For that perfect winter skin

For that perfect winter skin

Winter brings its own skin problems. As the air gets cooler, glands just below surface of the skin become relatively inactive, so the skin gets drier. Cold winds during winter cause dry red patches along with flaky, dry skin.

Even inside your warm home, you could be doing your skin more harm than good by turning on the heater. The dry air simply drains your skin of moisture.
The best way to counteract dryness is to dispense with the use of soap completely. Most soaps are extremely drying to the skin. Use a gentle cleansing lotion or cleansing cream instead. You can try this home- made remedy.
Oatmeal & honey paste
Ground oatmeal is a gentle exfoliator that removes dead skin and dirt. It can be used as a mild cleanser instead of soap, and helps restore the skin’s moisture. The combination of yogurt — an effective, everyday moisturising cleanser — with this paste is effective.
Ingredients: ½ cup dry oatmeal, 2 tablespoons honey, ¼ cup plain yogurt or buttermilk.

Method: Grind finely the oatmeal in a blender or food processor. In a small bowl, combine the ground oatmeal, honey and yogurt/buttermilk. Mix thoroughly until it becomes a paste. Apply over the face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.  
You can follow this remedy every day, preferably in the mornings.

For feet and hands
You must also pay special attention to your hands, calves, feet and forearms during winter. In cold weather, they tend to dry and wrinkle easily. Avoid exposing them to the cold, make sure they are covered at all times in gloves, socks and a coat. Apply a mosituriser twice a day.
Hard water, detergents, chemicals as well as skimping on hand drying can quickly lead to rough and sand paper-dry skin, and you will soon want to hide your hands completely.  Apply a rich hand cream after washing your hands.
Try this home-made exfoliator for your hands.
Apricot oil & sugar exfoliator
Sugar abrasion is a popular method for cleaning and stimulating the skin. The apricot oil serves as natural lubricant, moisturiser and skin rejuvenator.
Ingredients: ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons apricot oil, juice of ½ lemon.
Method: Mix the ingredients and immediately rub the mixture on hands. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry and apply moisturiser.

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