Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful.
And since we’ve got no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Winters might augur the prospect of much festivities what with Diwali, Christmas, New Years all celebrated during this time of the year. But winters are not good news for your skin, especially if you have normal to dry skin. Flaking, itching and stiffness of the skin are common problems during winters, and any neglect of proper skincare during this time may further aggravate the situation with skin dehydration, sensitive skin and red patches among the known skin ailments.
With the first issue of Osperi Recommends we are therefore going to chalk up a list of measures you can take to ensure that your skin looks and feels flawless during this “frightful” time of the year.
Moisturize – All of us have a moisturizer that works fine during spring and summer, but come winters and we realize how woefully inadequate it really is to the new demands that winter places on our skin. So a change of season requires a change of our skincare routine as well. Use an “ointment” moisturiser, which is oil-based rather than water-based, the oil creates a protective shield over the skin enabling it to retain more moisture than a regular cream or lotion. We recommend creating your own moisturiser in the comfort of your home, the Almond-Anti Ageing Moisturiser, which is power packed with Almond Oil (Oleic Acid), Coconut Oil (Highly Moisturising), and Shea Butter (Vitamin A, F,E). Find the recipe here.
Don’t forget the Sunscreen – No, sunscreen isn’t just for the summers. We all love to enjoy the sun during the winters, but it is important to remember that sun exposure hastens ageing and must be avoided. Try applying a broad spectrum sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply if you stay out for a longer duration. We recommend using natural essential oils like Red Raspberry Seed Oil and Carrot Seed Oil along with Zinc Oxide to create your own sunscreen – Red Raspberry Sunscreen. Find the recipe here.
Say no to Hot Baths – Sure, it feels awesome to jump in a hot bath post an exhausting cold day or for that matter a damp cold morning. It still must be avoided, since the heat from the bath breaks the lipid barriers of the skin and results in considerable loss of moisture. It is advisable to only use lukewarm water and keep the showers short during the winters. Don’t forget to moisturize immediately after taking a bath so as to lock in the moisture.
A healthy skin resides on a healthy body – Nutrition is one of the most important factors when it comes to having a healthy skin irrespective of the season. Make sure you are taking enough vitamin C and Zinc to ensure adequate production of collagen and elastin which fight against skin aging. Also keep your Omega-3 levels up by taking a doctor recommended supplement or consuming enough fatty fish and flaxseed to keep your skin supple and smooth.
Use a revitalising Night Cream – Nourishing the skin every night becomes all the more essential during the winters. Night time is ideal for cracked or irritated skin to effectively heal after a day’s worth of exposure to environmental agents, pollutants and irritants. Natural botanicals like Sandalwood Powder, Turmeric, Saffron when used along with Yogurt and Rose water form an effective night cream, Revitalising Night Cream. Find the recipe here.
Hydrate from the inside out – We tend to drink less water during winters while consuming more of the hot beverages like Tea and Cocoa. One should remember that a healthy skin needs hydration from the inside out and hence it is imperative that we drink atleast 2-3 litres of water every day to keep the skin supple and healthy.
Don’t over cleanse – Cleansers can be extremely drying for the skin especially if you are using ones which contain glycolic acid or salicylic acid which serve to rob the skin of its essential oils and moisture. We recommend alternating your cleanser with a homemade herbal cleanser , the ReGlow Cleanser. It combines Fuller’s Earth(Multani Mitti) with Honey and Saffron to effectively hydrate, nourish and cleanse the skin. Find the recipe here.
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