Cold winds, dry air, and chilly temperatures can really damage your soft skin and hair in winter. Cold air outside and central heat indoors can suck moisture from strands and pores, making hair rough and skin itchy and dry. It is some what difficult to dry skin care in winter season as compared to oily skin and normal skin.
- Consult Dermatologist. Consulting a dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.
- Moisturize your skin. Dry skin problems result when there is not enough water in the skin and the moisture is allowed to escape. An effective dry skin remedies simple use of moisturizers for dry skin will usually take care of most problems. A wide variety of dry skin lotion and creams are available to smooth out our skin and provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping, adding moisture and keeping it moist and dewy.
- Change Soap. When you wash your face in winter, choose a moisturizing soap-free cleanser or a hydrating antibacterial gel, then slather on lotion right away. Do not wash your face frequently.
- Use Warm Water instead of Hot water for Bathing. Prolonged exposure to water, especially hot water, can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin.
- Use Humidifiers. Central heating and air conditioning, even climate controlled environments can play a part in drying your skin. 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.
- Exfoliate Less. Go easy on the exfoliation. Over-exfoliating can lead to redness and irritation, and constantly stripping your skin of its natural oils can actually make skin greasy.
Home Remedies for Winter Dried Skin
- Oil. 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 moisturizer/sunscreen, because winter sun isn’t any less harsh.
- Milk cream: Milk cream makes for a very good moisturizer. 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.
- Curd: Curd makes for an excellent skin hydrant, and its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties will help soothe your dry, itchy skin. Apply curd just as it is or mix it with some honey and a few drops of lime. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes before you wash it off.
- Honey. Honey helps lock in moisture, has antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, which makes it a sought after ingredient in many over-the-counter skincare products. Why shell out money on those, when you can buy yourself a bottle of honey (which is cheaper) and use it to treat your skin. Lightly heat 2 tsp. of honey any apply it onto your skin (face, hands, legs) while warm. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and then wash it off. There’s nothing better your skin can ask for.
- Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is super good for your skin, after bath, slice a piece of aloe, squeeze all the gel out and apply onto your face, hands or legs. It will not only moisturize your skin, it will also form a protective layer that will keep impurities from entering your pores. Although aloe is a good skin hydrant, it can leave your skin feeling tight. So you might want to dab on some moisturizer.
- Milk. Keep aside a 4 tsp. of raw milk before you put it to boil for your morning coffee/tea. Add a few drops of rose water/ lime and rub it all over your body and wash with cold water. Do this twice a day. And your skin will feel baby soft.