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Tips to stay warm and moisturized in this winter period
Having a dry skin during winter period is a very common effect of winter. Some of effects of dry skin includes scaliness, itchiness, redness, irritated skin, stinging or burning, cracks in your skin etcetera. To avoid these effects, you can also try out some of the steps I followed.
Using a moisturizer after washing your hand or other part of your body is very important, as you wash, you get rid of essential oils in the body so that is why it is important to use moisturizer after washing to replace the lost oil and keep your skin looking hydrated. You can try out the nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme.
Adjust your skin care routine
If your face seems to be always sensitive or irritated due to the dry winter air, you may want to consider simplifying your skin care routine for the time being. If your skin is irritated, it might be more sensitive to ingredients like fragrance and alcohol. This means that products that would normally feel great on your face could turn into irritants. Try keeping your skin care routine simple.
Bath at a normal temperature
Taking a hot bath after having a stressful winter day may feel soothing but to keep your skin nourished, you may need to use a lukewarm water instead. Hot water can be detrimental to your skin and strip away your skin's natural oils faster than a lukewarm water. Also make sure to gently pat your skin with a soft towel after bath and not a heavy rubbing so that your skin to not overly dry out.
Cover your face and use a petroleum-based lip balm. Skin protectants that include petroleum and creams with ceramides are effective as well.
Take precautions while using exfoliants and scrubs
Exfoliants are good for the body as it helps in getting rid of dry dead skin from the body but it might be damaging to the skin when over used. Also using the wrong type of exfoliants and scrubs can cause the skin to dry out. So make sure to watch the kind of exfoliant you are using during winter period. If your skin is cracked, raw, or irritated, it may be best to avoid exfoliation until your skin has healed.
Protect your skin from sun
Though it might be tempting to cut out sunscreens from our routine during winter because we feel it's no more needed since it's no more winter period but remember that even during during winter, the winter sun can also be dangerous to the skin. Overexposure to sunlight can lead to premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. The recommended type of sunscreen should be at least SPF 30.
The key step to keeping your skin healthy and glowing is to make sure you’re staying well hydrated throughout the day. (Infact this should have been my number 1). Hydrating from inside is sure the best way to look hydrated on the outside. Not taking in enough fluid can affect the appearance of your skin and also make it more susceptible to drying out. In addition to staying well hydrated, you may also want to focus on eating foods that are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these nutrients can protect your cells from environmental damage and help your body make healthy cells.
Applying occlusive too can help
Occlusive ingredients provide a physical barrier to lock moisture into your skin. You may want to consider incorporating occlusive ingredients into your skin care routine also. Examples of occlusive ingredients include shea butter, cocoa butter, rosehip oil, petroleum jelly-based products like Vaseline etcetera. The best way to work these products into your routine is to apply them once or twice per day after moisturizing.
Your natural vitamin D production increases as a result of daily sun exposure during the summer but decreases during the winter period as a result of lesser sun exposure. Taking vitamin D supplements can ensure that you get the recommended amounts of vitamins all year round.
Non-irritating fabrics can be the best at this period
One of the rules that have tarried for so long when dealing with any skin problem is to avoid wearing harsh materials and dry skin is no exception. If your skin is extra dry, try wearing loose, comfortable, natural fabrics to reduce the risk of extra physical irritation. Also, avoid washing your clothes with regular detergents. Make sure to use detergents formulated for sensitive skin which will likely be free of harsh chemicals and fragrances.
Try wearing gloves both indoors and outdoors
To protect your hands, wear warm gloves when stepping out into the cold and use a pair of silicone gloves when washing dishes indoors. Gloves are the ultimate physical barrier against environmental agents that can dry out the skin on your hands. Also by limiting the dry air and hot water that touches your skin can help keep your hands smooth and well hydrated.
These are the little points of mine that I know will work well during the winter period because everything listed here is what I've tried out on my own and it worked well for me and that's the reason why I decided to put it out just incase you might need this information.
Note: I'm neither a dermatologist nor skin care expert, these are just natural remedies that had been tested and trusted. And this article is not for the purpose of commercialising any product or disregard the products you are using. Thank you!