The season has changed and the cold makes you slump and smile at the same time. But apart from enjoying the chills, the lack of humidity in the air is bound to affect your skin. Scaly patches on your legs, roughness on your arms and the constant need to use a moisturiser can sometimes make you irritated. Worry not (that'll only cause wrinkles), instead check out our must-dos for moisturizing your skin this winter.
We know you're pressed for time but if a 5-minute massage can help you skip all that moisturiser-madness, then we suggest you do it. Coconut oil or mustard oil are the most easily available oils in most of our households. Since coconut oil freezes this time of the year, many of us go for mustard oil (it's richer in texture). If you mind the smell, and are willing to spend some money on it, look for natural ingredients like Mashobra honey which you can get from Forest Essentials Mashobra Honey and Vanilla Bath & Shower Oil, (Rs. 1,075), or Tatha's Kesar Massage oil, (Rs. 1,800) which works well for sensitive skin, or L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, (Rs. 690) if almond oil is your thing.
The power of a hot shower (and epsom salts) can make all your stress melt away in moments. We get it. But hot, and we mean HOT, water leaves your skin parched from within, not to mention opening up your pores too. Our suggestion: bring up the temperature and move to at least warm, if not tepid water. Next, take hot showers that are not longer than 10 minutes. You'll probably end up doing some damage control then.
Pick creamy moisturisers with anti-oxidants, vitamins and rich butters to keep your skin soft for hours. Use moisturisers that have a long stay life and are enriched with products like squalane, hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids. The ideal time to lock in moisture between the layers of your skin is when you step out of a bath. Since your skin is clean and damp, it absorbs the oil much faster and quicker. You can try Lakme Peach Milk Moisturizer, (Rs 190), with the goodness of peaches or L'occitane En Provence Arlesienne Beauty Milk, (Rs 2,050), formulated with shea butter.
You may not be flaunting your legs as much as you did in summer, but that doesn’t mean you neglect your hands and feet altogether this season. The chilly weather along with exposure to soap, chemicals and dust could result in extremely dry skin. Looks for cupacao, shea and cocoa butters in a hand cream since they are natural ingredients and work as humectants (meaning they attract moisture to skin) and smell yummy. Try L'occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, (Rs 650) or Oriflame Milk & Honey Gold Nourishing Hand & Body Cream, (Rs 529). Apply thick foot care cream like Nyassa Treat for the Feet, (Rs 400), that comes with rejuvenating ingredients like sea salts and peppermint essential oil. You can even try Just Herbs Calendula-Peppermint Crack Cure Foot Cream, (Rs 295). Apply these at bedtime, put on a pair of socks and wake up to soft feet.
A lot of us think that facial oils can lead to breakouts, but unless you have extremely problematic skin, you have nothing to worry about. Facial oils are really great, especially this time of the year when your face can feel dry despite applying a day cream. A good way to add facial oils to your regime is to double it up as a makeup remover, or use it at night. Look for Tea Tree Oil if you're prone to breakouts (or have an odd pimple from time to time), Grapeseed Oil, a powerhouse of antioxidants to brighten your skin, or even Chamomile Oil if you feel any inflammation or irritation on the face. Take 2-3 drops on a cotton bud and dab it (don't rub) in circular motions on a clean face. However, if you have been diagnosed with rosacea, it's wise to consult your dermatologist beforehand.
A warm room, candle lights, relaxing music and a trained massage therapist is all you need to make the most of this season. Winter is the best time to pamper your skin with relaxing aroma oil body massages and nourishing French facials. Opt for an oil massage once in 2 weeks and a facial once in a month depending on your choice.