Skin Care During Winter – Introduction
Skin Care During Winter – I won’t say that winter is my favourite season but I do believe that it’s a great time. To me, it is a season of creativity, new beginnings and a lot of skin problems. The winter season brings along skin problems whenever it knocks our door. This season can prove really harmful towards your skin if not used the right protecting shields. Proper and timely skin care can make you supple, healthy, prevent irritation and skin dryness. So people today in this article of mine I’ll be talking about a few home remedies for protection in winters.
“Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless”.- Terri Guillemets
WHAT IS THE REASON OF DRY SKIN IN WINTERS?
Our body keeps on undergoing a change, both physically and mentally. Similarly with a change in climatic conditions, our body tends to change so as to adapt itself according to the season. During the winter season the change that we can see in our body is dryness. This is so because during summer you may tend to sweat a lot which is good for your skin and keeps it nourished. During harsh and cold winters, you may sweat less. As a result, your skin does not get enough of moisture that would keep it nourished and glowing.
Symptoms of Dry Skin
Below are the few symptoms which indicates that you are suffering from dry skin and it is your skin that requires your immediate skin care in winter.
- At first, your skin may turn rough and lose its glowing texture.
2. You may feel as though your skin is getting tighter.
3. Severe itching
4. Your skin may begin to scale and peel away.
5. skin is cracking
6. Skin turning Red
7. Cracks that may make your skin bleed.
HOME REMEDIES FOR SKIN CARE IN WINTER
1. ALOE VERA
Aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory properties and improves collagen and elastin levels. It is often used in the treatment of dry and patchy skin. It contains polysaccharides that help to retain the moisture levels in the skin.
All you need is a fresh Aloe leaf to extract gel from it. Apply a scoop of gel on your face at night, and leave it overnight. Repeat every night to see good results.
2.OILS FOR DRY SKIN
Coconut oil can do wonders to replenish and lock in the natural moisture of the skin. It contains healthy fatty acids that replenish the skin’s lessened fatty acid reserve. All you have to do is apply coconut oil on dry areas of your skin and leave it on.
Almond oil has been used in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines to treat dry skin. It has moisturizing properties and makes your skin smooth and supple. It can also improve your complexion and skin tone.
🍁Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is used to target excessive dryness because it can improve the skin’s hydration significantly. It is rich in antioxidants that can help in the treatment of skin disorders.
Mustard oil is used in Ayurveda to treat dry skin. But there is no scientific evidence to prove its efficacy.
Glycerin works wonders not only on dry skin but also on chapped lips. It improves skin hydration and skin barrier function and improves skin health.
All you have to do is mix 1teaspoon glycerine with 1tablespoon rose water and apply it on your face for a few hours and then rinse it off..
Vaseline is composed of petroleum jelly or petrolatum. This ingredient is used to lock in the moisture and prevent water loss from the skin. It can be a little greasy, so it is best used as an overnight treatment.
What you need to do is apply a small amount on your face and leave it. It’s best if you use it overnight.
5. FACE PACKS
🍁Watermelon Face Pack
Watermelon has high water content and is also rich in a variety of skin-friendly vitamins. This face pack will leave your skin moisturized and hydrated. The lycopene in watermelon helped reduce skin roughness and dryness in porcine studies.
You need 1-2 tablespoons of watermelon juice and add 1 teaspoon of honey to it. Apply it for 10 mins and then rinse it off.
🍁 pineapple face pack
Bromelain is an enzyme that is naturally found in pineapples. It can help remove the dead and dry layer of skin cells and bring soft and supple skin to the surface. Pineapple juice can also help to get rid of impurities and dirt from the skin’s surface.
For this you need 1-2 tablespoon of pineapple juice and mix it with 1 teaspoon of honey and a few drops of oil(one of your choice). Leave it for 20 mins and then rinse it off.
🍁 Strawberry face pack
Strawberry contains polyphenols and vitamins that help protect your skin from UV damage and lipid peroxidation (degradation of skin’s natural fats).
For this you need 1 teaspoon of strawberry juice, 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil and ½ teaspoon of fresh cream. Apply the mixture for 10-15 mins.
🍁banana face pack
Banana contains potassium, vitamins B6, C, and niacin, zinc, and amino acids that can provide overall skin benefits. It can help soothe and moisturize dry skin.
For this pack you need ½ peeled banana and 1tablespoon of coconut oil. Now make a paste of them together and apply it on your face. Leave it for 20 mins and then rinse it of..
🍁 Avocado face mask
Avocado is rich in nutrient waxes, proteins, minerals, and vitamins A, D, and E. It can help provide nourishment to dry and chapped skin. Avocado oil was found to increase collagen synthesis and protect the skin from UV radiation in mice studies.
For this you need ½ avocado and ¼ cup honey. After making a fine paste apply it on your face. Leave it on for 15 mins and then rinse it off.
🍁Milk Powder Face Pack
Milk consumption can improve dry skin conditions. Hence, the phospholipids in milk powder may moisturize dry skin on topical application.
For this you need 2 teaspoons of milk powder, 1 teaspoon honey, a pinch of turmeric powder and water. After making a fine paste apply it on your face and leave it until it dries. Then rinse it off..
🍁Multani mitti (Fullers earth)
Fullers earth soothes the skin and exfoliates the dead skin cells. Using it in combination with the right ingredients can help to get rid of dry skin in just a few applications.
For this you need 2 tablespoons multani mitti, 1 tablespoon cucumber juice, 1 teaspoon honey. Apply the mixture for 15 mins and then rinse it off with water .
🍁Rice Flour Mask
Rice flour contains starch that was shown to improve skin barrier function in people with atopic dermatitis. Hence, it may also soothe dry skin and improve its hydration levels.
For this you need 1 tablespoon rice flour, 1 teaspoon cucumber juice, ½ teaspoon honey. Make a fine paste and apply it for 10-15 mins and then rinse it off..
🎃ANTIOXIDANTS AND OMEGA-3S
Dry skin is the result of exposing your skin to harmful elements that damage your skin faster than your body can repair them. Antioxidant-rich foods can minimize this damage and help your body make new cells. Some foods that are good for your skin include:
🎃 COCONUT OIL
Another homemade remedy to get rid of dry skin is to apply coconut oil on your skin before you sleep. Coconut oil becomes solid under room temperature, so this will make it the perfect moisturising cream to use.
🎃 CINNAMON POWDER AND HONEY
Cinnamon powder and honey make it a good mix to be added onto your face. Once this is done, you need to wash it off after 15 minutes. This home remedy will help treat dry skin.
🎃 Important Tips for Skin Care During Winter
🍁Remember to have a hot shower for not more than 10 minutes.
🍁Do not avoid the fact that you have dry skin as this can lead to ichthyosis
🍁Wash your face with cold water
🍁Do not use soaps that could make your skin dry
🍁Apply moisturizing cream
🍁Apply coconut oil on your skin before you go to bed
🍁Drink a lot of water
🍁Play outdoor games. This will make you sweat and the sweat will keep your skin nourished.
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Concluding it, I would like to say, not only winter but every season brings changes to your skin. It should be of your utmost importance that you take care of your skin and provide it the nourishment it requires according to the requirements. The above remedies are a few of the many out there. So, as I always say, your skin should be the most important thing for you. Hence, it’s no harm if you take time out to learn about it more and to learn about the ways with which you can protect them. Happy winters.