When it comes to seasonal skin issues, winter dryness is a special kind of hell. It shows up as patchy skin on the face, irritated and itchy skin on the body and the worst case of cracked feet you can ever imagine. And while you can follow a good skincare regime and keep your skin healthy during the harsh weather, there are some pesky spots, which can reveal that your skin is suffering from excessive dryness. But instead of rushing into buying pricey lotions and potions, we have some affordable ways to deal with stubborn winter dryness...

 

01. Always keep some petroleum jelly handy

01. Always keep some petroleum jelly handy

A jar of petroleum jelly can fix an array of dry skin issues. From ashy knees to rough elbows, keep this emollient handy for emergencies. Certain patches of skin, like the knuckles and ankles, can suffer from dryness even after moisturising. A layer of petroleum jelly is all you need to instantly nourish patchy, dry skin and keep it from flaking.

BB picks: Vaseline Original Pure Skin Jelly

 

02. Cleanse with care

02. Cleanse with care

One of the mistakes you often make during winter is stripping your already dehydrated skin of essential moisture while cleansing. This is especially true for body care where harsh soaps can give you dry, itchy skin all over. Even if you slather hydrating lotions after a bath, focus on nourishing your skin even in the shower. How? By using soft, oil-based, foamy body washes that work wonders to keep your skin soft and supple.

BB picks: Dove Shower Mousse with Argan Oil

 

03. Include thick creams in your routine

03. Include thick creams in your routine

Apart from delivering nourishing ingredients to your skin, thick creams help protect your skin’s lipid barrier from external damage. Thick creams also need more than a couple of minutes of massaging, promoting blood flow and rejuvenating dull, tired skin with the extra TLC.

BB picks: Pond’s Moisturising Cold Cream

 

04. Lip care is essential

04. Lip care is essential

You might have lovely skin after applying all the layers of your serums and creams, but chapped lips peeking through can ruin all of that. Smack on a good lip balm whenever your lips are feeling even a little bit dry, and try not to lick your lips so much. An SPF infused formula will add an extra layer of protection because sun damage is pretty evident during winter!

BB picks: Lakme Lip Love Chapstick

 

05. Focus on hydration

05. Focus on hydration

The best way to ensure your skin is not suffering from the adverse effects of harsh, cold weather is to keep your skin’s hydration levels up. Especially when your skin is spending hours and hours under layers of woollen staples. Use a hydrating lotion as soon as you are out of the shower on still-slightly-damp skin to lock in moisture and keep your skin supple for long hours.

BB picks: Love Beauty & Planet With Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower Aroma Luscious Hydration Body Lotion