How to get healthy and glowing skin in Winter
How to get healthy and glowing skin in Winter
Winters are undoubtedly harsh for the skin. It not only requires a swap in your wardrobe but your skincare regimen too. The question arises, why does skin become dry, rough, and dull during winters? Because chilled air does not have the capacity to hold moisture, it makes the air dry resulting in loss of moisture and essential oils from the skin. On the other hand, indoor heating strips off whatever little moisture is left in the air making your skin dry, tight, rough, flaky, and dull.While the most affected are the dry, sensitive, and aging skin, but other skin types need special attention too. For healthy skin that glows, it is crucial to maintain a daily skincare routine twelve months a year. Just swapping (or adding) a few skincare habits during winters brings a healthy glow to your skin. Let us detail a few practices you should adopt to seamlessly adapt to a winter skincare routine that gives you healthy and glowing skin in this harsh season.
- Swap to a gentle cream-based or oil-based cleanser. You can use the same cleanser all year long if it suits your skin. But, if it tightens or dries your skin during winters, it is better to swap to a gentle oil-based or cream-based cleanser. These will not rip your skin of essential oils and clean it thoroughly. Ensure your oil-based cleansers do not leave any oily residue on the skin as it clogs the pores. Or better, use a hydrating alcohol-free toner to remove any residue left after using an oil-based cleanser. Go for an oil-based cleanser that removes excess oil and leaves the skin moisturized. A gentle sulfate-free cleanser with lactic acid also helps to get rid of excess oil while hydrating the skin.
- Exfoliating your face. When done right, exfoliation removes all dead skin cells from the topmost layer of your skin. It removes dry and flaky skin and helps in the regeneration of new skin cells. Make sure to use a gentle exfoliator that suits your skin type and does not rip the skin of essential oils. Exfoliation also preps your skin for serum and moisturization. Exfoliating once a week is good for your skin, but you can do it twice a week if your skin allows or needs it. You can also use Ansaligy’s hydrogel face mask with amber powder granules that work as a gentle exfoliator, and it comes with hyaluronic acid in serum that hydrates and plumps the skin.
- Exfoliate the lips. Once a week, exfoliate your lips to remove dead skin. Use a home-made scrub like sugar with honey and gently rub on the lips for three to four minutes. Sugar exfoliates, and honey hydrates. Make sure to moisturize them afterward with a lip balm.
- Hyaluronic acid should be an essential part of winter skincare. Winters take away a good amount of hydration from deep skin, leaving the skin dehydrated, dull, dry, and rough. Dehydrated skin is also at risk of early aging. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that helps retain and lock moisture into the skin. Dermatologists recommend incorporating hyaluronic acid in your winter skincare regimen to ward off dehydrated skin.
One way to include a high concentration of Hyaluronic acid in your skincare is by using a Serum. Serum is a potent potion that repairs and replenishes the skin from within. Use highly hydrating serums that contain hyaluronic acid. It helps to retain hydration into the skin and creates a skin barrier to lock the moisture. Long-lasting hydration also helps to delay signs of aging.
- Moisturize! Moisturize! Serum hydrates the skin but works best in combination with a moisturizer. Why? Because serum can sometimes tighten the dehydrated skin, but if used with emollients and occlusives present in a moisturizer, it leaves the skin nourished without any sign of dehydration. However, it is best to switch to a cream-based moisturizer during winter that locks moisture in the skin for long hours and improves the skin barrier. People with oily skin can go for an oil-free moisturizer that controls oil production and delivers optimum moisture to the skin.
- Do not forget the SPF and face oil. Winter sun might not be harsh, but it still has UV rays that damage the skin. Use lightweight SPF protection as per your skin type. Make sure it doesn’t dry your skin. For face oil, you can go for any non-comedogenic one that does not clog the pores. Face oils are highly concentrated formulas to balance hydration and moisturization in the skin. They also protect the skin from pollutants, toxins, and other harmful environmental factors.
- Face masks come to your rescue. Winter skin becomes irritated, itchy, dry, and dull. Face masks hydrate and plump the skin within a few minutes. Face masks with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin and moisturizing ingredients like niacinamide provide ample hydration and moisturization to the skin. These ingredients help retain and lock moisture into the skin to make it refreshed, clean, glowy, and plumped. You can go for Ansaligy face masks with hyaluronic acid that promises to erase signs of aging, provide ample hydration to the skin and make it plump and refreshed.
Foods to Eat for Healthy and Glowing Skin
Eating a clean and balanced diet has a long-lasting impact on the skin too. Foods rich in antioxidants and healthy fats are great for clean, healthy, and glowing skin. Let us list a few of them.
- Eat your greens. “Eat your greens,” you probably hated when your mom said those words when you were small. But guess what? All the green vegetables are your best friend if you wish to maintain healthy and glowing skin. Regularly eat green vegetables like spinach, kale, lettuce, and broccoli that are highly antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and have vitamin K to nourish the skin.
- Carrots and Beets. Carrots are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A. Vitamin C, as an antioxidant, repairs the skin, boosts collagen and fights free radicals. Highly nutritious carrots help ward off wrinkles, fine lines, and aging skin. Beetroot is also an antioxidant that purifies the blood and cleanses the skin of all toxins. It makes the skin healthy and delays signs of aging.
- Berries. As we all know, berries are antioxidant-rich foods that help fight free radicals produced by sun damage, pollution, and smoke. It cleans the skin of all toxins and keeps away wrinkles or any other signs of aging.
Other habits to adopt to maintain that winter glow
- Water! Water! And more water! It is quite natural to not feel thirsty in winters. But maintaining healthy skin and body requires at least 8-10 glasses of water in a day. Drinking sufficient water keeps your body hydrated and skin supple and soft.
- Go for a Humidifier. When winter weather steals all the moisture from the air, you can still increase the humidity level indoors by using a humidifier. A humidifier works by releasing water vapor into the air and increasing the level of moisture indoors. You can use this device at night when your skin repairs and replenishes itself.
- Do not skip your workout. It’s quite apparent people become lazy during winters. But just like eating, sleeping, and working, it is crucial that you exercise as well. When you work out, you sweat, and this sweat unclogs the pores and releases all the dirt and oil from the pores. It helps to avoid breakouts. Working out not only gives you a toned body, but it also gives you healthy skin.
As cozy as the winters may sound, it still has severe effects on your skin. Switch (or adopt) a few skincare habits, and you are not far from achieving healthy, glowing, and youthful skin in winters too.