After living in a humid place like Bombay all my life, London’s winter always took a toll on my skin. Each time I go back home(Bombay), my skin is feels so hydrated and soft, that I could even do without moisturising it (not that I would)and the moment I’m here(in London) its like having a completely different skin type. My skin feels parched here would be an understatement.
So here are few things that have helped me deal with this over the last few years. I hope this helps anyone travelling to colder places at the moment or even in India, where it seems to be getting colder in the last few weeks. Changing into a winter wardrobe isn’t enough, products have to be changed too.
Swap to creamier cleansers.
Swap harsh face washes for gentle, creamy cleansers. It’s important to use a cleanser that won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Gel based cleansers are usually very drying and will do nothing for your skin in winter. Try Cetaphil as it is very mild, incredibly soothing and easily available everywhere.
Add serums/night oils to your daily routine.
Using a serum before moisturising daily will go a very long way. I started using Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re Texturizing Serum Concentrate and it hydrated my skin drastically. I should have started using this ages ago! Adding a night oil to your daily routine is also essential to avoid dull or tired looking skin during winter. I love Kiehl’s Mid-Night Recovery Concentrate (This is not an ad I promise, I just love their products and am glad that they’re available in India too). For something more intense try Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment a few times a week.
Indulge in heavier face creams.
Possibly the easiest way of dealing with dry skin is by using heavy face creams instead of lotions. So as winter approaches try looking for more luxurious creams instead of a daily lotion. Go for creams that have a high content of glycerin as they help retain moisture in your skin. I have recently bought the Aesop Elemental Facial Barrier Cream , but really anything with a good glycerin content should do the trick.
No matter how many serums and oils we slather on our skin, dry skin won’t go anywhere without exfoliation. While daily exfoliation is not recommended ,(unless an extremely gentle product is being used) skin should be exfoliated 2 to 3 times a week. Using Sonic facial cleansing brushes can also help with getting rid of excessive dry skin. Once the skin is buffed its easier for products to penetrate and do their work. Try Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant or Clinique Sonic brush
Drink plenty of water.
This is probably the most common one that people often end up avoiding (including me) but drinking water helps the most. During winter, it is very easy to go all day with coffees and hot chocolates but nothing can replace water.