Skin Care for Winter
Love the winter? Oh but along with winter comes the dry & itchy skin, depressed & gloomy mood, fears of catching a cold or gaining that extra pound. Are you prepared for all that? Because of low levels of humidity during winter time, your skin is snatched of moisture. This leads to the drying and cracking of your skin which you have to take care of. Taking these factors into consideration, skin care during winter is as important as during summers.
Use a good, creamy oil based moisturizer throughout the day and also before sleeping.
An oil based moisturizer will protect the skin from moisture loss thus being more effective compared with other lotions and creams. Avoid using this in areas that tend to get hot and sweaty. It’s also advised to use skin care products containing natural ingredients. The added dryness present indoors can remove any leftover moisture from your skin. That is why use a humidifier to humidify dry air inside your house which will indirectly help in less cracking and drying of the skin. Take care to use a sunscreen with SPF30 or more. Sunscreen is essential in winter as well as since sun’s reflective powers are great full year. Avoid taking a hot shower as hot water will dry out your skin. Use lukewarm water instead.
Don’t want to fall sick? Just have a good healthy diet containing and exercise well. If you follow these two your immune system can easily combat everything that goes around the air especially during winters!! Keep hydrating yourself by drinking lots of water. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they dehydrate you. Also avoid soaking yourself too much in water as it tends to deplete skin’s natural moisture.
Hands & Legs
We will be covered in heavy winter wear from top to bottom but somehow we always forget to cover those precious hands. Take care to protect them by wearing woolen gloves or mittens. If you feel itchy using them either switch to different materials or try applying hand lotion before wearing them. Don’t forget to moisturize areas like elbows, knees & knuckles as these parts tend to get drier compared to others.
As for your feet, apply a rich moisturizing lotion and then wear a pair of cotton socks before sleeping. If your skin still feels dry try applying body oil and then using a body lotion or else use bath oils while bathing and apply a moisturizer right after that.
Doctors strictly advise not to lick chapped lips in an attempt to moisturizing them as once your saliva dries after moisturizing, lips tend to become even drier than how it was before licking them. Also avoid flavored lip balms for this reason if you tend to lick on them. Use a lip balm of SPF 15 or more. Use petroleum jelly or a good lip balm containing an ingredient called propolis which is produced by honey bees. It is said to have various antibacterial, antifungal & antiviral properties which is why it’s not only a good covering for our lips but also serves great help in oral treatments.