Jan. 23, 2012
I am a physiotherapist. I trained and worked as a personal trainer and nutrition advisor after doing diploma in Health & Nutrition.
Dry skin is a very common skin problem and is often worse during the winter when environmental humidity is low. It can occur at all ages and in people with or without other skin problems. The fine lines in the skin become more visible, and the skin feels rough and appears dull. Winter chill and winds can be very harsh on the skin. The cold dry air causes the skin to dry up and flake. Dry skin is generally accompanied by intense itchiness as well as cracked, wrinkled, and ashen or whitish skin that is quite unsightly. You may also suffer from other skin problems like winter acne that may leave your skin uneven and scarred. There are now many cosmetic creams and lotions that use natural ingredients to cleanse and moisturize your skin.
Consider your skin type while making aromatherapy beauty products for beauty regime at home. Facial consists of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. On occasion, you may add a gentle exfoliation and mask for luxurious pampering. Listing down step by step guide for "At Home Facial" with recipes:
1. Start with cleansing your skin with a gentle cleanser. Give yourself a light steam treatment to unclog the pores before facial. Use fingertips to move upwards in circular movements, gently stimulating the skin and removing excess oil and grime. Rinse with warm water and pat excess moisture with a soft towel.
2. After cleansing routine, tone the skin to ensure the pH balance. Apply the toner with soft cotton pad. Avoid rubbing and sensitive area around the eye. Saturate the pad and pat it over the face and neck area. Apple cider vinegar is the best toner to ensure optimal pH balance for the skin.
3. Now your skin is ready to be moisturized with host of soothing ingredients. To seal the moisture, apply oil using patting motions when the skin is damp from applying the toner. For oily areas, apply once. For dry areas apply twice with an interval of 2-3 minutes between applications. Moisten the skin with water or toner in between applications to seal the moisture.
Instead of using creams, you can also go directly to the several simple natural winter skincare remedies:
- Drink plenty of water. Due to the cold, a person may not feel very thirsty in winter, but it is essential not to neglect the body’s need for 8-10 glasses of water per day
- After a wash or bath, make sure that you apply a good moisturizer. You can make your own moisturizer out of olive oil and coconut water. Mix these two ingredients thoroughly and then apply it to your skin after your shower
- It is important to remember that very hot water dries the skin. So, as tempting it is to get into a steaming bath this winter, use lukewarm water instead, for the sake of your skin
- Apply honey along with rose water also helps in getting rid of dry skin, this mixture not only moisturizes the skin but helps in toning as well
- Aloe Vera is a gift for the skin, massaging extracts of Aloe Vera all over the skin, provides essential nutrients, leaving your skin smooth and glowing
- Usually, we tend to forget the harmful effects of the sun in winter. Keep in mind that the rays of the sun are just as harmful in winter as they are in summer. Make sure you use a good, moisturizing sun screen before getting out of the house
- Cover your skin as much as possible when facing extreme cold and harsh winds. Use gloves, mufflers, scarves, and jackets
- Massage your skin with an oil before going to bed
- Always use a moisturising soap, foam, gel while bath and apply body moisturizers that are rich in oil or cream rather than water. These help retain the moisture in the skin much longer than water based ones