It's the perfect time for all things warm and cozy - hot chai and crispy pakoras or hot cocoa with warm cookies enjoyed in the comforting folds of a dense feather-soft blanket.
While we comfort our soul, what about our skin ?
Our skin loses about a quarter of its ability to hold moisture in cold, dry weather. Transitioning from the humidity of summer to the dryness of winter means changing your skin care routine.
We reached out to some experts to help us create the perfect morning and evening routine for winter. If you’re looking to combat dryness and protect your skin’s overall health, here are a few tips from skincare experts to beat winter dryness.
Step 01. Cleanse
With the onset of winter, skin stops producing as much sebum, so it’s important to maintain your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Switching to a natural cleanser with hydrating, non-drying ingredients, will work to bind water to your skin, which will better hydrate your face and prevent damage throughout the day.
The most obvious and vital way to fight tightness, flakiness and itchiness is to apply moisturizer. Consider a heavy-duty moisturizer which attract and lock in moisture. Even in the winter, it’s important to apply SPF. So before you complete your routine, swipe on a light layer of SPF to protect yourself from the UV rays.
- Face Butter - mixed with rose water for a lighter texture.
- For those with oily and sensitive skin - we recommend using a few drops of virgin coconut oil on damp skin.
Tip: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
All the expertS had one universal tip: Drink more water! Dry winter air can draw water out of the epidermis making your skin dehydrayted. In the winter, it is recommended that you increase your water intake by 20 percent. So, if you normally drink eight glasses of water, start drinking ten.
Step 01. Remove Makeup
This step can easily be missed in our rush to get to bed. Not properly removing makeup, however, increases the chance of your skin absorbing the debris, oil, bacteria, and free radicals built up throughout the day. This not only clogs your pores but it also prevents your skin from absorbing nutrients from your moisturizers. Makeup removal can be done effectively with the oil-cleansing method (Read how here)
Step 02. Cleanse
After removing makeup, it’s important to fully wash skin with the same cleanser you used in the morning. The water-binding ingredients will help your skin absorb moisturizer as you sleep, so you wake up with glowing, supple skin.
Step 03. Gentle Exfoliation twice a Week
With dry skin comes dead skin, and that is where exfoliation is key. Exfoliation removes dulling skin cells, debris, and other impurities, leaving the complexion feeling soft and smooth. It also stimulates healthy cell renewal, giving skin a healthy glow.
However, be sure to only exfoliate two times a week in the winter. Over-exfoliation can actually damage your skin, making it more sensitive and susceptible to damage.
The face cleansers double up as exfoliators when used with a scrubbing motion.
Step 04. Moisturize
The nighttime is when your skin goes through an intense healing process. Cells repair and rebuild during sleep. As your skin is working hard to regenerate, it will naturally lose moisture as you sleep. To bolster this repair process and retain water in your skin, use an intensive moisturizer.
- Face Butter
- For those with oily and sensitive skin - we recommend using virgin coconut oil on damp skin.