winter

The cold season calls for heavy duty moisturizing – all over. Because during the winter months, the low humidity and cold and dry air causes your skin to evaporate water quicker, leaving it tight and flaky. So you’ve got to replenish your skin with the moisture it needs, otherwise hello spider skin, how are you?

 

Below are a few tips to keep your skin looking hella fresh and hella healthy during the crazy chilly season.

 

SKIP THE HOT WATER

Before you gasp at the thought of not showering with hot water during winter, hear me out! By all means, take a hot shower if that gets you going, but wash your face and hands with lukewarm water, and then cold to close the pores. Hot water strips away a lot of the natural oils of your skin, so even if you’re taking the plunge into a steaming bath, take care of your face!

 

MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!

Post shower, don’t let your skin sit naked for too long as this further dries it up. Moisturizing damp skin seals the dampness, and in turn gives you softer, healthier looking skin. Also, when it comes to your face, opt for an oil-based moisturizer rather than a water-based one as it retains moisture longer. If you can’t invest in a separate moisturizer altogether, I like to mix in a few drops of facial oil in my creams to make my skin more plump.

 

SPF!

Just because you can’t see the sun in the winter doesn’t mean it isn’t there. So keep your SPF routine going, and don’t forget to cover up! Cold winds are bad for you too!

 

HYDRATE

Yes, we tend to drink less water in winter because

  1. We consume hotter beverages more
  2. Nobody has the time to run to the loo every 5 minutes.

But hydrating doesn’t mean loading up on water. You can have a nice cup of warm water with lemon – it’s pretty hydrating and will keep you cozy too. You can also eat foods with high water content as they will hydrate you from the inside out.

 

USE HYDRATING/DIY MASKS

There are a bunch of Korean masks available online that are very hydrating. And if you want to look for something in your own kitchen, use ingredients like honey, yoghurt, olive/jojoba/almond oils. Mix whatever you like, apply and leave it on your face for 10-20 minutes. Wash off and enjoy!

 

PRO TIP: For an extra ounce of suppleness, apply Vaseline to your hands and feet, wear cotton gloves and socks and leave overnight. You will wake up to softer, smoother skin.