Have you been noticing your day getting shorter and nights longer? Have you started tucking yourself in bed every night with a glass of warm milk and sighing as you fall into slumber? If yes, we are here to tell you that it’s not love, it’s just winter rearing its head to say hello! Yes, winter is almost here and we have one pressing question in mind for you… is your skin ready for it?

The winter season comes with its own set of unique challenges. The cold, harsh temperatures and low humidity levels can rob the skin of moisture and leave it dry and lacklustre. Hence, it’s time to start prepping your skin for the winters right now, so that the transition is smooth and your skin is fully prepared to take on the unforgiving season of cold, head on…

 

Start cleansing even more gently

Start cleansing even more gently

To counter winter dryness, switch to gentle, soap-free cleansers. Since there is very less humidity in the environment, use a cleanser that doesn't strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry. Also, stop using products formulated with ingredients like glycolic acid or salicylic acid, in the beginning, to let your skin acclimatise to the cold. A creamy, nourishing cleanser won’t strip your face of any hydration.

BB picks: Lakme Blush & Glow Strawberry Creme Face Wash

 

Give toning/scrubbing a rest

Give toning/scrubbing a rest

Your skin already craves hydration during winter, make sure you are not overly drying it. That means, skip your toners and astringents, and drop your exfoliating face washes or soap bars.

 

Add nourishing ingredients to your routine

Add nourishing ingredients to your routine

The key to healthy winter skin is proper moisturisation. To make up for the fact that your skin is constantly losing hydration, use potent ingredients to give it the nourishment it needs. You need to add a ceramide-based moisturiser if your skin is too dry. For even deeper hydration, hyaluronic acid is also a good ingredient to rely on. Look for nourishing ingredients to lock in the moisture in your skin.

BB picks: Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance Moisturiser

 

Slather on sunscreen

Slather on sunscreen

Did you know that your skin is more prone to sun allergy or tanning during the winter seasons? This is because the sun is not as visible during winters and can fool you into skipping the sunscreen. The reality is that clouds can only block UVB rays, while the more harmful UVA rays can cause major damage. Use an SPF of at least 15 and reapply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours throughout the day.

BB picks: Pond’s Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 50

 

Don’t ignore your body

Don’t ignore your body

It wouldn’t feel like winters if you don’t sit by the heater and slather your entire body with a moisturising cream! Your body suffers equally as your face during winters so make sure you’re moisturising it daily!

BB picks: Dove Deep Moisturisation Cream