So you have been religiously following a skincare regime for a couple of months now. You have used a cleansing oil, a cleansing balm and a toner. But once the weather starts changing from hot and humid to cooler days, you need to make a switch from monsoon skincare to winter skincare real quick.
It's finally here. The time when we think about "emptying our closet" and bringing in the winter wardrobe. We also need to empty our skincare compartment and bring in some essential beauty products for the cold weather.
The skin is left unprotected with the heavy humidity of the monsoon season and we tend to keep it supple and soft by regularly applying oils and face packs. However, in the winter season, we need to take extra care of our skin and prepare it for harsh weather and dryness.
Cleansing is still the most important step in your beauty routine, but it has to be kept minimal in the winters. Shorter, warmer showers will help to remove most of the dirt and grime from your skin before you apply a cleanser, but make sure you still do this regularly.
Most of us tend to switch our skincare routine season after season without thinking about its consequences. We all know that skin type tends to change over the years, but most of us continue to use the same skincare products without giving much thought to how it is impacting our skin.
Skin Issues During Winter
It's not only the outdoors that's freezing cold this winter, but our skin can become dry and damaged too.
During winters, your skin will be under the influence of different factors that will decrease its ability to fight against harmful elements. Some of these factors include exposure to cold weather, exposure to the wind, exposure to chemicals, exposure to pollution and last but not least exposure to dryness. All these factors could lead to the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, acne, dry skin or chapped lips. They can also cause dehydration of the skin.
The most effective way to keep your skin healthy is to take care of it constantly. The key is to find all the methods that work for you and that you are comfortable with. For example, you can use makeup products that are derived from plants. You can also use effective skin-enhancing products that are hypoallergenic, organic and free from any toxins.
Avoid over-washing your face because that may irritate it and strip it of its natural oils. It's also important to find a face wash that's right for your skin type since dry skin will react differently to other face washes.
When choosing a moisturizer, make sure to opt for one without fragrances. Fragrances tend to irritate dry skin and also add to the oiliness of your face, which isn't good during colder months. The best time to moisturize is at bedtime because while you're sleeping, your body naturally restores itself and helps combat dryness.
Winter Skincare Tips
You must be feeling like your skin is not getting enough moisture and it feels like you need to put lotion, again and again, to get rid of dry skin.
Here are some tips for winter skincare:
- Winter is here and so are the dry, chapped lips and skin. Mix avocado paste and honey. Apply this mixture to your lips. Let it stay for about 30 minutes. Remove by washing your face with cold water. When the honey dries, it creates a protective layer on your lips. Avocado is rich in vitamin E and it is good for nourishing your lips with moisture.
- Use super-hydrating moisturizers and serums. It's really important to have good moisturizing products at home so your skin can stay nourished. We recommend using Mars by GHC Gloww Skin Serum, it is specifically made to hydrate dull skin. It's full of antioxidants that fight signs of ageing, deliver instant results and works wonders for dry skin.
- Switch to Mars by GHC Anti-Acne Gel. Winter is the harshest on your skin and hair and with this change of season, it is very important that we take good care of our skin. The cold and dry weather causes our pores to clog up and become clogged, causing many breakouts.
- Avoid over-washing. Overwashing can strip not only the skin of essential natural oils but also irritate the skin. It is recommended to cleanse your face twice a day. Gently massage your facial cleanser into your skin using upward circular motions with your fingertips. Never rub your face with your hands or washcloth as it can cause irritation.
- Follow some winter-friendly home remedies like using coconut milk. The milk from coconuts contains fats that get absorbed quickly into your skin making it soft and supple. To get the best results, soak a cotton ball in coconut milk and apply it all over your face before going to bed. Wash it off in the morning with warm water.
Your skin needs moisture during the harsh winter months and if you're wearing makeup 24/7, even with lotion/serum, your skin needs additional hydration to protect the skin cells.