The harsh winter days are about to start, and you know what that means! – DRY SKIN. So, yes, you need to up your dry skincare routine game.
No, it’s not that difficult and no it won’t cost you much!
I will tell you the best ways you can keep your skin soft and hydrated this winter. If you already have a working winter skincare routine then it’s great, but if you need some improvement, then please give this a read!
But before I move on to the steps, let me share with you some more details on dry skin.
Before you start with the treatment for dry skin learn what is actually causing dry skin. It will be different for different people.
So, here are some of them!
- Obviously, the cold weather with the dry wind.
- Dry indoor heat.
- Washing face or body with hot water.
- Excessive washing of the skin.
- Skin conditions.
- Sitting under the sun for too long
- Using harsh products even soaps.
These are some of the common problems.
However, Diabetes, unbalanced skin PH levels, smoking, and more can also be one of the reasons. In these cases, you should check up with a dermatologist.
Don’t take any risks if you have a skin condition.
Okay, now that is done, let’s get on with the 5 steps!
1. Drink a lot of water
Winter is that one season when we don’t feel thirsty often. And if we are busy with some other work, we completely forget about drinking water.
So, ensure that you are drinking enough water!
If you are caffeine or workout lover, you must drink much more water.
Drinking water all the time may not be your thing! So, in such case simply switch to fruit drinks (organic ones), eat water-rich fruits and veggies.
For example cucumber with some salt and pepper! Tasty and good for your skin. Try to eat more salads during winter.
Read More: 5 Fruits You Need For A Healthy Skin
2. Eat more essential fats
Essential fatty acids or EFA help in keeping your skin hydrated and younger-looking. If you are a natural dry skincare routine follower then you should ensure that your body is getting enough of these EFAs, especially during the winters.
EFAs like the omega-3s and omega-6s are the key elements in skincare for dry skin. They help in building healthy cell membranes and produce the natural oil barrier for your skin. So, if you are not getting these substances in enough quantity then your skin will become inflamed, dry, and will be prone to blackheads.
Also, researches have shown that these substances reduce any kind of inflammation due to acne. Omega-3s especially is good for people with heart problems and depression! On top of that, it will boost your immunity which is important during winters.
You will get your daily dose of fatty acids from seafood like mackerel, salmon, and more, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, soybeans, and more.
3. Use heavy moisturizer at night
Nights become cooler during winter which makes us use the room heater more. So, our skin is getting way too much dry air which is sucking all the moisture from it.
So, you need some special winter dry skincare moisturizer for the nights. Not the ones you use during the other months, you need heavier ones.
Try to search for ingredients such as camdamia oil, dilo oil, sikeci oil, and more. These are good for the skin during the winter. It provides enough moisturizing and healing for the skin.
There are several products in the market that contain these oils. But ensure that they do not contain any harsh chemicals.
The completely safe ones may come at a bit costly price but since it’s good for the skin you may go for it. And don’t forget to apply it on a daily basis or it may be a problem!
4. Go for a gentler scrub
Your skin is already having a hard time during the winter days. So, go for light exfoliation. I understand that exfoliation feels good, but your skin will love your gentleness during the dry cold months.
It will help in absorbing all the cold creams and special winter dry skincare serums you are using.
If your skin is unable to handle exfoliation during the winter months, just use a wet washcloth. You can use natural scrub for dry skin in winter.
Here are some of them:
- Coconut oil + Lemon Juice + Baking soda
- Oats + Lemon Juice + Honey
- Sugar + Lemon Juice + Coconut oil
These are good for people who don’t like to use harsh chemical scrubs for dry skincare treatment.
Read More: Short Guide: Ayurveda Skincare Routine
5. Use Face serums to give your skin the extra care
Is your dry skin problem just too much to handle? Then you can add dry skincare treatment face serums in your dry skincare routine.
There are many ready-made products in the market. But before you make your purchase, ensure that the product doesn’t have any harsh chemicals that may make things worse. Be very careful if you have sensitive dry skin issues.
If you wish to go for natural face serums for your dry skincare routine, then try using Avocado oil and sweet almond oil. These are richer oils, so use it only when your skin has an excessive dryness problem. These oils will help in soothing any inflammation and cause more collagen production.
You may find many products, even packages with your complete winter dry skincare routine products. However, if you are on a tight budget, you may go for these steps.
And repeating again, if you are already following a winter dry skincare routine, which is working for you, don’t change. Stick to it religiously! If you feel that your skin is not getting enough it needs, then try out other products and methods.