Hey beautiful, rise and shine! We know it’s chilly outside but you got things to do and you got a pretty face to care for. And while we understand that it’s not easy to care for your skin in winter, it must be done.

As much as we love winter and the coziness, it dulls down our skin making it look dry and lifeless. Relatable, right? Cold weather drops down the humidity level that results into dry air which leads to lack of moisture in your skin. Apart from that, the daily skincare products that we use like harsh cleanser and oil absorbing creams sucks the moisture from the skin making it dry and flaky. Even taking hot showers goes against your skin’s natural pH level. What can you do to prevent that? Well, there’s plenty of things that you can make right to protect your skin from the winter curse and trust us it’s not that a task!

Read on to know the skin care routine you can follow to keep your skin soft and supple this winter...

Cleansing
 

Cleansing

Never, ever wash your face in a hot shower or with cold tap water, the best practice according to dermatologists is to wash your face with lukewarm water.  Lukewarm water leads to the stripping of your skin’s natural oils which act as a barrier against extreme dryness. So, let our skin do the least it naturally can.

How to choose your cleanser?

Cleansing being the first step of your skin care routine, it’s important for you to choose a cleanser that’s gentle on your skin and does the work without disturbing your skin’s natural pH balance. A cleanser helps to wash off the dirt, grime, and impurities that settle on your skin. Choose a cleanser that has moisturizing properties and ingredients instead of ingredients like glycolic acid. Now there’s a lil trick of time here, once you’re done cleansing your skin don’t leave skin naked for more than 60 seconds, make sure to seal in that moisture with a toner or a moisturizer, or both if you’re into CTM skin care routine.

Moisturising
 

Moisturising

We don’t need to say how important moisturizing is, all the skin care routine bible and the skincare trends are all about moisturizing and hydrating your skin. Balancing your skin’s moisture is the key to youthful, young and supple skin. Isn’t that our goal? Moisturizing also helps to delay the signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and imperfections caused due to free radicals.

How to choose your moisturiser?

There are endless options when it comes to choosing a moisturiser, but not all are suitable for your skin’s concern. Your skin demands moisture yes, but also needs something more! You need a moisturiser that meets your skin’s individual needs and is chemical free.  A moisturiser that suits your skin’s individual needs balances your skin’s moisture content causing blockage of pores and breakouts of acne. It's always advised to choose a moisturizer that’s water based and not oil based. You can also choose one that’s made with natural ingredients like extracts of lavender, jojoba, rosehip, aloe, etc.

Protecting from sun
 

Protecting from sun

Yes, you can’t miss your sunscreen even if it’s not summer. Sunscreen is an important part of skin care routine, it blocks out the unwanted radicals and UV rays from damaging your skin. Sunscreen also acts as a layer over your moisturizer helping it to stay on your skin for a longer duration without getting disturbed by atmospheric factors. The best way to choose a sunscreen is to check it’s zinc oxide content in the ingredient. So, next time when you head out to buy a sunscreen do check the ingredient list or just use that browser on your phone for good!

Exfoliation
 

Exfoliation

Your skin care routine is not complete without a good exfoliation to get rid of all those dead cells, dirt and impurities from your pretty face. Exfoliation gives your skin a chance to breath fresh, making it look fresh and brighter. For the winters, choose a gentle exfoliating scrub, the one with minute particles or granules, remember we don’t want to disturb our skin’s texture. Gently rub it on your skin in a circular motion for 7 to 10 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also choose a full body scrub to exfoliate your body, trust us it adds up to a luxurious bathing experience.

Using overnight moisturisers
 

Using overnight moisturisers

Your skin goes back to the repairing mode every night when you go to bed, all we can do is help our skin to do the most. Using a night cream with moisturizing properties helps your skin to suck in the moisture content into the deep layers of your skin. It strengthens the skin’s natural barrier and prevents signs of dryness and dullness. You can use a face oil, night serum, night creme, anything that suits your skin’s concern along with moisturizing it from deep within.

Using face masks
 

Using face masks

Now when all’s done for your skin on daily basis you can do one more thing on weekends when you’re chilling at home while watching Netflix. Masking, Yes! Face masks are super relaxing and the ultimate level of self pampering for your skin. The skin care routine industry is full of face masks available in a lot of forms and varieties. It’s best to choose one that’s made with natural ingredients like Aloe, Goji Berry, Strawberry, Jojoba, Shea, etc. Our best bet is the super relaxing mask sheets, just put it on your face and let it take care of your skin woes. You can also try making your own DIY face mask using the moisturizing ingredients we all keep in our kitchen. If you have nothing else, a slice of Aloe leaf can also do wonders.

Other things you can to do to make your skin care routine stronger than ever:

Humidify
 

Humidify

A dry season like winter is absolutely not good for your skin and we understand that you can’t keep on moisturizing your skin all the time. There’s a hack to it, but it only works indoors when you’re in your house or in your office. Get a good little humidifier that keeps the air moist, it’s not just for your skin but for your hair as well. It prevents your skin from drying while balancing the moisture content in your room.

Hydrate
 

Hydrate

This is far from being a piece of new information to you, your grandma will probably advise the same to you - DRINK PLENTY OF WATER! Drinking enough water can actually solve a lot of skin and health concerns. The more moisture your body holds, the merrier it’s for your health. It’s quite a simple mantra, hydration over anything else!

Healthy eating habits
 

Healthy eating habits

You are what you eat and this is not just a foodie’s Instagram caption. Your skin care routine will all fall apart if you keep on eating unhealthy and junk food, it all just accumulates and shows up on your skin and obviously your health. Add fresh and organic food to your diet, they are all high in water content and helps to balance your body’s water level. You can have fresh fruit and vegetables like tomatoes, watermelon, cucumber, etc. You can also have food that contains biotin, omega-3, and vitamin C, it’s all gonna make your skin glow naturally.