Are you the kind of person whose skin is fine all through the year, and then come winter, your skin becomes super-dry and sensitive, and starts flaking? Have you got a sudden attack of dandruff come winter? Have you started to look around frantically for the latest face product to help you, but you are finding nothing that will help you? Well, here I am, Miss Super-Oily Sensitive skin herself, and I am going to give you a little help book to make sure you stay soft, hydrated, and pretty through winter.
One: CHANGE YOUR FACE WASH
While summer might have been really great for all those oil-free gel face washes, and those super-fun face washes with a lot of stuff that pulled all the oil from your skin, its turning towards winter now, so please, go change that face wash of yours. I would suggest getting something which has a foam or cream base. One great product is the Cetaphil cleanser (yes, I know, it’s a known fact to many, but still, I will drill it in you). I can also make a list of some of the best cleansers in the market that are available quite easily.
Clean and Clear Fairness Face Wash
Himalaya Hydrating Face Wash Cream
Aroma Magic Lavender Face Wash
Two: EXFOLIATION IS YOURPERSONAL GOD
Winter = Dead Dry Skin.
Now, to remove that dead dry skin, you need to scrub, at least once every week, preferably twice or three times even. Please use a scrub which does not have big particles, but rather contains micro-granules which you can easily remove with a good scrub or exfoliating gel. I would suggest a few here. Feel free to add more.
Vichy Normaderm Tri-Active Cleanser (you can scrub or pack it. I do both, simultaneously.)
VLCC Skin Defence Indian Berberry Face scrub
Garnier Skin Naturals Light Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Apricot Scrub
Three: Know Your Vulnerable Parts
There are a few vulnerable parts in your body which are prone to get drier than the rest. These are as follows – your nose, chin, lips, elbows, knees, heel and fingers. To make sure your skin stays protected, please moisturize regularly, at least once every day, especially the sensitive areas. Besides, carry a small tub of cream with you to replenish when needed. I have made the habit of carrying a small tub of Nivea with me now wherever I go, and a chapstick. Some of the products that can work –
Avon Footworks Heel Cream
Vaseline petroleum jelly
Boroline (tried and tested) cream
Johnson’s Baby Cream
Four: It’s Not just Skin
It’s also your hair. Remember the dandruff? They come back when your scalp is dry. So, make sure your hair stays hydrated through the winter season. Do not be lazy. Oil massage at least once every week, and shampoo regularly. If normally your hair does not need a conditioner afterwards, remember, this is winter, so your hair might need more food. Ideally, you should give your hair a wash every two days or whatever is your regime, and use a hydrating mask once every week. Also, during winter, it is a good idea to cut your hair short, as longer hair will mean it will take more time to dry (and make you more vulnerable to a cold), and they are also really difficult to bundle under a cap or a hat. Condition, and clean, to make sure the dandruff and itchy scalp stays away.
Five: Eat Your Beauty
A lot of people have complained to me time and again that in winter they tend to get fat, their skin looks bad, etc. Among many reason, one is the fact that you are not eating right. PLEASE eat right. Eat fruits, and all fresh winter-season vegetables (spinach, cauliflower, carrots, oranges, grapes, whatever you like, in short). And try avoiding the numerous cakes and alcohol which is so typical of the winter season. A little goes a long way. Also, this is the season when you tend to get lazy and drink only a liter of water or so. Please do not do that to yourself. Eat, drink, and make sure you drink your quota of about 3 liters of water a day. Not drinking water induces water retention.
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