We’re at that time of year when our skin starts to lose its lustre and is beginning to look dull. Nobody likes it but, if you are someone who’s wanting to take charge of it, it is time to add these five must-dos to your cold-weather skincare routine.
Remember to scrub off dead skin
Even if your skin is dry or not particularly greasy, you need to exfoliate. It might seem like a lot to do in winter, but for most people living in the northern parts of India, this time of the year brings a lot of pollution-caused build-up. Dirt and the usual dead skin cells can form a layer of grime on the skin, making it look dull and dry. Exfoliating regularly is the key to combat dulness in the first step.
Use vitamins C and E for a lit-from-within glow
Vitamin C is known for its skin-brightening benefits because it not only helps lighten scars and reduce pigmentation, but it helps make the skin glow.In addition to that, it will keep the skin plump and hyfrated, exactly what is needed to beat the harsh weather.
Eat and sleep smartly
Regularly drinking alcohol and caffeine dehydrate the skin and sugary foods break down collagen and elastin over time, dulling complexions. If you can’t cut down o coffee and sugar, ensure that you drink lots of water and eat more colourful and green vegetables — they help balance your body’s pH levels. If all of that sounds like a lot of work, just doze off because, skin cells turn over while you sleep. It really does make a difference
Set a hydration routine
The primary cause of dull skin in the winter is a lack of moisture in the air. This means a heavy cream or oil is no more going to cut it. Creams help create a protective barrier but that is about it. They don’t do the ultimate job of nourishing your skin or preventing moisture from escaping its deeper layers. If there is no natural moisture in the first place, these creams can’t do much.
All we mean to suggest is, you need to infuse moisture through other methods. This means applying water-rich products to your skin first and then adding a lipid barrier like butter, cream, or oil in the form of serum or facial oils.
Any product which has hyaluronic acid helps promote moisture, so do gel creams and essences. Hydrating toners also quench dehydrated skin well.