The chilly winters leave our skin dry and rough. Especially, exposed areas like our face and arms suffer from a lot of dryness. The situation is worse for those with naturally dry skin.
The lack of humiditry in the air during the winter season takes away our skin's moisture. Moreover, when we use hot water for bathing, it further leads to skin dryness.
Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain shared that some parts of our body are more prone to dryness including our feet, back of the hands, knees and elbows. These areas need special care during the winter season. The expert has shared a quick guide to pamper your body during this season. Read on.
Before bath, one must do a body massage with oil. Sesame or til oil or olive oil can be used. One can also use any regular vegetable oil for massage. Make sure you warm the oil before use.
Another pre-bath treatment can be a mix of besan (gram flour), milk or curd and a pinch of haldi or turmeric. Mix all the ingredients together to make a paste. Rub this paste all over your body before bath and wash it while bathing. It also works as a great cleanser for the body.
Bath Time Care
Bath time is the best time to pamper your body. You can nourish your body with good amount of moisturisation with oils, body lotions and creams. Soon after bathing, apply body lotion, cream or oil. Do it when the skin is still damp. This way, you will be able to seal in moisture.
Give your body a good rub using a loofah or a rough towel after using oil, cream or lotion. This will help in smoothening out the rough skina nd also improve blood circulation in the skin, further making your skin glow. This is a must for rough areas like elbows, knees. If elbows and knees are dark, rub two lemon halves on them before bathing.
Using the right soap or shower gel while bathing is also important. The expert suggested going for soapless shower gels. One can also use glycerine soap. To avoid dryness, one must completely avoid soap.
While bathing, one should go easy on the soap and not use very hot water.
Keep A Hand Cream, Body Lotion Handy
There are a variety of creams, oils and lotions available in the market. You can get yourself a hand cream and body lotion as per your skin type and use them according to the extent of dryness.
After bathing, always apply body lotion or a thick cream. While applying, pay special attention to your feet, knees, elbows and back of the hands.
Cracked heels are a common issue during the winter season and it can be prevented by following everyday feet care. Before bathing, use a lemon - turmeric cream on the feet and heels. Massage well into the skin. It helps in softening the skin and also prevent the drying effects of soap and chlorinated water. Turmeric has antiseptic properties which prevents infections.
Before going to bed, one must soak their feet in hot water for about 20 minutes. Add coarse salt and shampoo to the water before soaking the feet. Hot water helps in softening the dead skin on the heels.
Using a pumice stone or heel scrubber, rub your heels gently to remove the dead cells. Next, massage the heels with a good cream. Wear cotton socks and then go to sleep. This should be followed for one week.
Tips For Itchy Skin
A lot of people suffer from itchy skin during the winter season. For the same, one should add half a cup of vinegar to a bucket of water and then use it during bath at the end. A tablespoon of honey too can be added to this water for a softening affect on the skin. Honey also helps in relieving fatigue. Adding a handful of powdered milk can also help nourish dry skin.
Homemade Masssage Oil
To get rid of itchy skin, one can use homemade massage oil. In a bowl, add almond oil, sunflower oil and a few drops of rose or sandalwood oil. Mix well. This oil leaves the body with a pleasant fragrance too.
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We hope this guide helps you pamper your skin during the winter season. Shahnaz Husain is a well-known beauty and wellness expert. She is also the Chairperson of Shahnaz Husain Group Of Companies.
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