If you have dry skin, it definitely needs that extra care and moisture during the cold and harsh winter months. The cold air that surrounds you lacks moisture and can make your skin look dull and dehydrated.

Therefore, it is of utmost importance to take proper care of your skin during these times. The weather can also lead to flaky skin and cause irritation and other allergic reactions. The results can be temporary or permanent and can wreak havoc to your skin. In order to prevent these issues caused by winter and keep it looking healthy and pretty, it is crucial to follow the right skin care routine for your skin.

Steps to take when caring for dry skin:

1. Do not take hot showers
While it is tempting and comforting to take super-hot showers during winters, repeated use of hot water will dry out your skin. It is better to use warm water rather than hot water. It will help in keeping the moisture locked in and not let your skin become flaky, dry and itchy.

2. Use thick oil based moisturiser
No amount of moisture is more for dry skin during winters. If you have dry skin, make sure to use thick oil-based moisture to keep the skin hydrated. Use a moisturizer right after a warm shower or after washing your face so as to keep the moisture locked in. This will keep the harsh dry skin symptoms at bay during these months of winter. Consulting our specialist at Geetanjali Salons will help you choose the right kind of moisturizer or cream for your skin that will keep the hydration and not harm your skin.

3. Use bath oils or body cleansing oils rather than soap or shower gels
When taking a warm bath, make sure you use bath oils and body cleansing oil based products to carefully take care of your skin. Soaps and shower gels are great during normal weather but can cause your skin to turn dry and flaky. Try using plant based oils ingredients that act as a good barrier for your moisture retention.

4. Do not wash your face more than twice a day
Over washing is a big no-no especially during winter time. With every wash, you strip your skin of all the natural oils that keep your skin hydrated. As a person with dry skin, you are already deprived of the production of ample of amount of natural oils to keep your skin hydrated. So washing your face a number of times will deprive you of those oils and make your skin dry and flaky. Thus making you look dull and cause irritation. You should only wash your face twice, once in the morning and once in the evening so as to not aggravate your dry skin during this harsh winter season.

5. Always use a sunscreen when stepping out of your home
Even though it is a treat to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin on a cold winter day, don’t you forget to wear sunscreen. A good sunscreen application on all exposed skin parts will protect your kin from UV rays, which cause serious damage to your skin and make it dry and dull. If you are in the Sun for long, don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen every three to four hours.

6. Drink sufficient water
Along with applying sunscreen, we often tend to forget to hydrate during winters. The cold temperatures make it seem that we donot need to drink plenty of water like we do in summertime, but proper hydration or drinking a glass of water every few hours is of utmost importance. This is the easiest and best way to take care of skin in winters and it also heals dry skin.

7. Avoid using products that contain alcohol
Products such as toners that have alcohol tend to absorb moisture from the skin, thus making it dry and flaky. Therefore, it is best to avoid using such products during winters.

8. Use a serum at night
Serum is one such product that is a concoction of ingredients that moisturize the skin thoroughly. People with dry skin should use serums that contain vitamin C and E. They not only repair the skin from inside. Hyaluronic acid helps in absorbing the moisture from air and pulling it to the surface of the skin and moisturizes it in good capacity. It also brightens the skin and combats free radicals.

9. Do not rub fabric on your face while drying it down
After washing your face, it is better to pat your skin dry rather than vigorously rubbing it as it tends to tear the skin tissue by friction.

10. Using scrubs and exfoliators with harsh ingredients
Many skin care companies have gone overboard with their products and used ingredients such as walnuts and other harmful ingredients. Apart from this, the use of sulphates and carbon monoxides in the products can cause serious damage and dryness of the skin. So, do not use such products that harm your skin more than they benefit it.

11. Do not invest in 24 hour impact products
Our skin is perceptible to change throughout the day. From fighting the pollution and UV rays in the morning to cell repair at night. Therefore, using products that have a 24 hour impact is not a good option. You should invest in the regular products that have a natural wear of eight to ten hours.

We all have had terrible experience with dry skin, as it not only looks pale and unappealing but also cause irritation and uncomfortable itching that can carry on throughout the day. The lack of absorbed moisture, loss of collagen, depletion of natural oils and destruction of skin’s protective layers can be caused by both internal and external factors. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to have a good skincare routine based on your skin, for every season.

Our professionals at Geetanjali Salon are well versed in the requirements of every skin types and suggest the products that are suited to dry skin for a glowing and confident you.