For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling. The skin turns extremely dry, resulting in flaking, cracking and even eczema.
Moisturise: You may have found a moisturiser that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, your skin care routine must also alter. Get an "ointment" moisturiser that's oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for "" oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil.
Use Sunscreen: No, sunscreen isn't just for the summers. Winter sun -- combined with snow glare -- can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
Lips need extra attention: Apply a moisturising lip balm when you are doing the rest of your skin care, make it part of your routine.
For beautiful feet: Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. Use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically which helps moisturisers and foot creams to sink in faster and deeper.
Ban hot bath: Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve skin that is dry.
Hair goes dry, weak and brittle during winter, but if you give it the right treatment you'll avoid it becoming a trouble for yourself. There are plenty of shampoos that help your hair become strong and healthy during winter.
Heat pure coconut oil and apply on scalp and hair ends. Wrap a hot towel and let it stay for sometime. Next morning, wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
Lock in the moisture from your shampoo and conditioner by rinsing your hair at the end with cool water instead of hot.
Cut back on your use of blow dryers, flat irons, and other heated products during colder months. If blow drying is a must, set aside some extra time and use a cooler setting.
Wear your hair up on a windy day. In addition to keeping it from getting disheveled and tangled, keeping your hair in a ponytail protects it from damage caused by harsh, whipping winds.
(With inputs from Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies)