We all have a love hate relationship with the winter season. On one hand It’s a time to cool down from the hot summer season, but on the other hand this means dry, dull, chapped skin. For those who went to boarding school with no geysers or boilers, second term was the worst. Talk about frost bites, bathing in cold water and never feeling warm at all. However since that time is long gone and the horrible memories we have tried to forget, lets talk about taking better care of our skin during the winter season. According to dermatologists the parchedness and dryness of our skin during winter is a result of our skin cracking from the temperature changes leaving the skin unable to repair itself. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your skin looking gorgeous this winter!
Exfoliating your skin regularly is a tried, tested and effective way to get rid of dead skin cells. Exfoliating allows moisturizer to penetrate the skin better which promotes cellular renewal by allowing new, moist skin cells to surface. The new cells are deeply penetrated with moisture so they will help keep your skin hydrated longer.
After exfoliating it is vital to moisturise your skin. This creates and maintains a healthy glow in your skin all winter long. There are several moisturizers to choose from in our local stores all depending on your skins needs. Using a daily moisturizer that contains ingredients such as vitamin E, shea butter or any other natural moisturizing element will keep your skin from feeling the effects of winter. You may notice that moisturizers have different consistencies. Lotions are light and absorb fast and creams are heavier and thicker. For people with dry to extra dry skin they may need to use creams which are substantial and stay longer on the skin. For people with normal to oily skin it would be best to use lotions.
Winter season is the time to look good in spite of the icy temperatures. Make up contributes to looking good and enhancing our best features. A good scrub or exfoliation and moisturizer would be a base for gorgeous make up. Look for make up with moisturizing ingredients (your vitamin E oils). This is the best time to use those stick foundations and cream foundations, since cool winter temperatures do not melt away your foundation. Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen to prevent skin damage while sun bathing for warmth.
The lip skin is very thin, more sensitive, has no oil or sweating glands and no hairy coverage that can protect the lips from the cruel weather. So, the lips get harmed easily. And winter is the biggest worst condition to meet up the lips with dry, chapped, flaky, cracked, painful or sore state. Of course, there are other reasons to cause dry lips, including dehydration, licking lips, excessive use of chemical products, etc. Apply moisturizing lip balm or Vaseline petroleum jelly when doing the rest of your skin care. This creates a protective barrier between your lips and the cold air.
During winter some people get dry roughed up, callus feet and heels (man’a as we know them in Shona). To curb this problem in winter it is advised to buff away callus with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone ( kukwesha man’a) and slather on a thick layer of moisturizer while feet are still damp and wear thick socks. Do this religiously and you will notice a difference within a week. After a month you will have baby soft feet. Thank us later!