Quick Fixes For Your Dry Skin This Winter
If you have a typically dry skin type and this season makes you moan with helplessness at taking care of a parched hinterland that is your skin, worry not. Here are some super effective quick fixes that will help you go from roughness central to glowing city.
1. There is nothing more relaxing than a hot water shower in cold weather. But also please know that all that hot water is soaking up the natural moistures in your skin and once you emerge from it and dry yourself off; be ready for a stretchy dry feeling on your skin. As they say, prevention is better than cure so best prevent dryness from happening by taking a nice warm shower instead of a scalding hot one. No one said beauty comes easy.
2. Two words: baby oil. I know many people cringe at the thought of putting oil on their bodies instead of the good old body lotion but baby oil is nothing of the sticky ickiness that you imagine. It smells lovely and not at all sticky. For the more experimentative of you, try the new revolution in beauty care: argan oil. It's a god send for many people with dry skin. If you're still finicky, all I would say is don't dismiss an idea without at least one try. You will thank me for it.
3. Choose your body wash wisely: check your soaps and washes for ingredients. Avoid harsh chemicals and alcohol cleansers. They are all moisture zapping cheap cosmetics from money making corporates. Try to go as organic and natural as you can.
4. Exfoliate and scrub gently: exfoliating is an important part of your skin care regimen but be gentle with it. don't scrub that loofah too vigorously. It will take essential oils away with all that dead skin.
5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: use the best moisturiser you can buy that suits your skin type. Try cocoa butter for extremely dry skin. Use it generously and keep topping it every few hours or as required.
6. Sunscreen: harsh sun rays are a major cause for causing dry-ness especially in high altitudes. Make sure you protect your skin from the UV rays by layering on some good SPF.
7. Use a humidifier at home: Cold, dry air is a common cause of dry, irritated skin. Heating your house keeps you warm, but it also removes moisture from the air, which can make dry skin even more parched. To replenish that missing moisture quickly and easily, use a humidifier in your bedroom. Aim for indoor humidity of about 50%.\
8. Diet and water: eating a nutritious diet with balanced food groups is key to maintaining good hair and skin all year round. However, in winter with the intake of dehydrating drinks like coffee going up and our body's thirst indications on the low, it's very easy to get dehydrated without even realizing it. So even if you don't feel particularly thirsty, make sure to keep your water intake moderately high so that your skin cells keep getting replenished.
9. Home-made face masks: a lot of ingredients in your kitchen make for wonderfully moisturising face masks for example honey, avocado, yoghurt etc. Slather them on for 10-15 minutes and wash off with plain water for instant glow and smoothness.
10. Vitamin supplements: sometimes a good diet just doesn't cut it. Over time, your body keeps fighting against the vitamin and mineral deficiencies and starts functioning at sub-optimal levels, getting miserly with distributing the sparsely available essential nutrients. Start with taking some multi vitamin and mineral supplements after discussing with your physician. Don't expect overnight results with this. Your body will take getting used to and absorb all the goodness. However in 6-8 weeks you should experience a change for the better.
11. Fish oil capsules: if you're vegetarian you may be cringing at this suggestion but let me remind you that Far East Asians have outstanding skin and hair for a reason. It's all the fish they eat and get all the omega 3 fatty acids from. Fish oil capsules are just that, in a swallowable form. It's a must try.
12. Wash your face with olive oil. Sounds weird? Here is what you need to do- massage your face for a minute or two with extra virgin olive oil and wash normally with soap and tap water. Thank me later.
13. Vaseline over-night: apply Vaseline on your face and leave it overnight. You will wake up to baby soft skin. Promise.
14. Sleep on silk or satin pillows and sheets: I bet you never realized how much of your natural body oil gets transferred to your cotton sheets (yes, even the high count Egyptian cotton). Try sleeping on silk (if you can afford) or satin (good alternative) pillow cases and sheets. It will make a world of a difference without too much effort.
15. Get an Aloe Vera plant. Break off a stem, split it and apply on face or anywhere directly. Best nature's remedy and instant relief for the skin.
Do share with us your own remedies and tricks to take care of your skin this winter at firstname.lastname@example.org.