The 3 golden rules for winter care
- Moisturize your skin very well
- Layering is important
- Use the ingredients that increase water retention and are super moisturizing
The main ingredient for winter care: Hyaluronic Acid
My favorite ingredient for winter is Hyaluronic acid, an important natural substance in our body. Its secret lies in its ability to retain moisture. An HA molecule can bind 1000 times its weight in water. Unfortunately, the production in our skin decreases over time as we age, so we have to replenish it with certain skin care products. Look for hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate in the ingredients and always use a good moisturizer.
Other great moisturizing ingredients to look out for: glycerin, squalane, vitamin E, and ceramides.
Use oils of any shape and capacity
The dry air of winter can damage our skin and cause it to become dry and flaky. To fight the situation, skin care oils should be a staple of any winter care routine as they are best friends specially in winter. The right oils can provide moisture, key ingredients, antioxidants, and other benefits. Use them as cleansing oils, serums, or moisturizers, and switch to oil-based creams instead of water-based creams.
Protect the skin with Winter SPF
Just because we can’t see the sun doesn’t mean it’s not there with all of those harmful ultraviolet rays. UVA rays can penetrate glass and clouds, reach us when traveling, sit by the window or go for a walk. Sunscreens should have a permanent place in your skin care routine, see the best sunscreens that are available in India.
Avoid products with alcohol
Now, this is very important step. Alcohol-based products, especially toners and some cleansers, can be too harsh in winter because alcohol generally dries out the skin. Also avoid witch hazel, eucalyptus, and menthol as these have the same effect.
Overlay your products
Even if your skin is dry, you don’t have to go for the heavier creams. Try a moisturizing toner or essence, then apply a moisturizing serum followed by a moisturizer and sunscreen. You can also use oils on slightly damp skin to lock in moisture.
Wash your face with lukewarm water
Many experts recommend skipping hot baths altogether as they really dry out your skin. So, be careful with the hot water on your skin to avoid stripping the oils and damaging the microveins. Immediately apply a moisturizer after taking bath.
Use a humidifier: the winter wonder device
One item that you can always find in my living room is a humidifier. It adds moisture to the air, prevents the skin from drying out or drying out, reduces the risk of infection, and is also good for sinus health. Health and beauty benefits combined in one tiny device.