Winter has set in with its lovely, bracing chill in the air and as we all know, this cold weather causes the glands of the skin to become less active and robs skin of its moisture, leaving it dry, flaky and itchy. And as one grows older, winter dryness gets worse; it affects one with greater intensity. Facial skin feels dry and itchy, lips chapped and cracked and knees, heels, wrists, elbows, upper arms – all become rough and you can't afford to neglect them.
Even though the face is just a small part of your anatomy it is one of the most exposed parts and hence has to bear the brunt of cold weather. So be sure to nourish it with a good nourishing cream or a cold cream, twice a day depending upon the intensity of the weather and its effects on your skin. You also cannot afford to neglect other parts of the body especially your upper arms, legs, nape, shoulders and waist.
Take your time to indulge in that luxury called oil-bath at least once a week On other days just try and smooth almond or olive oil all over your face and throat. While almond oil makes skin satin smooth, silky and soft olive oil is an ideal remedy for sensitive and chapped skin. (See oils for smooth skin and how to get silky smooth skin with oils.) Then splash warm water over your face. While your skin is still moist and warm, apply cold cream all over, from hair line to the chin, and massage it lightly. Remove with a tissue. Cream again and tissue a second time. Then dash on cold water and pat dry. Do this once a day. This will not only make your skin softer and smoother but also helps prevent flakiness, chapping and fine lines and also helps to tone your facial skin. If you wish to pamper yourself masks and face packs, then use hydrating face masks such as these. Also smear a bit of olive /almond or coconut oil on your hands and legs as well. Following the above routine religiously helps keep your facial skin as well as the skin from other parts of the body healthy, well-nourished, moisturized and slightly aglow throughout the harsh winter days.
Once in a week, before going to bed, wash your face, throat, hands, arms and feet with warm water. Then clean these parts with camphorated lotion or oil. This cleanses and softens your skin. By the way here are some terrific soothers for your feet. For rough edges, massage your knees, heels, wrists and elbows with baby oil and sink them in warm water before bathing. Then apply a mild soap or a body wash using a loofah, brush or a sponge to rub them thoroughly. Rinse and dry. Smooth a hand and body lotion all over. See to it that the water you use for your bath is lukewarm, neither too hot nor too cold. Keep handy supplies of cream or lotions in your bathroom, kitchen sink and on your dressing table. A massage with these creams/lotions, especially after you wash your hands, do dishes or after pressing your clothes will do wonders to the texture of your hands. Protect your nails from cold by rubbing them on the smooth side of the emery board once a week. Apply cuticle/nail cream after removing all ridges. Healthy and nicely manicured nails are thus within your reach. Some people often get chilblains during winter days. Here are some home-remedies to get over this malady.
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