Winters are approaching......
And it's that time of the year when the season takes a shift, turning from sultry, sticky and humid monsoons to sunny, windy and cold winters. As the season changes, so do our skin and skincare regime, respectively.
Most of us look forward to the beautiful wintery season, as it comes as a great relief from the scorching heat, sweat and unbearable humidity, and no matter how much we stay inside, in air-conditioned environs, the weather shows it's effects on skin, unmistakably. As we all know that winter is a time for comfort, good food and warmth. A time for endless cups of coffee and cozy conversations, sitting besides the fire.
In one sentence, winter is the time for home.
Like any other changing weather, the onset of winters also brings a change in our skin, as the weather suddenly turns cold and dry, leaving our skin also, dry, rough, tanned and dehydrated. Lips become chapped and flaky.
Heels get cracks, hair lack lustre and there's a rise in hairfall, due to dryness.
Internally also, body gets prone to coughs and colds, sore throats, and so on and so forth.
In short, the entire body needs extra care, internally as well as outwardly, in terms of bringing some changes in diet as well as using the winter appropriate products in our skincare regime, according to our skintype. These minor changes definitely will help to counter the adverse effects of weather on skin and body.These days I have been receiving a lot many queries about cleansing, the need of double cleansing and importance of exfoliating.
It's a common belief that in winters as we sweat less, and whole day our skin feels dry and clean, so there's no need of double cleansing in our nightime regime. I would like to clear this notion, and can't stress more on this very basic, but very very essential skincare step before bedtime.
It is very important to understand how our skin and it's renewal works.
Our skin cells turnover every 28 days, as we age this rate decreases, therefore, exfoliation becomes a beneficial part of your skincare routine to rejuvenate your skin. We all yearn for a glowing skin, and are in constant search for the bestest products to provide us the same, a healthy, glowing skin.
At the same time it is also required to incorporate an AM-PM everyday routine, in which CLEANSING holds a great importance. As we wear some amount of make-up, or if not make-up, we all do apply moisturizers or sunscreens during the day, which by end of the day blocks pores on our skin, produces extra sebum and oil, which gives rise to pimples, acne, breakouts etc. It further leads to accumulation of dead skin on face, making it look dull and glowless.
Before bedtime, it is very essential to clean and remove any kind of layers from our skin, be it make-up, creams, lotion or a layer of dirt and grime (pollution and sweat), accumulated over the daytime, on our skin, to unclog the pores, allowing our skin to breathe, refresh and rejuvenate.
And how to cleanse ?
This is a 2 step procedure, and it goes like this :
• The first step uses an oil based cleanser to effectively breakdown sebum, make-up or other impurities of the skin.
• The second step involves using a water-based cleanser (gel/cream) to clean deeper into the pores.
This process ensures a thorough cleanse and smoother skin.
Then comes the exfoliation, and why ?
Because exfoliation helps to even out your skin's surface by revealing fresh cells underneath. Therefore, exfoliate regularly to remove the dead, complexion dulling skin cells that can give you a dull appearance.
By religiously following this routine, before bed, every night, will definitely ensure a healthy, glowing skin, and it doesn't matter if it's winter or no winter. As aptly quoted by global make-up artist Michel Coulombu :
Glowing skin is a result of proper skincare. It means you can wear less make-up and let skin shine through.
And I strongly believe that "Skincare is essential, make-up is a choice."
So my lovelies, let's welcome the winters, embrace your skin and body, pamper it with healthy, nourishing diet and discipline by following the right skincare routines.
As winter is a season of recovery and preparation, and it's just not a season, WINTER is a CELEBRATION.
So, be winter-ready and follow this mantra :