Winter’s here! Here’s how you can help your skin cope with the dropping temperatures
We can have the most fabulous skin but if we do not move along with the seasons for skincare, we can unknowingly damage it or lose the shine!
So here are some key routines and remedies to do that:
- Using the right oils: Oils are more concentrated and therefore better for hydration in dry weather. A good quality facial oil, like argan oil (one of my favourites!) or even organic shea butter will not only feed your skin with deep down moisture, it will also infuse it with nutrients. This fights free radicals, reduces inflammation, repairs dry skin and improves your skin’s lipid barrier, which in turn prevents moisture loss through the pores. Apply your oil to slightly damp skin for better absorption and pat, don’t rub, the oil into your skin.
- Weekly exfoliation: Using a very gentle exfoliator can remove dead the skin layer that blocks absorption of moisturizer. I love my dead sea mineral mud mask but if that is not easily accessible, then one can choose another natural exfoliator!
- Avoid over-cleansing the skin: Many people make the mistake of over-cleansing their skin or rinsing with hot water during the cold winter months. This is one of the key reasons for dehydrated skin! No matter how much oil you then apply, these unhealthy skin habits actually impair the lipid barrier and your skin may need time to recover. A damaged lipid barrier can result in dry, inflamed skin that may even break out as your skin over produces sebum to make up for the lack of oil.
Always rinse with lukewarm water and use a gentle oil-based cleanser – only as much as you need ☺
- Add some humidity: Especially if you living in one of the colder places, this is a big issue so even adding a humidifier in the room can help with this. In the humidifier, you can add a little bit of lavender oil that brings a calming effect as cold days can make us super dull!
- Using food as a skin care solution: We buy expensive stuff from the market, not knowing that we adding a lot of unnecessary chemicals to our face that create long term damage! Some of the best remedies are in the kitchen!
Coconut Oil: It strengthens the underlying epidermal tissue, removes dead skin cells, protects us from sunburns and contains antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Research even shows that coconut oil is strong enough to fight chronic skin diseases! Use coconut oil on both your skin and hair to help cleanse, moisturize and even remove makeup!
Apple Cider Vinegar: Yes! This might come as a surprise but ACV helps to kill pathogens (like bacteria), clears skin problems caused by gut issues, cleanses the skin and helps to stop acne, plus provides antifungal properties. The use of ACV for skin problems dates all the way back and considered “the father of modern medicine.
It also contains highly beneficial acetic acid and certain vitamins like potassium and magnesium that make it a detoxifying agent when consumed internally, since it boosts liver function and helps balance bacteria in the gut.
Some homemade packs are best for hydration: You can take malai and honey (1 tabelspoon malai with one tablespoon of honey) and blend it well, apply on skin for 15 and wash it off! Another one is banana and milk (mash up one whole banana and one tablespoon of milk) that can be a great mask for just 20 minutes! Aloe Vera is a no brainer that gives a natural glow – I don’t even rinse it off before going out and just apply a light moisturizer on top of it.
I am a strong believer that simple routines are the best routines and they all come from holistic solutions. So this winter flaunt your glowing skin with all these super easy routines and remedies!