Winter can be tough on your skin! Are you struggling with dry and irritated skin in this cold, windy festive weather? Well, during winter you may notice your skin becoming drier and duller, hence what do you need to do to give your skin the hydration it needs? Folks give your skinthe TLC it deserves in winter. From applying the apt moisturiser to slathering on kitchen ingredient, expert tips that will see you through!
Here are some skincare essentials you need to know and the quick fixes your dry, cracked, chapped skin will thank you for this holiday season!
Here are some great skincare tips for winter from beauty expert- Shahnaz Hussain to have you glowing in time for Christmas.
Shahnaz says, ‘ Come winter, you need to adjust your daily routine to provide moisture and nourishment to the skin and also prevent moisture depletion. If your skin is normal to dry, discontinue soap and water washing and cleanse the face twice a day with a cleansing cream or gel, containing aloe vera, in order to check moisture loss and also rehydrate the skin. Apply the cleanser, with a light massage and wipe it off with moist cotton wool. For oily skin, use cleansing milk or face wash. Tone the skin, with rose water or a rose-based skin tonic.
Protect the skin from moisture loss during the day. Apply a sunscreen, before going out in the sun. Most sunscreens have built-in moisturizers. Moisturizers are available in cream and liquid form. For extreme dryness, use a cream. A liquid moisturizer should also be used under make-up. Keep the skin well moisturised.
Nourishment is imperative for dry skin, as it not only lubricates the skin, but helps it to hold moisture better. It also softens the skin. After cleansing at night, apply nourishing cream on face and massage it with upward and outward movements, for 3 to 4 minutes. Wipe off excess cream with moist cotton wool before bedtime.
The skin around the eyes is thin and delicate. It acquires lines and wrinkles easily. Apply an under-eye cream wipe it off after 15 minutes, with moist cotton wool. Or, daily apply pure almond oil sparingly and massage lightly, using only the ring finger, for one minute under each eye. Massage in one direction only.
The skin on the lips is also thin and lacks oil producing glands. It becomes dry and chaps easily. After cleansing, apply almond oil or almond cream on the lips daily and leave it on all night. Sun-protective lip balms are also useful.
For skin on the body, arms and legs, apply warm sesame seed oil before bath, massaging it into the skin. Use mild glycerine soap. Immediately after your bath, apply a body lotion while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture.’
DIY Home Remedies from Shahnaz Hussain:
Honey: Mix honey with one teaspoon orange juice and apply on the face, to make it soft and smooth. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Honey suits all skin types. For oily and acne-prone skin, mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon curd and a little turmeric. Wash it off with plenty of water after 20 minutes.
Mix half a teaspoon honey, one teaspoon rose water and one teaspoon dried milk powder. Mix into a paste and apply on the face. Remove after 20 minutes with water. Applying mayonnaise or egg yolk on the skin also helps to relieve dryness.
Moisturiser for Oily and Combination Skin: To 100 ml rose water, add one teaspoon pure glycerin. Mix and shake well, keeping in a glass bottle in the fridge. Apply on face to moisturise. This lotion can also be used on hands and feet.
Cabbage & Carrot: Cabbage is rich in vitamins and minerals. Boil cabbage in enough water. Cool the liquid and use it to wash the face. Cabbage is rich in minerals and is good for all skin types. Then grate carrots and apply on the face for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off with plain water. Carrot is rich in Vitamin A and good for winter skin problems.
Mashed banana, applied like a mask, is excellent for dry skin during winter.
Take pure olive oil. Mix a little cream of milk and apply on the face. Wash it off with plenty of water after 15 minutes. Good for normal to dry skin.
Get glowing girls!