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4 Easy Ways to Help Transition Your Skincare to Winter

The Winter weather is not kind to skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air. This leaves your skin very dry, and without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding; furthermore, harsh winter wind exacerbates the problem. Indoor heat, and hot showers or baths also remove moisture from the air. Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more, so that your skin remains looking younger, smoother and glowing. Here are a few tips that you can add to your routine this winter season to reduce chapped, red and itchy skin, keeping your skin healthy and comfortable.

Moisturise
Moisturise

Moisturise

During the winter season, there’s nothing quite like a steamy shower. Unfortunately, hot water dries out skin by stripping away oil—in the long run you are better off shortening and cooling your bathing routine. Your skin not only needs more moisture - instead, moisturise right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash. You also need to be careful when buying a moisturiser, as some over-the-counter moisturisers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually dry your skin even more in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Choose an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture.
You also need to ditch harsh soaps and cleansers. Try to avoid face washes or serums that promise plenty of exfoliation or contain acne-targeting acids, which will leave skin stripped of their natural oils. Even your standard bar of soap might cause trouble in the winter months. Look for cleansers that contain added moisturisers - especially ones meant for sensitive skin.

Exfoliate
Exfoliate

Exfoliate

We all know that the most effective skincare routine involves cleansing, toning, moisturising and exfoliating. But as temperatures drop, we dread exfoliating our skin. Who would want to worsen skin that’s already dry and itchy by scrubbing it and drying it out even further? We skip the exfoliation step because of this. It turns out that not just the skin on your face, but also your body, elbows, heels and lips need thorough exfoliation during the winter season. Exfoliation is mainly done to get rid of all the dead skin cells. This results in a clear complexion. Skin cells dehydrate and dry faster during the winter season. Getting rid of these dead skin cells is important for new, healthier cells to develop. Once or twice a week you will want to give your skin some replenishment in the form of exfoliation.
When your skin is properly exfoliated, it soaks in the moisturiser more efficiently. If you skip exfoliation during winter and moisturise over dead skin cells, there is little point to the entire exercise. The cells will instead block the moisture and defeat the purpose of moisturising.

Foundation
Foundation

Foundation

Picking the right foundation in winter is hard enough without having to worry about "Winter Face" - the dry, pale and ghostly look. It's what becomes of our faces six months out of the year— the dryness, dullness, inexplicable oily patches, blotchiness, and flaking that result from getting slapped in the face by the freezing winds outside, and having the moisture sucked from your skin by dry, stale, heated air inside. Even worse, when you apply foundation in an effort to hide all that ugliness, it can often accentuate those dry patches, and end up looking weirdly cakey. When it is cold, we can’t use the same products that we used in summer. In winter our skin becomes more vulnerable, and therefore needs more care, because low temperatures affect it in a negative way. The most important thing is to avoid matte foundations. When you try to find the perfect foundation or any other item for your skin, you should bear in mind some peculiarities of your skin and its type. Sometimes it can be reasonable to avoid products which have a mattifying effect. For instance, if you have a dry skin and use matte foundation, your skin will become even drier. In such instances it won’t look good. If you have combination skin, you may have some problems with your T-zone, then matte foundation will be helpful. It is obvious that your choice of products for face care in winter depends on your skin type. Perhaps you will have to try different products before you can find the perfect one just for you.

Hair Products
Hair Products

Hair Products

It doesn't take long into the cold, dry season of the year before your hair starts to misbehave. The problem with winter hair blues is that they can turn into irreversible damage. Fly-aways, static, dry scalp, frizzy ends, and brittle hair are all tell-tale signs that winter is wreaking havoc on your crowning glory. There are a few products that you can try out that will ensure that your hair is taken care of during the dry months. You should always use a good quality hair oil. If you're not using one, now is the time to invest in one for a fast answer to nearly every winter hair issue. Rub it in your hair before you blow-dry for added moisture, increased shine, and beautiful manageability. Dab a little onto your hair when it's dry, and those fly-a-ways are suddenly history. Hair oil will actually help strengthen your hair over time, and improve the look of dry, brittle hair and help prevent split ends. Taking care of dry, winter hair starts in the shower. A great hydrating shampoo infuses moisture into your hair, replacing moisture. When switching to a hydrating shampoo, try using a hydrating formula for every-other shampoo, and increase as necessary, until you get results. You should also not wash your hair often. You can get more days out of your shampoo by using a dry shampoo on the days that you feel a little oily. You can also use a dry shampoo for added volume on freshly-washed hair days. It is advisable to find an everyday conditioner that will add moisture without being too heavy on your hair. Do not skip your conditioner, as this will result in split ends, especially during the winter months.

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