Hope you all are stocking up on your post-fall beauty supplies and gearing up for the ruthless winters. Ruthless! Why use such a harsh word for the weather which brings back fond memories of hot cups of cocoa and endless snuggling in the fleece. Cz winter, though a harbinger of all this warmth and festivity, also comes with a temperature that more often than not leaves us with dry skin and flakiness all over. That pretty much kills all the romance with the season. But, fret not. I have some time tested beauty hacks to help you sail smoothly through these, well..testing times.
I am going to break this down into 4 posts, each featuring the most dreaded skin troubles which we experience as the temperature falls and how you can tweak your daily routine with the easiest DIYs possible to be-winter ready!
Let’s look into our problema número uno-DRY SKIN!
A dip in the temperature is accompanied by low humidity and cold winds, which causes the drying out of our skin. Central heating is another factor which contributes largely to stripping of our skin’s natural moisture, leaving it feeling dry and flaky. We need to pile up on them moisturizers to keep our skin’s top layer moist and healthy. So let’s get started and combat these winter woes!
I) TWEAK YOUR BATH 1. Milk bath for flaky skin: Feeling Cleopatraesque..ahem..:D 1 cup of milk in your bathing water can do wonders for your skin! Milk is a great moisturizer which owes it’s moisturizing properties to it’s water and fat contents. It also has a good amount of protein and mineral content which makes it anti-ageing. If that wasn’t enough, it also acts as an exfoliator and removes dead skin cells due to the presence of enzymes like lipase, proteases and lacto-peroxidase. Need more reasons to milk up your bath?
2. Coconut oil bath for dry skin: Putting a spoonful of coconut oil in your bathing water every time you bathe will prevent the hot water from stripping off the moisture. It is an oil with high saturated fat content, thus making it an ideal moisturizer for dry skin.
3. Oatmeal bath for itchy skin: Oatmeal contains complex sugars and fats which help soothe itchy, dry skin. The website Real Age notes the polysaccharides -- basically complex sugars -- in the oats, leave a “gelatinous” residue in bathwater and on your skin, thus combating dryness. So a cup of uncooked oatmeal can be put inside an old sock and tied at the top. This can then be dunked into your bath water and used. (Tying it up in the sock prevents the oatmeal from clogging the drains.)
II) TWEAK YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE
1. Extra-moisturizer: You might want to step up on your moisturizing routine and switch your summer staples with something more winter appropriate. Oils serve as great moisturizers during the winters but make sure to choose the ones that don’t clog your pores. Almond oil and avocado oil have great moisturizing properties and are non-clogging in nature.
2. Extra-sunscreen: In the winters, the sun is it’s harshest best and often tends to damage and dry out our skin. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen, atleast half an hour before venturing out in the daytime.
3. Lukewarm water, please: Water that is too hot can do more harm than good. It is advisable to only use lukewarm water on your face and body to prevent it from stripping all the moisture off.
4.Wonderful Vaseline: Always keep a bottle of Vaseline handy. You can coat your lashes, slather it on your lips and gently massage your skin with this wonder-in-a-bottle. It helps to lock in your skin’s moisture and is your best bet during the harsh winters.
III) TWEAK YOUR DIET
1. Stock up on the water: Water re-hydrates the skin from the inside, and so make it a point to keep yourself hydrated by drinking, yes-you-see-it-coming, 8 glasses of water everyday. Easier said than done, but yea well beauty comes at a price..so.
2. Soup, slurp: Winters are a great time to dish up your favorite soups. Brocolli, chicken or the humble tomato, water based meals are a great way to hydrate your skin.
3. Nuts over nuts? : Nuts are said to be the ultimate power food. They are rich in antioxidants and contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B and E which hydrate the skin and promote its elasticity. So make sure to eat a fistful of nuts like almonds and walnuts everyday.
4. Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein, which helps in the regeneration of cells. They also contain minerals which help to promote hydration and elasticity of the skin. Boiled eggs are also a great remedy for common colds and runny noses. Multiple benefits packed in one.
Here’s hoping that these winters will be gentler on you and your dear skin and if the need arises, you will be ready, with your armor intact, to tackle it head-on with these beauty hacks! I shall take your leave now, for I have some tough culinary choices to make..
until next time!