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How to take care of your skin in winters naturally

November 17, 2014 02:51 PM

Winter brings with it excessive skin dryness, and the need for moisturising and hydrating the skin. A little extra care is needed to ensure glowing and healthy skin.



Home remedies

Exfoliate your skin with honey and sugar scrub
Honey is a key ingredient used for restoring the skin’s moisture and leaving the skin with a healthy glow. Honey and sugar work well to exfoliate the skin naturally with its properties and are not too harsh on the skin either. Beauty expert Shahnaz Hussain recommends, ‘Blend some honey and brown sugar into a paste to use as a scrub. It exfoliates and moisturises the skin well.’

Moisturise with yoghurt, honey facial mask
Yoghurt is a key, natural ingredient to help provide a refreshed looking skin. Yohgurt is often used for skin brightening as it can restore the lost glow from a dull-looking skin. It hydrates the skin and relieves it from the dead skin cells. Additionally, honey acts as a skin protector against harmful UV rays and keeps skin ageing at bay. It is packed with natural antioxidants and keeps a control on the moisture absorption and works on retaining it well enough for the skin. Hence, yoghurt and honey face pack could be your ‘go-to solution’ for skin moisturising.

Steps: Skin and beauty specialist Dr Blossom Kochhar suggests a yoghurt and honey mask for the cold winter – you can put in 1/4 cup of yoghurt with 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon of milk powder along with 2 yeast tablets in powdered form and mix well. Leave this mixture on for 10 minutes and wash well with cold water. Apply this face pack at least once a week to see the difference.

Cleanse with lemon or tamarind
Tamarind juice contains vitamin B, C, fibre, enzymes and alpha hydroxyl all of these reduce acne and its scars and ensure glowing skin. The nutrients present relieve the skin of dead skin cells. Lemon is also commonly used for its skincare benefits. It is a natural astringent and antiseptic solution for skin breakouts and acne as it eliminates the excess oil from the skin. A few drops of lemon can lighten acne scars and pimple marks.

Steps: Apply some lemon juice and keep it on for five minutes before washing off. When using tamarind, rub its pulp for a couple of minutes on your face and the dead cells will easily clear off. Leave a gap of at least half an hour before you decide to step out in the cold. Know how to get rid of common skincare problems during the cold weather, here.

Handy skincare tips
Apart from making use of natural remedies and ingredients, you need to be particular with your daily skincare habits. Dr Trasi advises, ‘Use mild face wash sensitive to your skin type. Try avoiding excess washing of the face. At this time, your skin needs a good moisturiser essentially, so use one at least twice to thrice daily. Also, don’t miss out on using a broad spectrum sunscreen for your dry and flaky skin. Similarly, use a lip balm with SPF for chapped lips.’ Here are some useful skincare tips to keep your skin healthy.

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