Dry skin is very common in the cold winter months, but with a little TLC, your skin doesn’t have to be dry, itch or flake.
Dry skin is one of the most frustrating and common skin problems that each of us face at some point. Pollution, harmful rays and constant weather changes wreak havoc on the skin and make the skin dry and sensitive. When skin becomes dehydrated, it loses its flexibility and becomes cracked, scaly and sometimes itchy.
#1.Use mild, warm water instead of hot water:
- The ideal temperature for water when washing your face would be just a fraction warmer than lukewarm. Heat is a natural exfoliator, so hot water is great when you want to strip your skin of dead skin cells and oils, but if the skin on your face has been suffering a dry spell, you will need to stay away from hot temperatures.
- If you do need to use hot water on your face, quickly rinse your face with cold water afterward to reduce the amount of time heat lingers on your face.
- Similarly, on very hot days, you should come inside your home and quickly splash cold water on your face to cool the skin down. The humidity in the air will usually help your skin retain some of its natural moisture, but you will be able to keep even more of it if you can cool your skin down regularly.
#2.Moisturize frequently and consistently:
- Keep a facial moisturizer beside your bed. This will make it easier to remember to moisturize every night before you go to sleep. Make it a part of your nightly routine.
- If you suffer from dry hands, keep a small tube of hand cream in your hand bag or beside your sink. Use every time you wash your hands.
#3.Papaya And Avocado Paste:
#4.Vaseline Works Wonders:
I know, Vaseline isn’t really the high-end pampering product you might want to buy, but Vaseline can be a skin-saver for dry skin in the winter months. There are so many uses for Vaseline as well.
- For extremely cracked hands and feet, apply and then put on cotton socks and gloves. Doing this will give immediate results.(If you can’t sleep like this, find an hour or so during the day.)
- Apply to cracked cuticles
- Apply to small areas after exfoliating. (dry spots like elbows, knees and heels)
- Put over windburned cheeks before heading back outdoors. It will seal and protect. (Especially good for children.)
- This is amazing lip balm. You’ll notice instant, yet long lasting hydration. (No SPF though.)
#5.Pat your skin dry:
- In order to minimize potential irritation as much as possible, you should only pat your skin dry for about 20 seconds or less.
- Use a soft cloth but make sure that it is made from fibers that can actually absorb water. A soft terry cloth works well.
- Ideally, you should dry your face so that it is slightly moist to the touch but not dripping wet. However, if you know you’re going to be using certain creams (such as Hydrocortisone) then make sure your skin is 100% dry before applying to the dry areas. This will avoid watering down the cream and having a lower concentration of medicine in the bit you apply
#6.Drink lots of water:
#7.Aloe Vera gel:
#8.Apply a moisturizer after washing your face:
- Any moisturizing cream or lotion meant for your face is worth a shot if you do not know what to look for, but if you already use a moisturizer and need something a little stronger, look for one with shea butter, ceramides, stearic acid, or glycerin listed somewhere in the ingredients. These are moisturizers that help you replace the outer protective layer on your skin responsible for keeping moisture inside.
Curd contains high amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that is known to make the skin soft and radiant. Apply plain curd or mix with some honey and a few drops of lime. Leave it on the skin for at least 10 minutes and then wash off. This face pack will work wonders for the skin.
#11.Fresh Cream And Lemon Face Pack:
Mix one teaspoon of fresh cream with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this mixture on your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Then massage the face till five minutes and wash off.