Winter is here and although it’s a wonderful season with all its mushiness it is not particularly kind on skin. Dryness of skin is a common problem plus the agony of chapped lips and cracked heels also contribute to our skin woes. The winter season affects all skin types to a certain degree so it is really essential to keep your skin moisturised. Along with moisturising exfoliation and toning is equally important.
Here are 5 natural, simple and most importantly effective skincare tips for you. I have provided the complete skincare routine for moisturising, exfolitation and toning and the good part is these will benefit your skin beyond the winter season also. Also since I love DIY skincare remedies in this post you will find 2 easy DIY home remedies for exfoliation and toning.
DIY Home Remedies and Skincare Tips for Winter
Moisturisation: Winter air is dry and lacks the natural moisture due to this our skin feels dry and stretched. Moisturisation is the primary need of your skin during winters. It is important for skin to feel adequately nourished.
Olive oil is a complete skincare ingredient and one of the best natural remedies to protect your skin against the dry weather. It is full of anti-oxidants which keeps skin supple and fights wrinkles and patches. You can use it as massage oil to retain skin moisture, as a scrub and also for your chapped lips.
Natural moisturiser: During winters, message your skin with olive oil right before bathing. You can apply it all over your body in circular motions. This is a natural moisturiser and will keep your skin soft with regular use. I prefer using Olive Oil mostly because it works really good for my dry skin it keeps the skin hydrated for a pretty long time. It absorbs nicely on skin and does not feel greasy. This oil perfect for patchy skin issues, breakouts, flaky skin and almost every skin issue. You can apply it daily before going to sleep or before bathing.
Lip Balm: This oil is also equally effective for dry elbows and knees cracked heels and lips. Apply it to your lips before you step outdoors in the cold winter air. It will act as a natural balm. You can also apply on your hand, especially over your cuticles since these tend to lose moisture faster.
Almond oil is an excellent natural ingredient rich in Vitamin E. Since it is light in texture it good for those who suffer from dry skin problems. Dermatologists recommend it for a variety of skin problems like eczema, flaky skin etc. It is known to lock skin moisture and give skin its required elasticity. Regular use of almond oil results in a glowing skin. It also improves blood circulation and reduces dark circles.
If you have a desk job like me you can apply Almond oil around your eyes during bedtime to reduce stress. Similarly it is equally effective in combating cracked heels and dry lips. Apply this oil before your bedtime or before bathing and you will notice a difference in your skin within two weeks.
I have started using Argan oil recently and I must say it more than lives up to its reputation. This is one of those rare kind of oil that suits every skin type. The texture of this oil is dense and for me it’s the perfect oil for dry winter months. If you have skin problem like dry skin and cracked heels I would say look no further than Argan Oil.
You can mix this essential oil with either almond, coconut, jojoba, olive or any oil of your choice. This oil is equally good in improving your hair texture. It is also known to eliminate stretch marks, improve brittle nails and cuticles. I prefer to combine this oil with either olive or almond oil before application.
Argan oil is also called ‘liquid gold’ and derived from fruit kernel of Argan tree. It is rich in anti-oxidants like Vitamin E and has anti-aging and cancer healing properties.
What to Know before Applying Oil on your Skin?
Comedogenic scale: Before applying any oil do take into account its comedogenic scale which means whether the oil will clog your skin pores. Not every type of oil irrespective of its nutritional value may suit your skin type. Before applying any oil do a patch test first. Like for instance coconut oil has a high comedogenic scale which means it may cause breakouts in someone with acne-prone skin. But it may be excellent for someone with very dry skin.
Climatic Condition: The climatic conditions of a place sometimes determine the effectiveness of particular oil. Like research has found coconut oil works amazingly in tropical climatic while olive oil works better in temperate climate whereas Argan oil suits every skin type and in all climatic conditions.
Why Exfoliation is necessary for Winter Skincare?
In winters, it is important to exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells but be careful in using ingredients that do not dry out the skin. I am sharing with you two of my absolute must-have winter scrubs. Both these scrubs are easy to make and excellent for your skin.
Orange Peel Powder and Yoghurt/Honey
I love this natural scrub during winters, mostly because I instantly notice a difference in my skin. Oranges are easily available during winters and it’s very easy to make orange peel powder at home. The best part about this powder is it has a long self-life, you can store it up to 2 years in an air-tight jar.
This particular concoction works wonderfully for oily skin, as well on blemished dull skin and blackheads.
How to make orange peel powder
- Take 4-5 oranges and peel these
- Spread the peels evenly on a tray and dry these in the sun.
- If you are drying the peels in summer sun it would take just 1 or 2 days to completely dry while in winter it takes around 3-4 days.
- Alternatively, you can also dry these peels using oven. Baking the peels at about 200 °F for 45 minutes should do it.
- You can grind the dried/baked peels into a food processor, grind until you get fine powder like granules.
- Store the powder in an airtight container.
How to apply
Take 2 tbsps of orange peel powder and 1 tbsp of yoghurt and 2 tsp of lemon juice. Mix the ingredients well and apply to the face in slow circular motion for about 20 minutes and wash off. If yoghurt is too cold for your skin during winter replace it with honey.
How Toning helps in Winter Skincare?
Toning your skin is an important part of the cleansing process. Toning helps to smooth your skin, clean it deeply of any dirt and residue left during exfoliation. It helps to reduce fine lines in your face. It is quite easy to make toners at home. I prefer using two natural toners rose water and cucumber water.
Rose water is a good facial toner for all skin types. It has anti-inflammatory properties so it won’t irritate your skin but rather leave a soothing effect. You can make your own rose water at home through the simmering method. The shelf life of this water is around two weeks when refrigerated.
How to make
- Take around 4-5 roses and remove the petals gently
- Now pour around 1 liter of water in a pot. (Use fresh water preferably distilled)
- Heat the water in low flame
- Immerse rose petals into the water after 2-3 minutes.
- Let the water simmer in low flame until colour of the petals fade.
- When the water cools completely store it in a bottle and refrigerate.
How to apply
Dab some rose water in cotton and apply it all over your face and neck area. Clean gently but thoroughly until the last traces of any dirt or dust remains. You can use this solution daily.
Some More Winter Tips
Besides skincare your diet and lifestyle also reflects on your skin. It is so difficult to maintain a balanced lifestyle during winters, especially with Christmas and New Year around. However these tips might come in handy.
- Try to sip lukewarm water as much as possible to stay hydrated. Lukewarm water also relives you of any cough, common cold, throat and lung congestion.
- If you like drinking tea, do try ginger tea it is known to boost immunity and protect against cold and cough.
- Avoid bathing in very hot water since it strips your skin of natural moisture. Your water should be just enough hot not very hot.
- We all hate exercising during winters but 10 minutes of stretching will keep your body fit.
Hopefully you found this write-up useful. Like I mentioned earlier these are pretty hassle free and all-purpose tips which means you can apply these even when its not winter. If you liked this post do let me know in the comment section. Always happy to know your thoughts.