Don’t have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Dry skin is a common matter during the winter. It can lead to flaking, itching, cracking and even bleeding. As the market flooded with various skin care products, it may be confusing, but you can prevent and treat dry skin on your own at home by using simple techniques and products.
Switching to a mild cleanser can help you to reduce itching. Do not forget to apply moisturizer immediately after getting out of the bath or shower. Keep in mind that though thick, ointment and creams tend to be more effective than lotions. Make moisturizer for dry skin – 4 drops of sandal oil, 4 drops of coconut oil. Mix these ingredients and make a paste of it. Now moisturizer has been made. This will keep you bright from dry air of winter. If it is not possible to make moisturizer at home then consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
We know, our skin loses smoothness for the weather of winter. And for this, we need toning. To make toner at your home you need just – 2 spoons rose water, 1 spoon juice of basil plant, 1 spoon lemon juice. Mix these ingredients and make a paste of it. Now apply it to your skin. Your skin will be good in winter. It is tempting during the winter to take long hot showers or baths, but being in the water for a long time, especially hot water, can be extremely drying for the skin. The trick is to keep it short and use warm, not hot water.
Be sure to pat yourself dry, be it face or body, as vigorous rubbing with a dry towel may lead to irritation of the skin badly. At the same time, avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin that is very harmful for your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
Be sure to check the ingredients of skin care products. Products that contain fragrance and alcohol-based toners can irritate dry sensitive skin, especially during winter. So, always try to avoid such kind of skin care product.
If you are like me, and have the habit of washing your hands frequently, hand sanitizers are a good alternative. Do not forget to use hand creams after each hand wash. If your hands tend to get too dry, apply petroleum jelly to your hands before bed and if possible, wrap them in soft cotton cloth to avoid messing your sheets and night clothes. Lastly, if your hands are frequently immersed in water, wear waterproof gloves.