Many of us look forward to Christmas– the gifts, the get-togethers, and the discounts and bargains. However, most of us dread the coming of the winter season as it tends to dry out your skin. This requires you to establish a whole new beauty routine that will keep your skin moisturized, nourished, and protected against the harsh effects of the winter cold.
To help you out, we have decided to provide you with some unusual yet beneficial moisturizing tricks that can help your skin survive the harshness of winter.
Use satin or silk pillowcases
We all love our cotton pillowcases. Aside from the fact that it is a lot more convenient to lie on, cotton pillowcases are also a lot more affordable. Despite its affordable price, experts advise against using this type of pillowcase because it tends to dry out the skin and your hair. Splurge on either silk or satin pillowcases, and you can be able to reduce skin and hair dryness as well as wrinkle formation.
Get rid of dead skin cells
You may not know this, but dead skin cells tend to block the absorption of moisturizers into the skin. This is why you must regularly exfoliate your skin through a body brush and a body scrub twice a week. Do this regularly, and your skin will not just feel soft—it will be hydrated as well!
Cut off your vices.
No matter how painful this is to accept—coffee and alcoholic drinks negatively affect your skin. These drinks are both diuretics which prevent your body from retaining the body that it needs. Summon all your willpower to abstain from these drinks during the winter season.
Enjoy a milk bath.
This may seem quite luxurious, but it will do great wonders for your skin. Milk contains high amounts of lactic acid, which helps to shed off dead skin. Additionally, it boosts collagen growth as well. You do not have to buy a milk bath—you can make one on your own! Just simply do an online search, and you can surely find many homemade milk bath recipes.
Dry-proof your bathwater.
Chlorine is usually added to your bathwater for disinfection purposes. However, this substance tends to dry the skin out. Lucky for you, there are some things that you can do to prevent its drying effect. Just simply install shower head filters or add chlorine-busting bath balls to your bathtub. For a more natural solution, you can just use bentonite clay, which can help to absorb impurities.
Enjoy a honey face mask.
You may think that this is quite icky. After all, honey is quite sticky, right? Well, that characteristic of honey is what makes it a great moisturizer. For your information, honey can get water from the air and bind it to our skin. Additionally, honey can also protect the skin from bacteria. Get a homemade honey face mask recipe online and enjoy a honey face mask during the winter season!
Shave with your hair conditioner.
Again, this may seem like an absurd tip, but there are two great reasons for swapping your shaving cream with a hair conditioner during winter. First off, your skin exfoliates when you are shaving, making it easy for your skin to absorb moisture better. Second, hair conditioner contains nourishing properties, so it helps to moisturize your skin while shaving.
Choose the right moisturizer.
Keep in mind that the moisturizer that you use during the summer season may not perform the same during the colder season. This is because your skin has varying needs during the different seasons. For winter, it is recommended that you use a greaseless moisturizer that contains lipids and ceramides. Additionally, you should also make sure that the moisturizer you will use contains hyaluronic acid, which binds moisture to the skin.
Apply moisturizer properly.
The key to staying hydrated relies on how you apply your moisturizer. The secret is actually to apply moisturizer when your skin is still slightly damp. When you do this, your skin will absorb the moisturizer a lot better and faster.
Bring a facial spray with you.
It isn’t easy to maintain fresh and hydrated skin all throughout the day. With that in mind, a nourishing facial spray would be your best friend during the cold season as it can help to provide the hydration and nourishment that your skin needs for the entire day. Additionally, it helps to set your makeup too.
Properly prep your face.
Before you put makeup on dry skin, it is recommended that you apply primer first. When your skin is dry, it may have skin indentations, which will be magnified when you apply makeup right away. With the use of the primer, you can be able to even out these indentations, and your skin will already be smooth and even by the time you apply your makeup.
Have your hormones checked?
If your skin is dehydrated and scaly, it might not just be about the weather—maybe it is a sign of a thyroid condition. If you feel other symptoms in addition to dry skin, don’t just simply rely on what the internet has to say—- visit a doctor.
Winter may be a fun time for soups, chili dishes, and hot chocolate, but it will never be a fun time for your hair and skin. Try out all the tips we have above and stay hydrated.