Imagine sitting in a cafe with a cup of hot chocolate on a Sunday winter evening and conversing with one of your friends. During the deep conversation, you accidentally hit your face and are surprised to observe that your skin is as dry as the Sahara desert. Does this sound familiar? You’re not alone. Winter has an undeniable charm and festive vibes that come with its companion“dry skin”. Winter and dry skin are inseparable friends that always come as a package.
Well, this problem isn’t something that you have to live with. Grab a hot chocolate as you go on a ride to understand how to care for your skin this winter.
Why is my skin dry during winter?
My skin isn’t dry throughout the year, but why does it suddenly act differently during winter? It is the most common question raised by many.
The reason for dry skin is low humidity levels and lower moisture content in the cold air lead to dry skin for everyone. People with dry skin tend to feel more sensitive to cold wind. It increases skin rashes and itching sensation.
How do you know if you have dry skin?
Do you have flaky, rough textured skin that peels off, skin burns or itching sensation?
If your answer to any of the above is yes, it indicates that you have dry skin.
Skin acne can also lead to dry skin at times. Generally, the claim is that acne affects oily skin. However, there are instances where acne has an impact on dry skin as well. Keeping a cold-weather skincare regime in place can take a long way to keep skin issues in control.
What do I do to care for my skin in winter?
Here are the five winter skincare tips that help you to have a smooth and vibrant skin:
1) Avoid hot showers:
Winters call for a hot bath. It feels great to indulge in a hot shower. On the flip side, it is going to make your skin dry. Hot water damages the keratin cells and absorbs the natural oils from the skin. It leads to dry and irritated skin. If you are used to hot showers, you can start by reducing the temperature gradually and identify the impact it is creating on the skin. With time, you can avoid hot water as it will soak in the oil from the skin.
2) Vitamin D Supplements:
Summer gives enough dosage to Vitamin D. However, the required intake of Vitamin D is not available during winter to the body. Therefore, you may need supplements to ensure the body has enough Vitamin D.
But don’t forget to apply a skin screen lotion when you go out so that it protects the skin from harmful UV rays. Try Biotique’s Morning Nectar sun protect moisturiser that serves the purpose of moisture to the skin and sun protection against the UV rays. Two problems solved at a go!
3) Hydrate - Inside out:
Even if you are generally indoors, your skin will be dry because of the artificial lighting. Therefore, you need to hydrate the skin regularly indoors as well. The first line of defence against dry skin is hydration. Ensure to sip water regularly, even if the cold breeze makes you feel like having hot chocolate. In addition, having a good moisturiser can take a long way. It locks the moisture content of the skin, acts as a first layer of defence against the cold breeze thereby retaining the moisture.
The key is to ensure skin is moisturised at all times; maybe go for an alarm to remind you. Applying good skincare products at least 3 times a day is a must. The same can be adjusted based on the climate conditions and temperatures that you live in.
If you are looking for a good moisturiser, try Biotique’s Morning Nectar Nourish & Hydrate Moisturizer. Biotique moisturiser is enriched with morning Nectar, Honey and Ashwagandha that provide needed moisture radiating to flawless skin.
4) Use a gentle soap:
Are you someone who is conscious about using a moisturiser but tends to use the same soap that you use in winter? If yes, Well, you are losing in the game! The summer special soaps are aimed at providing the required cooling effect to the body. On the other hand, in winter, you need a soap that is gentle on the skin and gives nourishment thereby retaining the oils on the skin.
You can try the Bitoque’s Almond Oil Nourishing Bathing bar. Just like an ice cream on a sunny afternoon that never disappoints you, this almond oil bathing bar is not going to disappoint you this winter.
Exfoliate! This is an important skin care tip that pops into our minds only in summer. In winter, unfortunately, this never crops up. Interestingly, research states that it is equally important to exfoliate in winter as well with a gentle scrub to get rid of the dead skin. Exfoliate once a week to get the best results in winter.
You cannot get away this winter without trying India’s best seller, “Papaya Tan removal, brightening & Revitalising face scrub” in your skincare rituals.
Here are some more essential winter skincare essentials to go….
- Give an extra layering to the skin with a ubtan face mask once a week. They hydrate the skin and provide nourishment.
- Use body butter on extra dry areas of the skin such as feet, elbows, etc. They are enriched with essential oils that provide intense nourishment to the skin.
- Layer up! Not only your clothes but even your skin needs layers in winter. Use a serum to provide an extra dosage of moisture.
- Lip care! In the end, lips are also exposed to cold winds, leading to chapped lips. Use Biotique's Fruit whitening lip balm that gives needed hydration to the lips. Its blend of fruit extract and essential oils reduces pigmentation and evens out the lip tone.
- Invest in a humidifier. If you live in extremely harsh climatic conditions, it is important to get the required moisture artificially, and a humidifier can do the job aptly.
Are you planning a go on a trip this winter to a hill station?
Are you going on a hike this winter?
Are you going to laze around in the cosiest corner of your house?
Whatever your plans might be, do not forget to equip your skin with the right weapons. Moisturiser, water, sunscreen, gentle soaps, a cleanser and lip balm, are non-negotiables for this winter skincare.Go conquer your skin and then the world this winter with Biotique’s winter skincare products. Happy skincare!