Winter can be the harshest time for your skin. The dry and cold wind tends to rob the moisture from your skin, making it dry and dehydrated. Chapped lips and flaky and cracked skin are skin problems that we are forced to tackle during the winter.
To reveal the softer and newer skin concealed behind the layer of dead cells, regular exfoliation should be part of your winter skin care routine. During winter, care should be taken to exfoliate not only your facial skin, but dead cells should be removed from your entire body. Soles of your feet that tend to crack during this season require most attention during this time.
Before having your shower, with an exfoliating brush, you can have a dry body brushing. Besides skin exfoliation, dry body brushing stimulates blood and lymph circulation and promotes cell growth, naturally improving the quality of your skin. Homemade face masks made with oatmeal, almond, yogurt, egg white or avocado could provide nourishment to the skin and make it softer.
The grainy texture of the face mask would help to shed the dead skin. Do not use clay based face masks during the winter. Avoid harsh masks and alcohol based astringents or toners during this season. They remove the oil from your skin, making it dryer.
To reduce the dryness of the skin, you must apply an oil-based moisturizer. Water-based moisturizer, though appropriate for summer skin care, could not hydrate the dry winter skin. While choosing your moisturizer, select a product that does not clog the skin. You can also moisturize your skin with almond oil, avocado oil or primrose oil. Besides replenishing the lost moisture of your skin, these natural oils form a protective layer on your skin, preventing further dehydration of the skin. To prevented cracked feet, apply petroleum jelly or glycerin on your feet after exfoliation.
Remember your sunscreen
Your skin must be protected from sunlight even during winter. During this time, sunlight along with snow glare can be harmful for your skin. Always apply a sun block of an SPF of at least 15 on your face and exposed parts of your body before going out in the sun.