Spirits are high and you can already feel the excitement in the air. It’s the merriest time of the year and nothing can kill your happy vibe. Except for… the cold and harsh winds. With a new season comes new skin woes, and winter dryness can take a serious toll on the health of your skin. But, with all the celebrations that are to follow, you just cannot let your skin game go down.
Before you get trapped by winter skin problems, here’s everything you need to know to treat them right. From dryness, itchiness and flakiness to sunburns, there’s a solution for every skin woe you experience during the colder months.
- Problem #1: Dryness
- Problem #2: Chapped, cracked lips
- Problem #3: Itchy skin
- Problem #4: Sun damage
- Problem #5: Flaking
Problem #1: Dryness
The cold, dry winds in the winter season can wreak havoc on your skin. Since there’s a drop in humidity, your skin tends to lose moisture rapidly. This can leave your skin feeling dry, tight and flaky.
Solution: In winters, you need to stay nourished from the inside out. While it’s important to switch from lightweight moisturisers to a richer body lotion such as the Pond’s Rose Body Lotion to keep your dry skin hydrated all through the day, we suggest you also increase your intake of foods that have the power to replenish your skin moisture. Include almonds, green tea, carrots, dark chocolate and spinach in your winter diet for healthy, glowing skin.
Problem #2: Chapped, cracked lips
Dry, chapped and cracked lips are synonymous to the winter season. The skin on your lips don’t contain oil glands and therefore cannot replenish its own moisture. Plus, constant use of matte lipsticks can add to the dryness in the winters.
Solution: Firstly, before applying lipstick, make sure you apply a layer of lip balm to protect your lips from drying out further. Secondly, inculcate the habit of exfoliating your lips at least twice or thrice a week. Take a damp toothbrush and go over with it on your lips gently to slough off dead skin. Then, follow it up with a generous coat of lip balm. You can use the Vaseline Lip Care - Rosy Lips which protects your lips from the harsh UVA and UVB rays and makes them soft and shiny.
Problem #3: Itchy skin
Winter itch is a common skin concern which is a result of the cold winds that strip your skin of natural oils. The problem worsens if you have naturally dry skin. The drop in temperature can leave you with itchy, irritated skin.
Solution: Hot showers can feel really good in the cold, winter months, no doubt. But, they are not the best for your skin. Hot water will only worsen the dryness. Instead, use lukewarm water to shower. Also, avoid wool as it can irritate your skin and increase sensitivity. Stick to soft cotton and silk material to keep itchiness at bay.
Problem #4: Sun damage
Whether it is sunny, gloomy or snowy outside, you need sunscreen regardless of the climatic conditions. UVA rays are present even in the winters and can penetrate deeply into the skin, leading to skin damage and premature ageing. So, even when you cannot feel the sun on your skin, you’re still exposed to the harsh UV rays.
Solution: Slather enough sunscreen before you step out, just how you would do in summers. You can get your hands on the Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 50 which works for every skin type. Also, try using products with built-in SPF so that apart from protecting your skin from sunburns and suntan, you can also prevent early signs of ageing.
Problem #5: Flaking
It’s not just dryness that needs attention in the winter months. Apart from dryness, flaky skin is another winter skin woe that needs to be treated with care. Also, flaky skin can really tamper with your makeup and make your foundation look cakey a few minutes into the application.
Solution: Get rid of the damaged top layer of the skin by exfoliating gently with the St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub. Avoid using soap bars that contain high pH levels as it can cause inflammation and worsen the dryness. And, instead of rubbing the towel against your skin, just pat your skin dry.