am I kidding? My skin is the extreme of dryness and so I opt for cream face washes rather than gel ones that my sister who has oily skin opts for. :)
The two face washes that I swear by are:

Everyuth Cream Face Wash (Peach)

Everyuth Face Wash

Everyuth Face Wash

Washing your face off make-up, dirt and grime every night before going to sleep is a must and does wonders to your skin in the long run. I follow this regularly.

One must also keep in mind to avoid using soaps on the face, they excessively dry out the skin. Also, try to wash your face with cold or lukewarm water. Avoid washing your face with hot water.

EXFOLIATING

Ok, now this is my favorite part and I just simply love scrubbing my face! It works awesomely for my skin and gives me an instant glow. It basically removes the dead skin from the surface that tends to dull your complexion. Exfoliation should be done in circular motion and skin under the eyes and other such delicate areas must be avoided. To rinse off, use cold to lukewarm water. One must keep in mind that you must not scrub your face daily, an interval of 7-10 days is enough.

I exfoliate every week or maybe every 10 days. I usually use the following scrubs:

  • HipHop Peach Face Scrub
  • St Ives Apricot Face Scrub

Scrub

Scrub

You must make sure to use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains are a sign of cheap scrubs and by using them you run a risk of tearing your skin.

MOISTURIZING
A basic law in beauty is that everyone needs to moisturize, difference lying in the type of moisturizer or cream one uses. It is no secret that the type of cream you choose to use should be dictated by the skin you have. Dry skinned people must use moisturizers during the day as they seal moisture into the skin. Whenever your skin feels tight or stretchy one must moisturize. You must keep a small bottle of moisturizer handy in your purse or hand bag especially during winters.

Moisturiser

Moisturiser

During winter season, one must also use either some kind of body oil or glycerin or a night cream before going to bed in order to keep one’s skin hydrated throughout the night.

I personally use the following oils and moisturizers:

  • Garnier Body Cocoon
  • Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lotion
  • Almond Oil
  • Olive Oil

SUN SCREEN“ING”
Whatever the season, one must use a sun screen during the day. It not only helps prevent tan, it actually delays the process of ageing and getting wrinkled up. It is a very important part of a daily skin care regimen.
I use Oriflame’s SunCare Photostable Sun Lotion. It is oily, doesn’t dry my skin and still protects my skin from the sun :)

STEAMING
Now this is one process that I follow generally once a fortnight. It is the best process to best way to thoroughly deep clean your pores, to get rid of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Steaming your face is very important to loosen debris that may be embedded into the skin. When steaming, your pores get widened and the skin is softened, which help in cleansing the impurities more easily.

Steam

Steam

You could also use either some herbs or some essential oils in the steam water. For dry skin, rose, rosemary or lavender is recommended.

What do you do to take care of your skin during winter months?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Rati November 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Hi Suma,

Simple useful tips. I have got such major cold that steaming has become a necessity now. :(( Hope I get some glow on face as well. ;)

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Suma November 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

awwwww… Rati… u not well??? :( :( :( Take care… We don’t want u falling sick :(
but yes I am sure, the steaming will surely be of major help :D :D :D :D :D

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Rati November 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

All that weather change no. So just a bit of coughing and sneezing. he he..

I also have dry so I totally relate to the routine. ;)

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Preetha November 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Nice tips Suma :-)

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Suma November 6, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Thank you Preetha… :)

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Smita T November 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I have oily skin normally, but normal to dry in winters. I steam every 15 days too , and i find it very helpful. Really nice tips Suma, very useful.

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Meenal November 6, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Thanks for the tips!! So useful..I have dry skin too. Something I’d like to add is using honey. I mix my face packs with a little milk and honey and it doesn’t let my skin dry. I’m going to try regular steaming too :-) :-)

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Suma November 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

ooooh yes! Honey is awesome for the skin too….. :) can’t believe i forgot to mention it!!!! :roll: :eek: :disdain: :snicker: :sarcasm: :idk: :weep: :weep: :weep: :sidefrown: :sidefrown: :idk:

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Nids November 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

me tooo part of the dry skin community.. follow the same procedure bt wid differtent products though.. hav to add ‘steaming’ toooo in my list nw… thanks for this gud post suma.. :-)) :-))

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Aarthi November 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for this wonderful post Suma. I am suffering with dry skin so this post is very useful for me. Thank You :)

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Suma November 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

its my pleasure nids and Aarthi :)

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monika November 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm

lovely post..i do everything but never tried steaming at home. do u girls use a steamer of the ragular boiled water pateela with towel

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Suma November 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

i have been planning to get a proper facial steamer since a long time but somehow other stuff take higher priority :D LOL…
so i am stuck using a pateela and a towel ;) :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

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monika November 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

hehehe…i know what u mean…..same here :)

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Nina June 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

Garnier products are already here in our country. I noticed that most of the customers choose Garnier for skin lotion. Giving it a try might save me from excessive dryness.

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