It’s hard to believe that we’re almost at the cusp of winter, especially when you’re writing this in Mumbai at 32° weather. While we’re still waiting for that nip in the air, the weather already seems a little on the drier side. Word has it (and the weather report too, of course) that other states are already bringing out the winter wear. You know what that means, right?
It’s time to upgrade to winter skin care! We had a good run with our gel moisturisers and oil-control toners, but it’s time to put them away for a bit. Keep reading to know how to switch up your skin care for the colder months. All aboard the hydration express!
KEEP IT THICK
Yes, gel moisturisers are delicious, but have you ever slathered on a lush, thick creamy moisturiser on parched skin? It’s the stuff of dreams! Most people are worried that this might cause acne, especially if they have oily skin. But, if your skin is dehydrated, it’s at the risk of overproducing sebum, thereby giving you breakouts anyway. Find one that’s well-suited to your skin and packed with goodies like Vitamin E, for that burst of hydration.
Nykaa Recommends: Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
WASH IT THICK TOO
The same rule applies to your daily face wash. Gel cleansers are great for washing off dirt and grime after a hot day in the sun, but cold winters call for a cream-based cleanser. It won’t just clean out your pores but will ensure that it leaves just the right amount of oils on your skin. Problems you can say goodbye to is flaky skin and that annoying tightness you’d feel right after washing your face.
Nykaa Recommends: Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash
FACE OIL FTW!
Your serums, essences and moisturisers all are great for adding moisture. But to stop the cold air surrounding you from pulling out that hydration, you need to padlock it into your skin. That’s where face oils come in. Not only do they add a final touch of moisture to your skin, but they also lock it in. Oh, and we say ‘final touch’ because they must ALWAYS be applied at the end of your skin care routine.
Nykaa Recommends: Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Glow-Restore Face Oils Blend
DON’T SHUN EXFOLIATION
There’s no particular season for dead skin, and it's a problem that definitely doesn’t hibernate during the winter season. But, don’t reach for those face scrubs just yet. Ever considered chemical exfoliators? They are acids such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) which get rid of dead skin cells and penetrate the layers to treat problems. They are also a lot more effective than physical exfoliators (face scrubs) and don’t cause micro injuries. Now you know why you need them during the winter?
Nykaa Recommends: Dot & Key AHA Exfoliating Sleeping Mask 12% Lactic + 2% Hyaluronic
TONE LIKE A PRO
If you’re not well-read on the topic of toners, you might just think that all toners are the same. During the summer, wiping down your face with a clarifying toner is literally the best feeling. But come winter, that feeling is accompanied by tightness and irritation. Ladies, read your labels and know that all toners aren’t the same. During winter, look for the word ‘hydrating’. A hydrating toner will not just clean up residue from your face and tighten skin, but will also add moisture into it. What’s left is plump, happy and radiating skin!
Nykaa Recommends: O3+ Hydrating Moisture Toner Tonic