The basic principles of care remain unchanged in any season. It is cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing. Skin cleansing is one of the main steps in skin care. No magical remedy or serum with unique ingredients will benefit you if there is a layer of decorative cosmetics, dust or dead skin particles on the skin. Such is the nature of our skin! Do not forget about scrubs, peels and exfoliants. By the way, in winter you can get it from the far shelves and buy peels with fruit AHA acids in the store. In summer, it is better not to use them, because they are incompatible with ultraviolet radiation. Also, if you feel dry in winter, try using a milder cleanser, foam or gel with caring natural oils.
Moisturizing is the second essential step in skin care. In winter, indoor air is drier (due to heating). Therefore, moisturizing with tonic 2 times a day is not always enough for morning make-up and evening care procedures. Put flower water (hydrolat) in your purse – this is the most natural tonic property. Hydrolat is a by-product after distillation of essential oil from plants, so it contains all the useful substances, trace elements and vitamins that are contained in the original raw material. Also, do not forget to humidify the air in the office and at home with an ionizer, humidifier or just a spray with essential oils.
When it comes to nourishing the skin at night, there is probably no better product than natural oil. It is important to note that oil as a care product and an alternative to cream is suitable for any skin type. You just need to choose your own: for dry, apricot kernel oil, jojoba, almond oil can be suitable, for fading anti-wrinkle skin – rosehip and argan oil, for oily and problem skin – hazelnut oil and tamanu. In the morning, you can use the cream, but you should not apply it later than 1 hour before going outside. And yes, in winter in the middle lane, you can use a product with a lower SPF than in summer, about 15 units.
An additional care product are masks and serums that fit perfectly into the unhurried winter rhythm of life. In summer, there is usually not much time to lie down with a mask, and in winter – long dark evenings – it’s time for all sorts of spa treatments. In winter, masks can be not only moisturizing (based on algae and alginate) and cleansing (based on clay), but also fruity. Complement your skin care routine with masks 1-2 times a week depending on your skin’s needs.
In winter, lips do not interfere with additional care, so at night it is better to apply a nourishing balm with shea butter, cocoa and other natural butters (solid oils). Pure oils and even honey can be used for this purpose. To prevent chapped lips, remember to apply lip balm every time you go outside. The skin around the lips also does not interfere with additional care – the same cream that you use for the skin around the eyes is quite suitable for this purpose.
In winter hair care, the main thing is to protect the root bulbs from frost under a hat or other headgear. At the same time, when entering the room, hats must be removed to avoid unnecessary overheating.
In autumn and winter, many people face the problem of hair loss. To avoid falling out, you need to massage the scalp daily with a massage brush and make masks with bay essential oil. Bay is a unique hair growth activator and truly the best way to combat hair loss. Do not forget to also use a conditioner with oils after washing, but be sure to check that the conditioner does not contain silicones, because. they clog the hair and interfere with the flow of nutrients, the hair becomes lifeless and dull. To keep your hair from splitting and looking dry and lifeless, you can try applying coconut oil or any other nourishing oil to the ends.
A common winter problem is the “electricity” of the hair, but it can also be dealt with in natural ways. To do this, we recommend trying aroma combing: before the procedure, put a few drops of bay, ylang-ylang, lavender, chamomile (for fair hair) or cedarwood (for dark) essential oils on the comb. Hair will become smooth, shiny and stop electrifying.
In winter, you usually want more warmth and comfort, which means it’s time for a bath. Mandatory additives: gentle thick foam, sea salt, a decoction of your favorite herbs and essential oils (lavender and tea tree – against inflammation and for relaxation, orange and cinnamon – for a tightening effect, tone and mood). After the bath, it is good to apply a scrub on steamed skin, especially on problem areas (thighs, buttocks, stomach), massage. After that, take a shower, and apply oil or nourishing cream to the body. In winter, the cream can be more nutritious and contain more solid oils (butters): coconut, shea, cocoa, cupuaçu, babassu. By the way, at this time of the year, you can use body oil every day to avoid dry skin. We also recommend that you regularly massage the body with a dry brush to exfoliate dead particles, improve blood circulation, warm up and enhance the detox effect. Do not forget that massage should be done along the lines of the lymph flow. By the way, winter is the perfect time to take a massage course at a spa or an abhyanga course at an Ayurvedic center.
In winter, the feet also need extra care, because they are squeezed in warm shoes almost all day. In addition to standard exfoliation, cleansing and moisturizing procedures, it will not be superfluous to use a warming nourishing cream with extracts of cinnamon, ginger or pepper. With such creams, your legs will definitely not freeze at night.
Hands and nails
As you know, the skin of the hands is very sensitive to frosty air, and, unfortunately, we often go outside without gloves. Therefore, in winter, the skin of the hands needs additional care. Be sure to apply a nourishing cream and rub it thoroughly into the skin 2-3 times a day. To avoid dry hands, use gloves when cleaning, washing and washing dishes. Also, once a week, you can make more nourishing masks, and then put on cotton gloves on your hands. Nails at night can be lubricated with almond oil with the addition of essential oils of lemon and ylang-ylang.
Skin and hair care is not only an important component of a healthy lifestyle, but also pleasant procedures that increase the level of female energy and uplift your mood. Love your body – the temple of your soul – and be healthy!