The frosty winters are here and so are the skin problems. In fact most of the women would agree that dry, cracking and patchy skin actually keeps them from stepping out and enjoying the winter chill and sunshine. Many women face a typical issue of skin darkening due to moisturising products and sun tanning as well.
Keeping these problems in mind, we have brought you this precious piece of information that will help you take care of your skin this winter hundred per cent naturally. These simple yet effective tips are going to make your skin look supple and absolutely gorgeous!
Moisturize It Right
Moisturizing is the first step towards good skin. No matter what season it is, a season and skin appropriate moisturizer is a necessity. In winters, a little thick, heavy and oily moisturizer is preferred since it is particularly dry outside. However, keep away from the ones that attract dust as they will make your skin tone dark and damage the skin afterwards. Best thing to do is to keep away from soaps and foams, instead make some moisturizers at home.
Take one big spoon of Milk cream and mix half a spoon of Honey in it. Apply it on your face and leave for about 5 minutes. Wash off with some lukewarm water. Finish it with a thin layer of Aloe Vera gel on your face. To add fragrance, you may mix 1-2 drops of lavender oil in Aloe Vera.
If you have a very dry skin, then take 2 drops of Almond oil and mix one drop of coconut oil to it. Apply it on your face and leave for about 15-20 minutes. Wash off with a moisturizing face wash and apply 2-3 drops of baby oil on your face. Baby oil gets absorbed very fast and does not let the dust stick on the skin. Refrain from washing your face frequently as it dries up the skin.
Make It Steamy
Steam is a double edged sword, right amount of it nourishes the skin and excess dries it out. Oncs in two weeks is recommended during winters and that too, if you have been using heavy moisturisers multiple times in a day. Steaming the skin increases the elasticity and opens the pores for deep cleaning. Steam also helps in better absorption of the moisturizing products and improves the quality and texture of your skin. If you do not have a humidifier at your home, then just heat water in an open pan until it is hot enough to emit steam.
Place it in front of your face in such a manner that the steam rises towards your face and cover yourself and the pan under the same cloth so that none of the steam escapes. You must bear some important tips in mind when you apply steam therapy for your skin. First, moisturize your skin before exposing it to direct steam.
Do not steam for more than 10 minutes and keep away from it if you have open wounds. Always follow the steam session with splashing some cool water on your face so that the pores contract back to their original size. Application of moisturizer post therapy is also necessary.
Exfoliate & Scrub
We know it is winter and dry skin hurts but exfoliation is the most important skin routine in this season that you must not miss. The reason is simple- all the heavy moisturizers tend to accumulate and clog your skin pores. This can lead to a bad bout of acne, blemishes and pimples. So without overdoing it, scrub it just ones in a day. You can prepare simple exfoliates at home that are wonderfully effective and do not carry the risk of reacting with your skin. Take 2-3 overripe strawberries, mash them up roughly with a spoon or hand masher.
Mix a spoon of granular sugar in the strawberries and one big spoon of honey. We know by this time this recipe sounds like a dessert in the making but trust us it works as well as it sounds! The vitamin C and the colour of the strawberries is good for the skin repairs and an even complexion. Sugar will act as the actual scrubbing beads and honey will not only give this exfoliate a full body but also keep your skin moisturized while the accumulates get uprooted. Gram flour with 2-3 pinches of turmeric also makes for a great anti-bacterial and brightening skin scrub.
Add one large spoon of cream to the mixture with 2 spoons of Aloe Vera gel. Keep adding Aloe until the scrub has paste like consistency. Apply it in a thin layer on your skin and let it dry. For removing it, take some Aloe Vera gel and wet the scrub a little. Slowly rub the layer of gram flour so that it begins to peel off. This scrub will remove the product build up from your skin and make it visibly bright. It is also recommended for the suntanned skin.
Night Skin Routine
Follow a night clean up routine regularly and stick to it. Wash off your skin thoroughly in order to remove all the make up and moisturizing agents. You can prepare your own face wash by adding 4-5 spoons of rose water in half a bowl of milk. Splash and massage it on the face so that it cleans off the skin. Using a full cream yoghurt is also a great idea as it not only cleanses but also keeps the face from drying up too much.
Mix a spoon of honey and equal part of water to yoghurt before using it as a cleanser. Thereafter just take some rosewater on a cotton swab and wipe your face clean. Once you have cleaned, you may scrub the skin a little with the natural exfoliates. Wash off with lukewarm water and apply a good moisturizer. Never use hot water on the body as it tends to rob the skin of its necessary oils. Refrain from using heavy and thick moisturizers in the night as the skin itself secretes oil while you sleep. Also, it is a good time for your skin to breathe easy!
Check That Tan
As mentioned earlier, tanning is another issue that is extremely common during winters. Take a tomato and squeeze its pulp out. Add a spoon of honey to it and apply on the tanned areas of the body everyday before bath. Rubbing a slice of potato may also yield good result in removing tan as it has natural bleaching properties. If the tanned areas feel too warm, you can just apply aloe Vera gel which has soothing and cooling properties.
Two spoons fuller’s earth with a pinch of turmeric and 3 spoons of cream applied in a thin layer on skin also reduces the tan and cools off the skin effectively. Armed with these awesome tips and great natural products, say hello to winter and good bye to the skin problems that associate themselves with this wonderful season. Go out and have fun, let these natural ways help your skin glow this winter!