Women look forward to winter for various reasons; some wait for that rosy glow on their cheeks while others just can’t get enough of the winter fashion. Some look forward to the holiday season while others are all set for Christmas. Amidst all of this, just the thought of dry, itchy & flaky skin can scare most women. The added pressure of looking flawless for every gathering wouldn’t have given you much time to chalk out a skin care routine for the upcoming months. Well, all you need to do is read on to put an end to your worries. We’ve touched upon the winter skincare routine for all skin types. (Hint – You’re about to get a kiss of organic goodness!)
Winter Skin Care Routine for Different Skin Types
When the cold, dry winds are at play, your skin loses most of its natural moisture, leaving you with pale skin and an itchy sensation. For women with sensitive skin, cosmetics and skin creams can be really tricky. Since women with different skin types combat various skin problems during the chilly months, the solution for each varies. Scroll on to brush up on your winter skin care routine based on your skin type.
1. For Normal Skin
If you’re one of those few lucky women who is blessed with normal skin, you already know that you need not go through extreme skincare routines to keep your skin healthy during winters. Keep a few tips handy so that your skin remains gentle in this harsh weather.
Hydrate your skin in the morning to help it retain its moisture throughout the day. First rinse your face with lukewarm water as soon as you wake up, to get rid of the excess dirt in your pores. While bathing, use a gentle facial cleanser that is ideal for all skin types to wash your face. Then pat it dry but don’t dry it out entirely. Apply a light moisturising cream while your face is still wet so that the cream blends well and spreads evenly. Do this every morning, and your skin will not complain.
Fortunately, the night routine for women with normal skin is quite simple. To keep your skin hydrated while you’re asleep, all you need is some rose water, glycerine and a cotton ball. Make a light mixture of glycerin and rose water and soak the cotton ball with it. Gently dab it on your forehead, cheeks, under-eyes and chin. Keep it overnight. You can store the rest of the mixture in the refrigerator. It works wonders to keep your skin hydrated and even-toned. Stick to this routine to get that pink blush on your cheeks, naturally.
2. For Sensitive Skin
If you’ve been dealing with skin-redness for quite some time, your skin reacts to products or cosmetics that you use for the first time, and you often see bumps and rashes on your face, then take the hint – you have sensitive skin. All these complexities can take a hike during winters. Here are the skincare routines recommended for women with oily skin.
As far as sensitive skin is concerned, you should be extra careful while picking your facial cleanser. Opt for a gentle face cleanser and minimise the repetitions so that you don’t wash off your natural oils. Pat your face dry completely. Then apply a mild moisturiser that suits your skin. For sensitive skin, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream works wonders in keeping the skin hydrated all day long. There are cheaper alternatives that work well too!
During winters, it’s best to ditch all makeup removers and stick to pure coconut oil. Then wash your face thoroughly with a facial cleanser, and while it’s still wet, apply some raw honey on it. Using your fingers, spread it evenly on your face and let it stay for 10 minutes. Then, rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry. Honey is antibacterial and is perfect for sensitive skin. Women who are allergic to honey can use natural aloe vera gel instead.
Pro tip – While purchasing cosmetics, read the contents thoroughly; long, complicated words indicate the host of unnatural ingredients present in the cosmetic which might not always be safe for sensitive skin.
3. For Dry Skin
Most women fall prey to dry skin during winter, no matter what their skin type, because cold winds absorb most of the moisture from your skin, leaving it rough and dull. The air outside is dry, but your skin need not be! This simple winter skincare routine is best suited for dry skin.
If your skin is naturally dry, exfoliating on a regular basis will only make it worse. Also, you should steer clear of foam-based face washes because of their tendency to dry out the skin. It’s best to stick to a gentle facial cleanser that is not just hydrating but also retains your natural moisture. Before going for a bath, apply some glycerine on your face and hands and let it stay for an hour or so. While bathing, opt for a gentle shower gel and avoid scrubbing your skin too much. You can go for a mild moisturiser for your face and arms so that it locks in your skin’s natural moisture.
Make sure you clean your makeup and wash your face thoroughly before going to bed. Glycerine and aloe vera go a long way in hydrating the skin and act as barriers protecting the skin’s natural moisture. Make a mixture of these two readily available ingredients and apply it to your face before going to bed. Leave it as is overnight and you will notice your skin feel soft and hydrated the next morning.
4. For Oily Skin
If your skin is greasy, you might think that cold winds will dry out the excess oil in your skin, but that’s not true. The dry, harsh weather tends to seep into the skin’s natural moisture barrier, especially when you have oily skin. Thus, the skin loses a lot of moisture and releases more oil into the pores to compensate for the loss. Well, we have a few tips that should help you tackle this situation.
Oily skin needs to be treated with care, especially during winter. The best thing you can do in the morning is to exfoliate. Scrub your face and body thoroughly but don’t be too harsh. Use a gentle exfoliating gel that is packed with vitamin E, at least twice a week. Most importantly, ensure that your last rinse is with cold water so that the pores close, avoiding excess dirt from slipping in. Next, moisturise! Make sure you pick a gel or water-based moisturiser instead of something creamy so that you don’t end up adding more oil to your skin.
Before going to bed, ensure that you remove your make-up and rinse your face using a gentle facial cleanser. This is essential to avoid dirt, sweat and cosmetics from mixing with the excessive moisture in your skin. Fuller’s Earth, commonly known as Multani Mitti is the best cleansing agent for oily skin. Mix it with some milk & rose water, make a smooth paste and apply it to your face before going to bed. It naturally absorbs the excess oil from the skin and helps maintain your skin’s pH levels. Wash it off with cold water after sometime. You can apply this mask to your face thrice a week, and you will surely notice your skin’s oiliness reducing.
Pro tip – For soft and supple skin, bathe with warm water mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil. This will keep your skin well-hydrated.
5. For Combination Skin
Combination skin can be tricky, especially when specific patches of your face are oily and others are dry. Women with this skin type often use different products for their T-zone (forehead, nose & chin) and others for their cheeks. This frightful weather can just worsen the situation for you. Here’s a simple routine that you can follow to prevent your skin from winter damage.
If you fall into this category, avoid products that make your skin greasy. Stick to a facial cleanser that is gentle on your skin. Make sure it’s good enough to maintain the balance between the oily and dry areas of your skin. Opt for a water-soluble facial cleanser and a toner that will keep your skin moisturised throughout the day. It’s best to stay away from richer and creamy textured moisturisers.
Lemon and aloe vera gel can be your best buddies this season. You need only mix a few drops of lemon in organic aloe gel and apply it on your face in the evening. Wash it off with cold water after 15-20 minutes. For best results, try Innisfree Aloe Revital Sleeping Pack. It’s a cream-type mask that is chemical-free. Spread it evenly on your face before going to bed and keep it overnight. It will soothe your skin keep it well-hydrated.
No matter what the skin type, most women have to make some adjustments to their winter skincare routine. But this does not mean that you have to spend a fortune on high-end skin products. Feed your skin some organic ingredients, and it’ll make your winters a lot easier. It’s that simple!