A steaming cup of hot chocolate and sitting around the bonfire with friends during the year-end break is all I can think of whenever someone talks about winter. In India, winter means different things in different parts of the country. While people in North India experience really cold temperatures, people in the western and southern regions enjoy pleasant weather. But most people experience dry, dehydrated, rough, sensitive, and chapped skin and lips. Enjoy the chilled wind and water on your face—that can be the best toner ever.
Look and feel of winter skin
Pale and dry
Dehydrated and flaky
Wrinkled under eyes
Dry frizzy hair
Prone to breakage
Dandruff at its peak
Winter special care
Go overboard with moisturizing: Apply your creamy moisturizer after cleansing your face off all the dead skin and grime as they can act as a barrier against the cream soaking into the skin. Apply moisturizer on damp skin. This not only spreads and hydrates better, but also seals the water on the skin.
Bear the burn: Every patient who comes to me in winter tells me, ‘Doc, my skin is so sensitive that any cream that I apply burns my skin,’ and so they don’t apply any cream at all. What causes the burning is dry and chapped skin, and by not applying cream, they worsen the situation. Even if it burns, don’t worry. Apply the cream and let it be. What you could do is spray a mist liberally and apply the cream on top before the effect of the mist dries off. Take plenty of warm fluid intake and healthy amounts of oils in the diet.
Look after your eyes and lips: They lack oil glands and the skin is thin, therefore it dries out and gets wrinkled and chapped. If on any night you do not feel up to skincare, a must-do is eye and lip cream. Since chapping can be a painful condition, give your lips some extra TLC (tender love and care). Exfoliate your lips gently with your finger, then apply a good cold cream, ghee, or 73
lip balm with beeswax. Avoid smacking and licking your lips, as it only aggravates the dryness.
Hands and feet need love: Please make sure the same care that you take with your face is extended to your body as well; especially the exposed parts. Generally, go for short bath with warm and not too hot water. Hot water bath is tempting but it also leads to skin’s drying. Do not step into a room with heaters immediately after a shower. Pat dry but before that, apply plenty of moisturizer on the damp body. A good but gentle exfoliation and oil indulgence helps. Post oil massage, do not overuse soap. Try a moisturizing body wash instead. Even a 5-minute pre-shower oil massaged on to the body helps in a big way.
Winter must dos
Move from a foamy face wash to a creamy one and cleanse your face not more than three times a day
Change liquid remover to a creamy one
Apply plenty of under eye and lip cream
Switch from shower gels to shower oils
Pre bath indulgence with a five minute oil massage
Oil hair overnight
Plenty of moisturizer
Long, hot baths
Petroleum jelly on your lips
Licking or smacking your lips