It's difficult at times, especially during the winters, to keep your skin moisturized and glowing. There are multiple reasons for the same and the chilly air contributes most to that dehydrated, dry skin of yours.
The markets are flooded with hundreds of Moisturizer For Dry Skin which help to keep that itchy dry skin moisturized. Also, there are many other easy ways (some of which might still be unheard of) that work wonders for your glowing skin even in the harsh winters!
The first step is to pick the right moisturizer for dry and oily skin. In the long run it is beneficial to know your skin type before choosing a product.
Listing the 10 best ways to keep your skin hydrated and glowing. These are easy and efficient at the same time. Sounds interesting, right?
Moisturize when your skin is still moist
Yes! you heard it right! Moisturizers are the first thing that comes to our mind when we think about skincare during winter. But you can get the best out of that moisturizer by applying it when your skin is damp, i.e. right after washing your face, hands and feet, or right after a shower. The application of a moisturizing cream to moist, damp skin penetrates the skin even better, and help lock in the hydration for longer.
Drink a lot of water
During winters we turn to hot beverages such as coffee and tea, thus reducing our daily water intake. However, our skin requires hydration from the inside as well. Therefore a little lukewarm water at regular intervals can keep the skin hydrated and nourished for long.
Your skin needs more than a moisturizer
If your skin needs hydration deeper than that which can be provided by a regular moisturizer, turn to skin hydrating Skin serums with active hydrating molecules. It can be extremely effective in dry skin treatment. Don't forget to check out the full ingredients list for allergens and toxins.
Avoid alcohol based products
Many of the products that you use contain alcohol which leads to dry skin and irritation. Alcohol dehydrates the skin and disturbs its natural moisture balance. Instead, choose toners, moisturizers and hand sanitizers which are alcohol free and non-irritant so that the moisturization does not dry out soon after.
Grab the right food
The application of proper skincare alone cannot guarantee you smooth, hydrated and glowing skin during winters. You need to watch your diet for rich nutritious foods, to ensure your skin is nourished and glowing. Water based fruits can help to hydrate the skin whereas dry and salty foods can often lead to dehydrating the skin. Intake of good fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids through walnuts, borage oil, flax-seed oil and black currant oil is essential for smooth glowing skin.
Honey for the dry skin
Honey is a wonderful natural skin hydrator. It prevents many serious dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. You can apply it directly on dry skin patches. Leave it on for 20 minutes and gently rinse with water for a nourished smooth skin feel.
Avoid splashing (hot) water on skin
While water works beautifully internally, it may actually be a reason for dry skin externally. Too much water on skin can cause it to dry, as it evaporates skin's natural oils with it. The more frequent skin is washed, the drier it gets, especially if the water is excessively or hot heavily chlorinated. Also, avoid using too much soap and detergent on skin. Always follow up a shower with a body moisturizer to lock in the hydration.
Consume plenty of Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be made by the body, so we need to obtain them through diet. They play a major role in retaining the moisture in your skin. Walnuts, Chia Seeds, Cod Liver Oil and Flaxseeds are some dietary sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Check out the blog on essential oils required for your skin.
Avoid Processed sugar
When we think of moisturized skin, we think of plump, youthful glowing skin. Keeping the skin moisturized is just a part of the picture. Collagen and elastin are the main proteins responsible for younger looking skin. Consuming too much sugar causes glycation of proteins - and this causes anomaly in the protein structures. Avoiding processed sugar is one of the best things you can do for skin. Try satiating that sweet tooth with plenty of fresh juicy fruits. You must check out the list of vitamins for anti ageing skin.
Facial spray for a mid-day boost
In moments when you wish to replenish your skin’s moisture in the middle of the day but don’t want to disturb your makeup, grab a hydrating facial spray for a quick mid-day hydration. It’s super-refreshing and super-convenient. Again, do checkout the ingredients list.
Often makeup removers render our skin dry and dehydrated. Hence we should opt for makeup removers which perform a two pronged action whereby removing and moisturizing our skin at the same time.
You can now enjoy the chilly whether without worrying about your skin. Here's wishing you a glowing winter season!