Winter skin woes are REAL! The one common problem we all face at some point or the other is… yes, you guessed it right! Dryness. Whether you have naturally dry skin or not, the cold winds in the winter sap moisture out of your skin, making it lacklustre and dehydrated. But, do you know what can save your skin from excess moisture loss?

Apart from tweaking your skincare routine to suit the cold weather conditions, you also need to keep a safe distance from certain products and harsh ingredients in this season. Here are 5 products you should NOT use in winters.

 

Soaps

Soaps

The air in winter is cold and dry, which makes your skin lose moisture rapidly. Using a soap bar to cleanse your face in this season can do more harm than good to your skin. Soap bars tend to tamper with your skin’s pH levels and strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and dehydrated. Therefore, it’s ideal to use soap-free cleansers in the winters. The Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash can be an ideal choice. It is enriched with multivitamins, is free of soap and leaves your skin nourished and hydrated.

 

Powder foundation

Powder foundation

Powder foundation is godsent, it helps lock your makeup in place for hours. Hence, you don’t need any reason to stop using it… except for the cruel winters. The powder absorbs excess oil on the skin, but with winter already tampering with your skin’s natural oils, it is only going to leave your skin looking drier and feel tighter and cakey. Therefore, ditch powder foundations in the winter season and instead, opt for a cream formula.

 

Retinoids

Retinoids

Retinoid-infused creams are a miracle elixir for ageing skin. They not only provide anti-ageing benefits to your skin but also work to treat acne and acne scars. But the bad news is that retinoid can irritate your skin, especially during the winter months. However, you can limit the use of retinoid by using it on alternate nights and ensure that you moisturise your skin before using a retinoid-infused cream.

 

Alcohol-based toners

Alcohol-based toners

There is a reason why toners are such an important part of your skincare routine. After cleansing and before moisturising, it is ideal to apply toner on your face as it helps maintain the skin’s pH balance as well as helps you get rid of excess dirt, leaving your skin squeaky clean. However, avoid using alcohol-based toners as it can rob your skin of moisture. We suggest you get your hands on the Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner which is alcohol-free and promises to tighten pores and remove excess oil.

 

Harsh scrubs

Harsh scrubs

The biggest mistake most people make with skincare in winter is that they ditch exfoliation altogether. In fact, what you need to do is limit exfoliation to once or twice a week. But, exfoliating your skin is must all throughout the year. Scrubbing buffs away dead skin cells and reveals radiant-looking skin. It also makes your skincare products work more effectively. However, avoid over-exfoliating and using harsh scrubs in the winter months as that can cause irritation and itchiness.