Skin Care In Winters
In winters too like in summers, skin gets tanned and starts to have burning sensation. This is because of the severe cold condition, which is known as wind burn. The bitter cold winds can strip the skin of its moisture leaving it prone to itching, cracking and bleeding. Often the skin turns red and will have an inflammation on both hands and feet. Upon itching, one should not scratch lest it leads to wound, which will again take long time to heal. Apart from applying moisturiser, the best remedy is to keep your feet elevated.
The other parts of the body that are most affected by the winter chill are nose, lips and ears. You should keep these parts covered by wearing caps, scarf, shawl, etc. Apply lip balm or plain Vaseline gel to your lips to be protected from cracks and dryness.
It is normal to sit near bonfire or heater in extreme cold conditions. Sitting very near to the fire damages the skin by giving cracks. You should bring the body to normal temperature gradually.
SOME OTHER PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN BEFORE GOING OUT DURING WINTER
- Avoid using soaps during winters as it tends to make the skin dry. If one goes out in cold weather after using soaps, the skin becomes brittle and the skin starts to burn. Instead you should use gram flour and yoghurt. If you prefer using soap, use the ones based on natural oils or glycerine, which may be a healthy alternative.
- Often men shave before going out. This will tend to give skin a burning sensation, as the inner layer cells are exposed to the harsh winter chill. So do it a little before going out, so that the skin gets accustomed to the weather condition before you go out.
- Use of perfumes in winters is also not a good idea. All the perfumes contain alcohol. As soon as we apply perfume it, gets evaporated and makes the skin dry. This again lead, to burning sensation in the skin.
- If you are planning to go out to hill stations or cold places, it is always better to know the climatic conditions of the place before hand, so that you can carry the clothes accordingly. If you are on some medication, carry enough of medicines to last your trip.
- Some precautions should be taken while taking bath. Avoid taking bathe with very hot water because this can strip your skin of much of its moisture. After taking bath, do not rub the towel on the skin just tap yourself dry. As soon as you take a bath, apply good moisturiser or oil on the skin so that you do not have any burning sensation.
- Do not go out as soon as you take head bath. Even if you have to go out, dry your hair properly and cover with a scarf, a shawl, or a cap.
SOME NATURAL MOISTURISERS TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN
- Take 50g of honey wax, boil water in a big vessel and keep the wax in another container and put it in the big vessel. After melting slowly, add some aloe vera extract to it and mix well. It becomes a smooth paste. Store this in a bottle and apply regularly after taking bath to the body. This protects the skin by protecting the moisture from being evaporated.
- Mix coconut oil and water. As this turns to paste, it can be used on skin.
- Beat butter, cream or curds so that it can be finely mixed and can be used as a moisturiser.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna