Discover new secrets to help keep your skin looking smooth, soft prevent cracked lips and feeling great all winter long.
During winter, our skin tends to get dry due to the wind blowing outside. Dry, itchy skin can be unbearable. Dry skin can happen any time during the year, but is most prevalent in winter. Those over-the-counter products seldom work, and also leave a hole in your pocket. Just as we need protection, our skin needs care as well. The kind of care that our skin needs is determined by the type of skin we have. There are four types of skin-normal, oily, dry and sensitive and each type of skin has its own complications. So what can you do to soothe that cracking skin? Try out our hand-picked home remedies that are sure to take you closer to the smooth skin you desire.
Dry Skin Care While Traveling
If you fly during the holiday season, the lack of moisture available on an airplane is almost a surefire way to make your body feel dehydrated and even itchy. “Try spritzing your face with a small Evian mister or some rose water,” suggests Glaub. You can also avoid dry skin in the air by drinking lots of water.
Choosing the right products for flake-free skin
Since turning off the heat altogether isn’t a viable option, dealing with dry winter skin comes down to choosing products that won’t make the problem worse. Harsh cleansers and exfoliants can cause severe dryness and worsen the condition by stripping your skin of its natural oils. When shopping for a cleanser, look for a mild cream or milk formula without alcohol and fragrance.
Home Remedies to prevent dry skin
Rub on some olive, almond or coconut oil and massage lightly on to your hands, legs and the rest of your body before heading for a shower. If time permits, heat the oil and then apply. Post shower, use a light moisturiser/sunscreen, because winter sun isn’t any less harsh.
Moisture forms a protective layer on the skin keeping it safe by keeping it hydrated. Thicker moisturizers, such as OTC brands Eucerin and CetaphilOils, work best. Oils such as bay oil, tend to be better at trapping the water on your skin than the various moisturizing creams available.
Scoop some milk cream
Milk cream makes for a very good moisturiser. Mix a few drops of lime, a tsp. of milk and two tsp. of milk cream and rub onto your hands and legs. Leave it on for a while before you head for a shower. You’ll see the difference immediately.
Aloe Vera gel
The golden term, ‘Aloe Vera’ is now used in all spheres when it comes to beauty and health benefits. You need to take out the gel from Aloe Vera plant and apply it over your face for a period of 30 minutes. You might get many products in the market which deems to include Aloe Vera gel extract.
Winter is not a friend to dry skin. The heating in homes evaporate the water from the air, which makes the air very dry. Humidifiers come in useful at a time like this by adding moisture to the air, and thus benefiting your dry skin. Either humidify the whole room or get a portable humidifier.
If you have almond at home, you can easily make almond paste by soaking few almonds overnight. But, you also need to peel the skin of the almonds and grind it to fine paste. Add raw milk to this paste, two teaspoon of lemon juice as well as gram flour to this paste. Now, you need to apply this wonderful pack on your face and neck. Leave it for a period of 20 minutes and wash it away with luke warm water.
Milk, lemon and almond oil
Make a mixture of 1 spoon of juice of lemon and 1 tablespoon of dried milk powder. Add 1 tablespoon of almond oil in this mixture. Now blend it to form a thick paste. Milk powder will add moisture to your skin and the lemon will cleanse it. The tone will lighten with the lemon juice and almond oil will help make the skin soft and supple. In winter when you use creams and lotions, your skin gets darkened. Use this pack on your neck, face and hands for lightening the tone.
Olive Oil and Egg Yolk
The characteristics of the olive oil and egg yolk makes their amalgamation a must have for those who have dry skin. Olive oil is one of the key secret ingredients used in practices of taking care of flaky dry skin.
Rose with honey face pack
You can get both rose water as well as honey at home readily. You need to take a small container where one teaspoon of honey is poured. Mix it with a single spoon of rose water and mix.
Shorten Those Showers
Long, steamy showers may soothe a weekend warrior’s sore muscles, but they’re also good at dehydrating you – yes, taking moisture out instead of putting it in. That’s because hot water removes the skin’s natural oils more quickly than warm or cold water.
The skin care solution? Take shorter showers and baths and use warm water instead of steamy hot. Then, when you’re done, pat dry, don’t rub.