by Aarti Kapur Singh
This winter, make sure to have these 10 skincare products in your beauty kit
The skin is the largest organ we have, with a surface area of two square meters. Winter can play havoc on your skin, stripping it off the moisture. We turned guinea pigs to check which products available in the market will keep your skin healthy and glowing. These are some of the tried and tested products that emerged clear winners.
1. Anti-ageing Face Scrub: Scrubs have a tendency to dry skin that tends to dry up in any case due to the cold. Dry skin tends to wrinkle faster. Ensure that your scrub is either of a creamy texture or has been fortified with anti-ageing ingredients so that skin does feel nourished and not stretched.
2. Massage Soap: We all love multi-taskers and soaps that not only cleanse the skin as well as boost circulation are good products that give you two benefits for the price of one. Such a soap is your masseur and stress-reliever. Look for coffee or cinnamon-based soaps as well as those that have bumpy textures to stimulate micro-circulation. Regular use on upper-arms and thighs will also help you to get rid of cellulite.
3. Body Custard: With a name that is so delicious, these rich emollients are great for those with dry skin or for winter months when the skin becomes robbed of its natural oils. A custard has a fluffy texture and so do these products while being creamy, don’t clog pores or give you a sticky or shiny complexion.
4. Nourishing Body Lotions: Anoint dry and dehydrated skin with quenching and nourishing lotions that heal dry, inflamed, over worked stressed skins. Best applied after a bath to damp skin, moisturizing lotions could be reapplied to elbows and knees through the day as well.
5. Sunscreen: Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can put away your sunscreen. Contrary to what one might think, the sun is not less harmful in winter. Even though there are plenty of winter layers to keep you warm (and covered), don’t forget to keep your face, neck, and hands protected from the sun’s harmful rays. The colder seasons mean the ozone layer is thinning out. So, there is less ozone in our atmosphere to absorb the sun’s UV radiation. Even though it feels colder outside, there’s actually more of the sun’s harmful rays hitting the earth’s surface and, yes, your skin. Prevent getting a cold-weather burn by using a product with SPF 30 or more.
6. Serums: If you do only one extra thing in winter to save your skin, let it be using a serum. A serum has the power to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers – something a moisturizer cannot do (no matter how much you apply). Reap the benefits of an effective serum, to address whatever havoc winter is wreaking on your skin, from repairing the texture to plumping with radiance. Allow a minute or two for the serum to sink in before you moisturize.7. Hydrating Sprays: Face and body mists combat dehydration from extreme temperatures, calm the skin and protect against itchy and dry skin. Toners are different to mists in that they’re designed to complete the cleansing process and can dry out the skin –best avoided in winter unless you have very oily skin. Some mists are just thermal or mineral water.Then there are the new-generation sprays, which have water but also hydrating ingredients like essential oils, botanical extracts or glycerin. Depending on the condition of your skin, you can choose which to have. Hold it about five or six inches away from your face and spritz. Let it sit for maybe a minute or so, and then do blot off the excess with a tissue before applying moisturizer.
8. Night Creams: Night creams play an important role in winter skin care. A rich nourishing and emollient night cream prevents and heals dry skin in winter. A gentle massage on the face with your favorite night cream before bedtime is a perfect way to end your day’s beauty regime. Night creams work when you sleep and over time, they nourish, replenish and clarifies your skin. Actually, the skin’s power of absorption increases at night when one sleeps. Therefore, a night cream should be a part of every woman’s routine in order to smoothen out wrinkles and make skin look healthy.
9. Body Oils: Switching from your regular moisturizer to a body oil can offer an ideal solution to even the most inflammatory skin conditions. Body oils are often surprisingly non-greasy and quickly absorbed, delivering much needed moisture to the places where your skin needs it the most. Typically they are clear in color, with the most effective being free from chemicals and artificial coloring and suitable for use on your face too. Investing in a face and body oil is a cost effective skincare choice. A little goes a long way and you need only a few drops of oil to cover a significant area of your skin. Again, follow our advice above and apply immediately after bathing or showering for maximum skin hydration. A face and body oil may be just the thing tired skin needs during the autumn and winter months. Do remember to gently exfoliate your body to shed old skin cells and allow for better penetration of oils.
10. Hand and Nail Creams: In winter, the air is dry so your hand skin gets rough easily. Nevertheless you have to work with hands every day, so it’s hard for your skin to heal. When the temperatures drop, exposure to the elements can mean dry, brittle nails easily prone to breakage and infection. Nurse your nails back to health this season with regular use of hand and nail creams. Apply generously at night, locking in the moisture with cotton gloves before going to sleep.
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