Winter is here! It’s time to heartily sip on hot chocolate or garam chai. Without a doubt, winter is one of the best seasons to enjoy some of our favourite foods as well as the outdoors. Winter might be a party for us but not so much for our skin. The cold weather robs the natural moisture of the skin, leaving it dull, dry, and itchy. Along with this, inadequate sleep, high-stress levels, poor diet, etc. do not help the case. That’s why following a winter skincare routine is essential.
Winter skincare isn’t challenging to follow. Some basic ingredients found in your kitchen can do miracles for your skin making it healthy and glowing. Even changing and following some habits in your daily life can be beneficial. We have listed some of the best ingredients and some healthy tips that you can be helpful for your skin during winters.
Honey is one magical ingredient that you cannot go wrong with, even with daily use. It is suitable and effective for all skin types and leaves your skin feeling supple and fresh. Just dab some honey on your face for 10 minutes and wash it off. You can also make a milk and honey face pack, apply it on your face and wash once dry. Why use honey in your daily winter skincare routine-
- Protects your skin from bacteria.
- Keeps your skin moisturized.
- Boosts the glow of your complexion.
- Cleanses your skin pores.
- Helps in treating sunburns.
Drink Water Regularly
Winter skincare is incomplete without water. Water can do wonders for your skin not only during winters but all the year-round. During winters, we consume less water as we feel less dehydrated. But we lose it in so many other ways without even realizing it. Therefore, we must drink water regularly to hydrate our skin. We can infuse the water with basic ingredients like basil, mint, juice cubes, cinnamon, etc. to reap maximum benefits. Why water is imperative for glowing skin in winter-
- Flushes out toxins.
- Clears out acne by balancing oils in the skin.
- Enhances skin tone.
- Reduces puffiness.
- Maintains your pH balance.
- Tighter Skin
A natural exfoliator, yoghurt is one of the best home remedies for glowing skin in winters. It contains lactic acid which is beneficial for skin in many ways. It is full of nutrients, like a healthy snack for your skin. You can make a face mask with yoghurt and other ingredients like grated carrots, lemon or honey, apply it on your skin and wash off after 15 to 20 minutes. Why yoghurt is a must-use for glowing skin in winter-
- Hydrates and moisturises your skin.
- Helps dissolve dead skin cells.
- Helps get rid of dark circles.
- Brightens your skin tone.
- Soothes sunburns.
Use Lukewarm Water On Your Face
Nothing beats relaxing your body muscles with a hot shower during winters. But using hot water on your face in winters is a big NO! Hot water on your face makes it dry and flaky. And if you have sensitive skin, the effects are even more adverse. The solution to this is using lukewarm water on your face. Lukewarm water is ideal for winter skincare because-
- It removes dirt from the surface of your skin.
- It balances your natural skin oil.
- It ensures that your skin cleanser or face wash have the right amount of foaming action.
Not only from the outside will your skin need care; it will require good nutrition and care from inside too. You must tweak your diet a bit in winters. Include foods that are rich in Omega 3. Omega 3 is beneficial in skin hydration, protection from sunburn and regulating the skin’s oil production. Fruits rich in Vitamin A, C and E can help keep the skin hydrated. Foods that can be good for winter skincare-
- Carrots- An antioxidant that helps produce collagen.
- Beetroot- Purifies that blood and eliminates toxins.
- Almonds- Natural emollients that hydrate the skin.
- Green Tea- Full of skin-nourishing nutrients.
- Olive Oil- Helps in repairing damaged skin.
Aloe vera is widely popular for its medicinal properties and an answer for several ailments. Aloe vera gel is a great moisturizer since it has a non-greasy texture and it can be used as an aftershave too. Aloe vera gel can be used as a moisturizer or as a face mask. You can add other ingredients such as turmeric, honey, banana, multani matti [fuller’s earth], etc. for maximum benefits. Why choose aloe vera for your winter skincare routine-
- Retains your skin’s firmness.
- Rejuvenates and hydrates the skin.
- Removes dead skin cells.
- Treats acne and pimples.
- Treats eczema and psoriasis.