The rivalry between winter and soft skin date centuries back. With the onset of winter, our skin tends to get dry and itchy causing a lot of discomforts. Although I love winter season, I hate the fact that my skin loses moisture and starts looking dull if not taken care of. It is indeed a challenge for many to prevent dry skin in winters. I strongly feel that people should get special leaves to sleep as much as they want in winters, just like the animals who hibernate!
Jokes apart, laziness does overtake us in winter and the lack of proper skincare do show up on our skin in the form of dryness. In this post, I will talk about some quick fixes that’ll help you to get rid of dry skin in winter without putting in any extra effort or time! Let’s have a look a the list below:
- Go Nuts…. Well Literally!
Our good ol’ teachers at school have been telling us to eat nuts to make our memory sharper and all that we ate instead were noodles and burgers. Well, now that we have grown up, it’s time to use the wisdom that we’ve gained through the years and start eating healthy. Nuts like Almonds, Cashews, Pistachio, Macadamias and Walnuts are an amazing source of protein, fibre and unsaturated fats. In addition to these nutrients they are also packed with Vitamins like Vitamin A and E. All these packed together in tiny nuts is enough to nourish our skin and hair to provide a healthy glow. A handful of these crunchy nuts a day can help you to get rid of dry skin in winter like a boss!
- Reduce your Shower Time
We all know what hot showers on a cold morning feels like, but if you really want to make your skin happy, stop taking hot showers daily. Warm water strips off natural moisture from the skin making it even drier. A shower may seem like a relief to an itchy and dry skin but it really does more harm than good to the skin. Rather sponge your body on alternate days. Also avoid using too warm or too cold water and don’t take shower for too long.
- Wear Skin-Friendly Fabrics
Wear skin friendly fabrics like silk and cotton to prevent rashes. Try not to wear woollen clothes directly on your natural skin. Fabrics like cotton are breathable and light and are not harsh on the skin. You’ll definitely need woollen clothes in winter but try to wear them over a cotton shirt or top.
- Cut Down on your Coffee Intake
The caffeine in your coffee cup is responsible for making your skin dry. Caffeine being a diuretic tends to eliminate water from the body and cause dehydration. By cutting your coffee intake from a couple of cups to one cup per day or cutting it completely for some time, you can help your skin get back to normal again.
- Include Omega 3 Fatty Acid in your Diet
Omega 3 Fatty Acid is found in abundance in cold water fishes like Salmon, Sardines, Mackerel and Tuna, consuming these helps to retain skin’s natural moisture and boosts hydration. Vegetarians can consume Omega 3 Fatty Acid in the form of pills which is easily available in medicine counters.
- Invest in a Humidifier
Investing in a good humidifier is going to help you in the long run especially if you suffer from dry skin often. A humidifier will add moisture to your room and keep your skin hydrated for a longer time. Humidifier also helps to heal dry sinuses, chapped lips and other symptoms of cold thus improving the healing process.
- Go Completely Au Naturale with Skincare
It is best to avoid using too much makeup when you’re suffering from skin dryness. Try to use natural skincare products and methods until your skin regains its natural moisture. Using less makeup will ensure that your skin is less exposed to chemicals and hence will speed up your skin healing process. Apart from daily Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing, use natural ingredients for your skin once/twice a week like honey-oatmeal scrub, yoghurt and banana face pack and saffron-milk cream face pack to get soft glowing skin naturally.
Next time, when you find your skin getting dry and dull, remember to try out these tips above to get softer skin in no time.
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