The chilly season signifies lifelessness and it is not just confined to nature. The gloomy and dry ambience affects everything and even our skin is not spared form that. 

As all of us keep no stones unturned to stay protected from the harsh cold weather conditions, there is one thing that needs extra care and attention – and that happens to be our skin. 

This is no secret that the harsh winter can wreak havoc on your skin. This happens because of the dry air and bitter cold temperatures which deplete the natural moisture. 

But don’t worry. With only a few measures and precautions you can actually retain the moisture and softness of your skin and keep it glowing and bouncy all year round. 

So if you want to bid goodbye to the parched, cracked and chapped skin and say hello to the skin that you have always wanted even during the winter season then here are some tips for you. Just take a look. 

Moisture on a Daily Basis – The ointments, moisturizers and creams enhance the functions of the skin barrier that promotes the retention of water in the skin. You an apply moisturizer to the facial skin prior to going to bed and use a gentle cleanser to wah this off once you wake up in the morning. A variety of the moisturizers are made available for purchase today. It can take some trial and error for finding the best moisturiser for the skin. The best moisturizers consist of the following ingredients that have proven to be most beneficial for the skin – 
  • ceramides
  • hyaluronic acid
  • colloidal oatmeal

Some of the natural moisturizers to help relieve dry skin on the face include – 
  • coconut oil
  • pure aloe vera gel
  • shea butter

Shea butter and coconut oil consist of natural oils. Some of the people with oily, normal or combination skin types can experience breakouts after using these products. So you must choose after experimentation and even talking with your dermatologist.
  • Don’t Take Long Showers – A hot shower can turn out to be the most soothing experience during the colder months of the year. But the hot water can be the worst enemy of the dry skin. The excessive hot water augments the evaporation of the skin’s natural form of hydration. You should opt for shorter hot showers for about 10 minutes. You can however moisturise during showers with body cleansing or bath oils containing plant oils or fatty acid-rich oils and protect the moisturiser barrier of the skin.
  • Change the Diet –There is a direct link between the skin and gut health,. So you must take a not of what you eat for the benefit of your skin. Your diet must include the olive oil, walnuts and avocados. Though a full glass of wine is always lucrative during the chilly months, but you should keep your caffeine, alcohol and coffee intake in check. These being diuretics can lead to dehydration. Also make it a point to drink ample amount of water.
  • Sunscreen is a Bare Necessity – Sunscreen is not just for the summers. The winter sun combined with the glare of snow can damage the skin still. Try to opt for a sunscreen that consists of a broad spectrum to the skin. It can still damage the skin. Try to apply the sunscreen to your face and hands for about 30 minutes prior to going outside. If you stay outside for a long time, then reapply the sunscreen frequently.
  • Hook Up the Humidifier – The space heaters and Central Heating System bow out the hotter and dryer air throughout the offices and homes. The humidifiers provide more moisture in the air. This keeps the skin from being dried out. Place the small humidifiers all through the house. This will lead to more even moisture dispersion.
  • Don’t Go Overboard with the Exfoliation -The last thing that is needed by the dehydrated, raw and winter-worn skin calls for an abrasive, harsh peel or scrub or a cleansing sponge or loofah. This can further worsen the irritation and deplete the moisture. If you notice redness or flaking at the time of exfoliating you can swap in a gentler face wash with fruit acids or lactic acids which is much less dehydrating to the skin. The rougher exfoliants like salt and sugar and glycolic acid and other stronger acids use the exfoliator not more than once a week. Avoid scratching the skin as well because that can cause more loss of moisture. Instead use a hydrating balm or ointment to protect and calm the skin.
By keeping the above in mind and following a regular skincare routine you can ensure that your skin remains soft, beautiful, youthful and free of cracks and marks of ageing all through the dry spell of the winter months. However, make sure to set up and stick to the routine right from the onset and through the colder months to avoid any adverse effect on the skin.