Winter is very cruel on the skin. Dehydration, chapping and scaling are very common. Winter tends to tax the skin much more than any other season. The hot winter sun outdoors and the overuse of heaters and blowers, taking hot water showers – all these wreak havoc on the skin.
So, plan a special skin care routine to suit the weather – be generous with your moisturizer and lubricants in it. Your night creams, hand and body lotion, cleanser and toner, all these should be rich and creamy. Creams containing Vaseline and liquid paraffin are most effective in keeping the skin moist. Aromatherapy products are also excellent for your skin. So, don’t hesitate to splurge in them.
Pour a bit of baby oil or any luxurious aromatic oil to your bath water. Make sure that your bath water is lukewarm and not too hot. Also, applying olive oil or a rich body lotion, immediately after bathing moisturizes the skin. Use Vaseline or any good foot care cream for cracked heels.
You must also have a special bedtime routine during winter, regardless of how lazy or cold your feel, or how later a night you have had. The danger of not cleansing and nourishing the skin at bed time should never be underestimated, especially if you have used heavy make-up. Clean the skin thoroughly with a good aromatic cleanser. Remove the cleanser and massage in a good nourishing skin cream. Wipe your skin clean off the cream before you sleep.
Treat yourself to a good hydrating mask once a week. Two tablespoons of fresh cream with a teaspoon of honey, a few drops of oil of jojoba or sandalwood makes a wonderful hydrating mask. You can apply this mask on hands and feet. It makes the skin super smooth and soft. For chapped lips, read the post Lip-care in winter.
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