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How to Keep Your Skin Nourished & Glowing in Winter

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Sheetal Rawal, Founder, Apsara Skin Care

Above: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care

By: Marty S.

Though winter has just started, many of us have already finished preparing for the change in seasons. We’ve taken the fuzzy sweaters out of the closet, changed our bedding, and even cranked up the heater in our homes. However, while you may be ready for winter, your skin might not be. The winter season can be chaotic for your skin, and you may experience dullness, dryness, or irritation if you aren’t careful.

Today, we will share with you 3 tips that can help you get glowing skin in winter. Taking care of your skin means being prepared for whatever comes your way. Even though the weather during winter can be quite turbulent, we will do our best to give you advice on how you can protect your skin from harm and achieve a glowing, youthful complexion.

1. Incorporate Moisturizing Habits into Your Lifestyle to Counteract Winter Dryness

One common complaint people have about their winter skin is that it is too dry. While the air outside tends to lack humidity during the winter, sometimes the cause of dry skin is our fault. When we turn on our heaters to keep ourselves warm, this can cause the humidity indoors to drop. Dry skin also tends to look more aged than other skin types. As a result, even though many people stay indoors for most of the winter, they can develop dry, flaky skin that has more pronounced signs of aging.

To combat dryness and flakiness, you need to take a multi-step approach to hydrate your skin effectively.

First, apply a high-quality moisturizer and massage oil on your skin. Pairing your moisturizer with a massage oil can deeply nourish your skin and lock in your skin’s moisture. An important note: don’t neglect your hands! Since we will all be washing our hands regularly to stay safe and healthy during the flu season, they may become dry and cracked. After washing your hands, use your moisturizer so that they start to look soft and supple instead.

Second, use a humidifier, especially when you turn on your heater. A humidifier will add more moisture to the air, which, in turn, can prevent the air inside from stripping your skin of its natural oils and moisture. A humidifier can also prevent your mouth and nose from drying out; dry nostrils, on the other hand, can make you more likely to get sick. You can use a humidifier at any point throughout the year, but winter is the perfect time for it.

Third, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Regardless of what season it is, a lack of proper internal hydration can make your skin look dry, flaky, and dull.

Fourth, only use warm water when you shower. We know that a hot shower or bath is relaxing when it's cold outside, but hot water can dry out your skin and cause inflammation, redness, and irritation. Plus, hot water opens up your pores and makes your skin more vulnerable to harsh chemicals found in tap water or certain skin care products; the same is true for your hair follicles and the health of your hair. While a hot shower or bath can warm your skin up quickly, warm water is the best option during the winter. 

Fifth, use a natural lip balm. Your skin is not the only body part that can dry up in the winter. Chapped, flaky lips are uncomfortable so using a natural lip balm can nourish and soften your lips in no time.

"ROOP is remarkable. It is very hydrating, and it does give my skin the beautiful glow I was looking for. As an add-on bonus, it is remarkable under makeup. I definitely recommend ROOP, and it is worth the investment to get beautiful skin."

2. Consider Changing the Products in Your Daily Skin Care Routine

As we mentioned above, a high-quality moisturizer and massage oil are great products to use to deeply nourish and moisturize your skin. However, if you have noticed that your skin is still a little dry, you may need to switch products. It’s good to have a skin care routine you can rely on throughout the year, but you may need to make a few tweaks to it depending on the season. In the winter, for example, you may want to use natural products that are specifically made to handle dry skin. You may also want to use products for sensitive skin if you want to avoid irritation and itchiness, which a lot of people suffer from in the winter.

Of course, if you don’t already have a daily (and weekly) skin care routine, what are you waiting for? A daily skin care routine is your best chance at keeping your skin glowing, youthful, and blemish-free, no matter what season it is. A complete daily skin care routine consists of a cleanser, toner, serum, and lotion, in that order. All of the products in your daily skin care routine should be all-natural and free of harsh chemicals; being gentle with your skin will reduce the chance of irritation, itchiness, and inflammation. 

3. Wear Comfortable Clothing That Doesn’t Irritate Your Skin

Believe it or not, your outfit does matter if you want to get glowing, youthful skin this winter. If you’re planning on going out or you’re thinking of wearing extra layers, you might be inclined to pick the softest, fluffiest, and thickest sweater from your closet. However, that sweater could cause skin issues depending on what it is made of and how it fits on your body. For example, there are a lot of clothes that aren’t made from breathable fabrics; once these fabrics touch your skin, they can cause sweating, itchiness, and irritation. When you choose your outfit for the day, make sure that you’re both warm and comfortable in it; this includes the scarf and gloves/mittens you should wear to avoid a chilly neck and dry, cracked hands. Furthermore, once you go back inside, if it has been snowing or raining, it is highly recommended to change out of wet clothes as soon as possible because they can cause itchiness and irritation.

If your skin is feeling a little dry this winter, you can whip up this home remedy in a snap to intensely nourish your skin. This avocado and oat flour face mask only takes 15 minutes. Enjoy and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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