The harsh cold of the changing seasons can give your skin quite a shock during the first few temperature drops. Here’s our step-to-step guide on how to keep your skin soft and glowing during the cold season.
Step 1: To start, you need to stay hydrated. When it’s cold outside, people have a tendency to replace water with warm beverages like coffee, tea and hot chocolate. While these drinks will warm you up, they won’t hydrate you like plain purified water.
Keep in mind that when you’re hydrated on the inside, it shows on the outside. Try drinking at least 1 litre of purified water on a daily basis to keep your skin looking its best. Do not use hot water to bathe or shower. The hotter the water, the drier it will make your skin, because the heat strips your skin of its natural oils. Also, if your shower or bath water is very hot, you can end up with broken capillary veins, as the heat will help to expand your blood vessels.
For best results, use a body scrub or loofah twice a week, and concentrate on dry areas and areas of hard skin such as your elbows and heels.
Step 2: Apply a face mask at least once a week. Take care of your facial skin by applying a facial scrub to remove dead skin cells, followed by a suitable face mask, since skin will be more receptive after the scrub. It is a good idea to shower with the mask since the warmth from shower or bath water will help pores open and the mask will be more effective.
Step 3: Don’t forget to apply a facial moisturiser and body lotion. After removing your facial mask, use a toner on your skin. You may then apply eye cream or gel and a facial moisturiser. When you exit your bath or shower, see that you towel dry yourself well in order to apply a body lotion that keeps skin supple and well protected from the cold outside. If lips become dry, use a lip balm daily.
If very cold, protect your hands by wearing gloves. If necessary, wear a scarf and cover your mouth with it. If raining and your shoes and socks get wet, change immediately when you get home and dry your skin well.