Looking for home remedies for glowing skin this winter? If your skin feels irritated, dry, itchy and parched this season, then it may be time for you to try some natural winter skin care rather than simply slathering on a moisturizer. Here is what you can do to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized naturally all day long:
1. Avoid long hot showers
While it is true you would not want to shiver under the cold water, you’d be doing your skin a huge favor by turning down the heat. Shower for shorter duration if you hate tepid showers-this will save water and your skin. Do avoid heavily perfumes soaps and bodywashes to cleanse the skin; use mild herbal soaps or none at all.
Tip: Soak in warm water tub baths mixed with Epsom salts or colloidal oatmeal. These ingredients will not strip your skin off its natural oils and also keep it hydrated.
2. Do dry body brushing
Dry body brushing is an ancient technique prescribed by holistic practitioners in the East. Here is how it is done: Use a boar bristle brush to brush your entire body thoroughly before bathing. This technique removes dull and dry skin, improves blood circulation and also eliminates toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system making it function more efficiently.
Tip: Use the brush in strokes towards the heart starting from your extremities. Avoid sensitive areas.
3. Oil massages
Do a self massage before bathing. Use hydrating oils like Olive, Coconut, Sesame, Avocado, Jojoba, Argan or Almond oil to massage your hands, legs, stomach and face. You may also add a few drops of essential oils in the above base oils to make the massage more effective.
Here are some essential oils suitable for dry skin:
- Carrot seed
- Clary sage
- Lavender and
- Orange essential oils.
Bathe after the massage and do not use soap. Your skin will feel perfectly moisturized all day long!
4. Use a mild homemade cleanser suitable for your facial skin type
To keep your facial skin clean, avoid using harsh soaps or cleansers which contain alcohol. Use milky cleansers with soothing ingredients if you inherently have dry skin type. You can make a homemade scrub to cleanse the face once a week and keep it exfoliated without over-drying it: To a teaspoon of brown sugar, add ½ tsp of olive oil. Use the mixture on the face in circular motion. Wash off with tepid water. Do not use soap. If you have naturally oily skin, you can use chickpea flour, turmeric and water to clean and exfoliate the face. This face mask can prevent pimples and also exfoliate the clogged pores.
5. Moisturize with herbal ingredients
Moisturize your face and body with products containing herbs like calendula, aloe vera and green tea. Avoid products containing artificial colors, preservatives or dyes. Do not use products with mineral oil which are very heavy on the skin and clog pores causing breakouts.
6. Once-a-week homemade fruit facials
Homemade fruit facials are perfect for winter skin-pick-me-up. You can use any fruit like overripe bananas, papayas etc. Use the inner skin or pulp of these fruits on the face to exfoliate, heal, protect and even de-puff tired skin.
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7. Stay hydrated
This is the secret to well moisturized and glowing skin all year round. Drink water, decaffeinated green tea and herbal teas. Drink plenty of soups and broths. Stay away from alcohol, nicotine and caffeine which dry the skin up.
8. Eat plenty of fruit and veggies
Instead of desserts, go for a plate with fruits of different colors. This is one of the best kept secrets of women having glowing skin.
9. Hands and feet
Moisturize hands at night with shea or cocoa butter and wrap them up in socks. For feet, massaging with balms containing tea tree or peppermint oils can help fight fungal infections and soothe the cracks.
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10. For dry chapped lips
To keep lips moisturized all day, use lip salves or balms containing vitamin A-rich shea butter. You can also apply Olive oil, Avocado oil or Soybean oil to seal and lock in the moisture.
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Your strategy this winter to keep your skin moisturized all day long should be to hydrate and irrigate it from inside out. However, even the best skin needs help in the form of oils, creams, lotions and balms. We hope the above tips help you out!