Winter is a gorgeous season to bring out bright colored clothing, those lovely boots, and all your woolen accessories. But similarly, it is also the season for frizzy hair, and dry skin.

Chapped lips, hat hair, and pasty skin got you down? Harsh winter elements can take a toll on your looks and make you feel not so beautiful.  Having irritated, chapped skin is not only unsightly and painful, but it is more vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays. Having irritated, chapped skin is not only unsightly and painful, but it is more vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays.

In the summer months, staying hydrated is a no-brainer, we know it’s important. It’s just as critical to stay hydrated in the winter, especially when it comes to your skin. it’s important that you invest a little more time in your morning and evening routines. From gentle scrubs to moisturizing masks, these tips and products will help your skin look as healthy in the winter as it does in the peak of summer.

How do you handle these extremes and still come out looking gorgeous, fabulous and fantastic? We’ve put together some beauty tips for winter that can keep you on top of the weather, whatever it may throw at you.

Lifeless Hair

Cold weather actually triggers your scalp to produce more oil to counteract for the dry environment. So if you aren’t washing often and overdosing on dry shampoo the extra oil combined with dead skin cells result in what looks like snowflakes when you brush your hair and take down your ponytail. Wash your hair more frequently and once a week, suds up with a clarifying shampoo or one that contains pyrithione zinc, an ingredient found in most anti-dandruff shampoos.

Chapped Lips

Start the healing process by gently exfoliating your lips. Combine a drop of olive oil and a pinch of brown sugar, then slick the mixture onto your lips and scrub it. Avoid licking your lips and don’t bite the skin on the surface of your lips. The skin will never have a chance to heal if you chew on it. It will end up becoming thicker, giving you black coloured lips. This is a hard habit to break but well worth the effort.

Dry Skin

Upgrade your face wash to a cleansing oil, which removes dirt and makeup, but leaves skin hydrated, then moisturize with a formula that contains hyaluronic acid, which pulls hydration into the outer layer of the skin.
Moisturisers and cold creams are a must during winters. Tone and moisture after each cleansing to preserve and replenish the moisture in your skin.
Use the paste of ground green gram powder instead of soap to work your way to soft and supple skin if you believe in going natural. You can also mix it with curd / raw milk.

Final Thoughts

So who said sunscreen is only for the summers?
The sun is out 365 days a year and be it summer, rain or winter, you need to protect your skin from the sun. Photo damage could result in early wrinkling, and increase in pigmentation can occur if one does not apply sunscreen during winters.