8 Tips To Keep Your Skin Looking Gorgeous This Winter

Drink lots of water: People tend to drink less water during winters but it is highly important to hydrate your skin from within. Carry a bottle of water with you whenever you step outside. Herbal tea is also a great remedy to moisturise your skin from within. Don’t leave your skin thirsty. Drink more water and help your skin retain its shine. Bathe with lukewarm water: Winter is the time when your skin and hair needs maximum attention. Though the idea of piping hot water is very tempting, stick to a lukewarm water bath every day. Make sure you use a mild non-drying soap or a moisturising soap to prevent your skin from getting dry and itchy. Keep your skin moisturisedChoose a good, oil-based moisturiser to keep the skin moisturised and soft. Pay special attention to the exposed parts (and the most affected areas) like your hands, nails, feet and lips. Keep them well moisturised at all times. Use a lip balm to keep your lips soft and supple. Lip balm with SPF works better. Even those who have oily skin must use light moisturising lotions after cleansing to keep the skin soft. Use a good sunscreen: People like to enjoy the sun during winters but little do they know that exposure to the sun can harm their skin in winter too. Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or more when you step out in the open. In fact, it should be a part of your daily routine throughout the year. Don’t say goodbye to your sunscreen just because summer is over. Do not lick your lips: Winter is the season of chapped lips and licking them will make them more chapped. Instead, use a good lip balm, preferably which contains tea tree oil as it helps heal painful cracks. Order up some salmon:  A fat-free diet may help you slip into your jeans, but can exacerbate dry skin. Instead, focus on consuming the right fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are a natural part of the skin’s top layer,” explains Susan Blum, assistant clinical professor of preventive medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and founder of the Blum Center for Health. “They are important for the function of your skin’s barrier. With low amounts, your skin can lose water, which can lead to dryness.” Foods rich in omega-6 include safflower, grape seed, poppy seed, sunflower and corn oils, as well as wheat germ. Those bursting with omega-3 are cold-water fatty fish (wild salmon, sardines and mackerel), flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, walnuts and green leafy vegetables. Phyto also offers PhytoPhanere, a supplement in caplet form that combines nourishing vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants designed to promote healthy skin. Oil up on the outside, too: Applying oil to damp skin can help trap moisture as well as keep the skin’s natural barrier intact. The key is to use a fast-absorbing body oil that offers all the hydration without the mess to leave your skin soft and smooth. Try: Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treatment, which starts as a gel but turns into an oil once it hits your skin and has a subtle honey-lavender scent. Pace your exfoliating: Here’s one of winter’s catch 22’s. Your complexion looks dry and flaky so you reach for your favorite scrub to remove the dead skin, but the skin’s top protective layer is what retains much-needed moisture. What to do? Exfoliate using a gentle non-scrub cleanser and a rotating brush, like the Clarisonic, and do so only one to three times per week. Immediately after cleansing, apply a rich cream to damp skin. “This helps your moisturizer absorb better because the dry, dead cells, which can block penetration, are removed,” says Francesca Fusco, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Source Article: http://hijabchicblog.com/2013/12/8-tips-keep-skin-looking-gorgeous-winter.html Photo: www.freeedigitalphotos.net

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