Your skin is constantly exposed to the varying weather conditions and it is essential to undertake preventive measures so that it is protected sufficiently. Dry body which is a common feature of the harsh winters is exasperating and the flakiness that occurs can be quite embarrassing at times.
Some of the following points which act as a protective shield to your skin should always be kept in mind during winter times.
Avoid Hot Water Showers
It is essential to resist the temptation of a long hot water shower bath as that destroys the lipid barriers in the skin and robs it of moisture. It is best to go for a quick warm water shower bath.
Regular Use of Moisturizers
Use of moisturizers for the hands and legs besides the face is a must as that helps to lessen the irritation caused due to dry skin. Water and glycerin based creams help to retain the moisture into the skin and promote necessary repair work. Grease, oil and fragrance free moisturizers are the best picks during this period. The use of moisturizers should be done twice, once at the start of the day and the second while retiring at night.
Daily Protection From Sun
The winter sun is just as harsh as the summer and it is essential to use moisturizers with SPF so that the harmful UVA and UVB rays do not damage your skin. Do not get fooled by cloudy weather as the harmful sun’s rays do penetrate at those times too.
Wear Protective Gear
All winter clothes like gloves, cardigans, thick socks and scarves need to be worn without fail as they protect the skin from getting dry and itchy. You should never step outdoors without your protective clothing. The winter clothes should be soft and allow for air to flow in and out so that they do not cause any discomfort.
Drink Lots of Water
It is wrong to associate drinking plenty of water only with the summers; you need to drink the same amount of water during the winter season too. This helps in flushing out the toxins from your body and ensures that skin remains moisturized. All caffeine addicts have to bear in mind that they have to combat the diuretic effects of their favorite beverages with more water.
Cleanliness of Nails
Brittleness of nails can be tackled through the use of Vaseline, petroleum jelly etc. The nails have to be regularly cut and kept short so as to prevent the influx of fungus.
Your lips are the most sensitive part of your face and the harsh winter weather can cause great damage if they are not cared for properly. In order to prevent cracking of lips it is advisable to use petroleum jelly based lip balms as they are most effective.
Indulge in relaxing winter spa treatments like Hot Stone Massage, Fcaials, Body Wraps & Scrubs to beat the winter blues.
The cold, harsh winter weather can wreck havoc to your skin and leave it dry and flaky. It is essential to start on the protective measures from the fall itself so that by the time winter sets in your body is fully geared to meet its onslaught.