The winters can be a great time for outdoor sports or for sipping on a nice hot beverage, although they aren’t as much fun for your skin.

The winters are almost upon us, and as soon as the temperature drops, so will our skin’s ability to fend off the effects of the frost. All the natural oils of the epidermis begin to dry up on account of the harsh winter winds, making the skin dry and vulnerable. And that definitely is bad news.

The arrival of the winters means that it is time to change your skincare routine. There are certain dos and don’ts while taking care of your skin though. Immense efforts need to be put in to ensure that your skin remains moisturised and healthy during the winters.

Therefore, it is best to start prepping your skin from now itself, for the approaching winters.

Treat your skin with all the care and love it deserves. For a start, you could try incorporating some of these tips and tricks into your skincare routine:
Make the switch:

Make the switch:

While long hot showers may seem like an excellent way to de-stress in the winters, you might want to consider switching the way you take showers. As relaxing as hot showers are, they can rob your skin of essential oils, leaving it dry and exposed.

An excellent solution to such a predicament would be to opt for shorter, lukewarm showers. After the shower, remember to lather up your body with a moisturiser while your skin is still damp, thereby helping to seal in the moisture. This creates a protective layer, and helps retain water in the outer most layer of the skin, preventing it from drying up.

Say no to heating systems:

Say no to heating systems:

Replace heating systems with humidifiers, since heating systems suck moisturize out from your skin, leaving it dry. Humidifiers, on the other hand, infuse the air with moisturise and are therefore, an excellent solution for dry skin during the winters.

Chug more water:

Chug more water:

While we shy away from drinking water during the winters, staying hydrated in such weather is, in fact, of the utmost importance. Lack of hydration leads to dehydrated skin. Try following the 8x8 rule, drinking 8 glasses of 8oz water every day during the winters.

Don’t forget to exfoliate:

Don’t forget to exfoliate:

Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin. In the winters, our skin tends to get parched and dry. Therefore, it is even more important to get rid of those dead skin cells.

Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips as well, as they are bound to get chapped during the winters. Follow this process up by moisturizing your skin and lips.
 

Treat your skin to a homemade mask:

Treat your skin to a homemade mask:

Homemade masks are amazing; they are effective and convenient. And such skincare does not burn a hole in your pocket either.

Going the organic way is healthy and non-toxic!

Try the following DIY mask:

Add about 2-3 tablespoons of dried oats to the blender. Next, add about 1 tablespoon of milk and honey to the oats. Blend it all together into a smooth paste.

Apply this paste onto your body and let it sit on for about 20-25 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water afterwards.

This is an excellent way to treat yourself and to relax, while nourishing your skin at the same time

Why sunscreen?

Why sunscreen?

While the winters don’t really have the sun scorching hot over your heads, the UV rays can still cause considerable damage. Therefore, never forget to apply sunscreen before heading out. Make sure to pick the correct sunscreen, one that has ample amount of SPF.