Cold weather puts a lot of wear-and-tear on your skin. Here, Christine Karan offers a few tips to keep you glowing in the run-up to the festive season.
Winter is the season for suffering patchy dry spots on the face, chipped hands, dry skin and cracked lips. Whatever we try, the season is bound to have an impact on our features. However, fear not; there are several ways you can protect yourself from itchy peels, skin cracks and chipping this winter.
A basic essential is to drink lots of water. Water solves almost half of all skin issues and keeps you hydrated, which makes your skin healthy and radiant.
One of the main reasons for dry patches is because your skin is dehydrated. Despite your water intake, if your skin feels dry then it’s time to upgrade your moisturiser to something richer and creamier.
Creams with ingredients such as fatty acids and ceramides will help to lock in the moisture in your skin and maintain a protective layer. If you don’t like a heavy moisturiser and the feel of it on your skin, then instead swap your night cream for a heavier formula so it can work its magic when you sleep.
Our favorite product: Clinique Moisture Surge.
Chapped and dry lips are common during winter. This leads to cracking on the skin and, of course, bleeding. In such situations, one home remedy that my mother always recommends is to use butter on the lips. The butter helps to calm down the irritation, softens them up, and results in them retaining the natural oils of the skin.
But, for a person who is on the go, you can’t carry butter but you can carry butter-like lip balms. Lipsticks sometimes do dry out our lips and no one really wants to have a flaky pout for the festive season. So this winter, opt for a soothing lip balm to keep your lips full and moisturised.
Our favourite product: Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm
For all make-up lovers, is your foundation patching up on your face? Is it highlighting your dry spots? If you answered yes, then it’s time to swap to a tinted moisturiser with SPF.
Although there are foundations on the market that contain moisturiser in them, we personally prefer tinted moisturiser because:
• It gives your skin a healthy glow
• It’s moisturising
• It has SPF- protecting you from the winter sun.
Our favourite product: Chanel – Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer.
This winter season, show your skin some extra love, drink lots of water and always keep glowing.