Winters are fun – but not for your skin. Cold weather and the low humidity levels make the air dry and all this steals the moisture away from your skin every second of the day. If proper care is not taken, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding. The harsh winter winds can amplify your skin problems. Additionally, the indoor heating systems rob the air of its moisture. Further, hot showers and baths as well as harsh cleansers take a toll on your skin. To combat these effects and keep your skin looking youthful and smooth, you need to do more than mere moisturizing. Here are a few tips to reduce chapping, redness, itching and keep the skin healthy and youthful this winter:
Lukewarm water is the trick: Even though hot showers feel good in winter, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping oil from your skin.
Moisturize immediately: Your skin needs to be moisturized immediately after you wash it. It seals the dampness into the skin.
Choose your moisturizer carefully: Some of the over the counter moisturizers have petroleum based ingredients that can further dry the skin. Choose moisturizers that have natural nourishing ingredients. Go for oil based rather than water based solutions. It will help your skin retain moisture.
Protect: Wear gloves and scarves to protect your skin from cold wind, rain and snow. Don’t forget the sunscreen – winter sun could be as damaging as the summer sun!
Humidify: Consider installing a humidifier in your home. This prevents the dry air from affecting your skin.
Drink: We tend to turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea during winter – but your skin needs its regular hydration that can be achieved only by drinking lots of water.
Overnight moisturize: Especially at night, use a moisturizer and wear cotton gloves and socks to seal the moisturizer till morning.
Exfoliate: An exfoliating mask is good for the winters. Apply it liberally on your face and hands as well as gently on your lips. You must follow immediately with moisture and truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes could also be useful.
Hydrate from the inside out: It’s a good idea to eat foods that are high in water content. These kinds of food hydrate your skin from the inside out. Watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Along with this, ensure that you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin.
Check your cleanser: After cleansing, make sure that you don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer that appropriately seals in moisture.
Other than all of the above, homemade hydrating masks can provide you with the much needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe.
Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.
Winters are fun – If your skin enjoys them too!
Maryam Collahi is a Vancouver makeup artist and eyebrow specialist offering eyebrows threading, permanent makeup, HD eyebrows & bridal makeup services.
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The most commonly used beauty product and the one that is most commonly experimented with is the mascara. Highlighting the eyes with the perfect mascara is what every woman wants to do right. It makes you feel beautiful and feel good! Every day you apply a lash curler and black mascara before you leave home. However, these basic lashes take up most of the morning time. For special occasions too, many times we use false lash strips just for that extra volume and length. But no matter how great they look, they are always a pain to apply.
Lash extensions are also of no great use. They are however more useful than messing around with the mascara. Although they give your eyes a great look, using curlers and mascara does have an ongoing maintenance and expense along with it.
This is exactly why many women today prefer lash lifts. The traditional lash perm method required natural lashes to be wrapped around a sponge rod which can actually make lashes look short with inconsistent curls. Lash Lift is different.
The process is simple. It begins with a protective pad to cover the under eye and hold down the bottom lashes. Curved silicone pads are glues to the eyelid and the top lashes are lifted and glued to the bump on the pad. When the lashes are lifted and glued to the pad, the perm solution is applied to the roots of the lashes. This solution is a bright red gel so that the artist can see where it is applied.
This gel is allowed to stay for 10 minutes and you will be given a mask to help you with the terrible smell of the gel. After wiping off the red perm gel, a blue setting gel is applied in the same manner.
After 10 mins, the setting gel is removed and oil is applied to break down the glue and remove the silicone pads. Finally, the entire area is wiped and thoroughly cleaned before you open your eyes.
Remember to keep your eyes dry for the next 24 hours! Two days later, you will have to return for a simple lash tint process that takes not more than 20 minutes.
After that you can leave home without fussing around with the curler and mascara – every day!