How to take care of skin in winters
- Nov 28, 2011, 12:04 PM IST
Seasonal skin care is very important because of the various conditions that happen to your skin as it reacts to different factors like the cold and hot weather. The winter season is among those crucial times when you wish to look your best.
It is also the time when your skin will need some extra attention. You need to be aware of the season and what you must do as part of your skin care regimen to ensure that you will continue to have healthy and beautiful skin even during winter time.
Winter months generally are colder and drier than summer months when heat and humidity levels are on the rise.
When skin is exposed to the harsh winter weather, it takes a beating, becoming excessively dry, irritated and chapped. Clothing protects most skin but we often fail to protect our faces. Moving indoors isn't any better.
Apply sunscreen regularly because you're just as likely to sunburn in the winter as you are in summer. Apply a sunscreen, moisturizer or make-up with a minimum SPF of 15. Be sure to protect lips by wearing lipstick or lip balm with sun protection. Stop licking lips!
Reduce the number of times you apply toner after cleansing and use toners with no or low alcohol levels. Gently exfoliate using a washcloth or scrub to remove dead skin cells and stimulate skin.
Often people travel to a different city or country for occasions like weddings. If the event is being held in a place where the sunlight is harsher, you may experience more intense UV exposure and that exposure will be amplified by reflective surfaces like mirrors, car windscreens, etc. Opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen as it needs to be applied and reapplied from morning until evening.
Wear a wide brim hat to protect your face, head and neck. An umbrella is also a good idea as it will create instant shade and keep the temperatures feeling up to 10 degrees cooler.
Get a pair of UV protective sunglasses to protect the eyes from glare and the delicate eyelid skin around the eyes. Broad temple arms will also help keep the sun's rays damaging the crow's feet area of the eyes.
So when you escape the cold, be sun smart and safe. Make a plan to keep skin protected from UV radiation and it will be possible to enjoy the sun and return from functions with fond memories and not sun damaged skin.
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