How To Keep Your Skin Moisturized In Winters?

Winters are known for itchy, dry and flaky skin. As the cold wind starts taking a toll over your skin, this cozy and beloved weather soon turns into a nightmare. 

This is the reason why your skin needs extra hydration in winters. To cope up with the dry winter, here is how you can keep your skin moisturized in winters.

1.    A humidifier can be a savior

Want to get rid of dry winter skin instantly? Invest in a good humidifier this winter season. A humidifier helps in keeping the air around you moist and fresh which does not let your skin dry up. You could choose to run a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep to keep your skin moisturized. 

2.    Lower your thermostat temperature

While winters only seem to be survivable when you crank up the heat in your home, excess heat impacts your skin adversely. To avoid super dry skin in winters, keep the temperature of your HVAC a degree or two lower. Thermostat sucks up all the moisture from the air and your skin, thus making it all drier. The ideal temperature should be set around 68 degrees to 78-degree F. 

3.    Take a quick shower

To prevent your skin from getting dry, don’t take really long showers in winters. Also, don’t shower with too much hot water. Ideally, water should be lukewarm and make sure you don’t stay in the shower for more than 5 to 10 minutes. Longer you stay in, more it makes your skin dehydrated. Also, avoid drying your hands with a hand air dryer when in a restroom in winters. 

4.    Choose your cleanser wisely

In winter, the choice of your soap matters. Always use a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. Also, limit the use of soap in winters and avoid forming a lather. Lather causes your skin to dry up and leaves a white flaky residue behind. 

5.    Moisturize naturally

After preventing your skin from becoming dry due to external sources, it is time to hydrate your skin yourself. Moisturize your skin and keep it hydrated as much as you can by applying moisturizer 2 to 3 times a day, drinking lots and lots of water and moisturize again after washing your hands. Follow a proper skincare routine to keep your skin healthy and to prevent it from becoming chapped and dry. Use petroleum jelly to keep your skin moisturized for a long time. 

6.    Apply sunscreen 

Apply sunscreen even when on days when the sun is not in its best mood. Even when it is snowing or the sun is not shining brightly, when you are just out running for an errand, no matter what – always apply sunscreen on your skin in winters. Apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. 

These were some of the ways to keep your skin moisturized in winters.

Stay hydrated. 

5 Makeup Removal Mistakes That Might Be Adding Years To Your Face Secretly

Congrats! Now, you’re a makeup pro. You glow and look youthful. Just a dab of foundation here and a splash of color there – voila! You are done. You wear sunscreen and have your own favorite eye cream. You’re good to go, right? Well, not really! Something as simple as lack of proper makeup removal technique can add years to your look. No, we are not kidding!

We’re not here to scare you. But we all make certain makeup removal mistakes that we all are guilty of. And these makeup mistakes can cost a lot more than we expected, simply, by adding years to our face. Let’s explore such makeup removal mistakes that we have been doing unknowingly.

5 Makeup Removal Mistakes

You use the same face towel for days

Yes, this sounds a bit tacky but how many of us are actually guilty of doing this? It is highly recommended to change your face towel daily. Free radicals tend to build upon on our face, which are then transferred to face towels, thus giving us those unwanted wrinkles.

You rely too much on face wipes

Makeup removing face wipes don’t do much to clean your skin. Let’s face it! They only help in removing the visible makeup. Further, they dry out the skin, especially around the eyes, thus making crow’s feet all the more visible. The best way to remove makeup it to use water and face wash – that is what is going to help you get rid of that thick layer of makeup you carry all day long.

You’re using an overwhelming cleanser

We called it overwhelming because cleanser is only good at forming a lot of foamy stuff. But that would not cut the makeup. And this is the reason that you see subtle BB cream smudges on your towel after washing your face with a face wash. The best way is to use a makeup remover or a face wash that is made to remove makeup.

You often doze off with open hair

We understand. After coming back home past midnight, making even a simple pony seems like a big task and you often end up sleeping with open hair. What’s more? Makeup residue gets accumulated around your hairline, thus leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Don’t be surprised if you find breakouts on your forehead the next morning!

You often end up skipping the last step

No matter the kind of skin you have, make it a point that you complete the process with a good moisturizer. Seal the lips with a good lip balm after you have removed the lipstick and dab an eye cream.

Finally, all done! Permission granted to hit that pillow as it beckons.

Good night.

How to Take Care of Dry and Tired Hands and Feet in Winter

Winter is here and what comes along with it is the feeling to stay cuddled with your blanket with dry fruits all day.
Although the winter is great and all, it often makes our hands and feet dry and flaky.

Not anymore.
Here are some of the tips to take care of dry and tired hands and feet in winter.

1. Move your legs

No matter how chilly it’s outside, go for a walk and sweat a little. It’s essential to go for a morning walk daily in winters to get away with the tiredness and laziness your body is drowned in, in winters.
Walking keeps your blood circulation intact and will make you feel less tired and sulky.

2. Take foot soaks

The best way to take care of your dry feet is by keeping them hydrated through foot soaks.
Foot soaks will provide your feet and body with the needed relaxation and also help in stimulating blood circulation.
Just add a little Epsom salt in warm water to make a soothing foot soak and enjoy the comfort. 

3. Reduce the use of hot water

We know winters and hot water go hand in hand. But that’s what causes your skin to dry up.
Using hot water every time you wash your hands or feet in winters is something you should avoid.
Hot water makes your skin lose all its natural moisture and eventually dries it up. Always wash your hands and feet with normal water if your skin gets too dry and dull.

4. Moisturize your skin

In winters, your skin demands extra care. Take care of your skin by providing a sufficient amount of moisture to it.
Drink as much as water you can, apply moisturizer to your skin every time you wash it and before going to bed. Use a good moisturizer that is effective in hydrating your skin well.
You can make your own moisturizer by mixing glycerine and rose water to hydrate your skin in winters. 

5. Increase the intake of water

Don’t wait for your body to feel thirsty to drink water. In winters, the regular intake of water decreases to a lower level because you normally don’t feel so thirsty in cold weather. However, you should remember to drink water to keep your body hydrated and moisturized.
If you feel, water is too cold to drink, warm it a little. No matter what, increase the intake of water in winters.

6. Avoid too much use of heaters

Sitting before heaters all day long can suck moisture from your body, leaving your skin dry and flaky.
Keeping a bowl filled with water in your room can also negate the situation. 

These are some of the ways to keep dry and tired hands and feet in winters at bay.

Ways Showering Can Affect Your Skin And Skincare

A long and hot shower after a tiresome day is something everyone would love to do. Some people are also habituated to taking showers every day after work.

But people, before you make such decisions make sure you know how taking hot showers affects your skin. Many people have less idea about the showering effects and just take long and hot showers as it is soothing. Regretting later after your skin is already affected is unwise. So, read this article and know how showering affects your skin and make sure you don’t have to regret it later! Read on!

Human skin is made up of three layers which are epidermis, dermis, and subcutis. Hot and long showers affect the epidermis layer which is the outermost layer. This layer is filled with keratin which is responsible for providing defence against outside environment and also help the body skin in retaining moisture. To help keratin retain moisture, a thin oil layer is produced by our body. That’s the biology.

 What happens to our skin when we take long showers?

  • The oil layer is washed off when we take showers. Excessive showering completely washes off this oil thus disallowing keratin retain moisture. So, your skin looks dry and signs of aging like wrinkles can be seen.
  • Although tub time might feel very luxurious, spending more time in a bath tub taking showers can harm your skin by completing making it dry and pale. There is no natural bounce in the skin and we tend to develop folded skin.
  • Excessive showering can cause redness in the skin which gradually turns into itching and peeling. Yes, it is something close to a sunburn. This leads to disrupting of skin’s moisture balance leading to itchy skin.
  • The essential fats and proteins present in the oil layer are washed off thus robbing you of your healthy and glowing skin.
  • It leads to dry skin which can cause infection. The infection if not treated immediately might even lead to skin cancer. Yes. That’s how serious it can get!
  • Itchy rashes are also developed which lessens your beauty. Having a pretty face fails to grab attention if you have rashes all over your skin.
  • Cool showers which can be taken twice in a week can help to keep your hair strong and healthy. Also, there is a natural glow in your skin. But, excessive cool showers as well is a NO.

Thus, both hot showers and cool showers when taken excessively can have adverse effects on your skin. So how do you reduce the effects?

Taking care of skin while taking shower

  • Decrease the temperature of your water once you find out your skin is turning red. Probably, it’s too hot.
  • Use moisturizing products to prevent your oil layer from getting washed off.
  • Do not stay in your bathtub for too long and always make sure the temperature is moderate.
  • Use various skin care products if you are developing rashes and itching. Also, consult a dermatologist if the itches and rashes are increasing.

 

5 Moisturizer Myths You Should Stop Believing Right Now

The relation between women and moisturisers has been going strong for generations.

Undoubtedly, moisturiser is a critical part of a healthy skin routine, however, there are a few tales going around which advise you to avoid moisturiser completely.

But, lovelies, let that not bother you. The moisturiser has always been an integral part of our daily skin regime, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

Here we are all-set to bust a few popular moisturizer myths for you.
Let’s get started.

  • Myth 1: All creams are same

If you feel that all creams are same, you might need to reconsider your views. It is true that all moisturisers contain water and other ingredients in a certain proportion. However, the basic difference lies in the proportion of the ingredients used.

Thus, there is nothing like one fit standard solution. A moisturizer might work wonders for dry skin and can be a complete disaster for the oily skin.

This is why it is highly recommended to choose a moisturizer which is in line with your skin type and skin needs.

  • Myth 2: Your skin gets addicted to moisturizer

Our skin tends to lose its moisture quite quickly than you might think. It gets dehydrated due to harsher climates, air conditioning systems at our homes, water exposure and genetics.

Since you overall cannot escape these unavoidable factors, it is essential to keep your skin moisturized with the help of a moisturizer on a daily basis.

Thus, it is wrong to conclude that our skin gets addicted to moisturiser, instead, moisturiser helps our skin to stay hydrated.

  • Myth 3: People with oily skin should avoid moisturiser completely

No, you should not avoid the moisturiser completely, but be careful while choosing a moisturiser. Choose a moisturiser which doesn’t add oil to your skin but just hydrates it enough.

You should investigate the ingredients present in your moisturiser for best results. Essentially look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid which keep your skin hydrated without making it look oily.

  • Myth 4: You don’t need sunscreen if your moisturiser has sufficient SPF

Well, this depends.
In winters, a moisturiser with enough SPF might work, but in summers, and especially when you are visiting warm places like the Caribbean, you should always apply a high quality sunscreen for full proof UVA protection.

  • Myth 5: You should always apply moisturiser to a dry skin

This again is a myth. Your skin absorbs the moisture best when it is slightly damped. Thus, make it a point to apply the moisturiser once you have taken bath and within 3 minutes of patting your body dry with a towel.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to lock in the moisture of the skin.

Your Turn

We hope that this article would have cleared a lot of myths we often hear and there. So, stay confident and slay with your beautiful skin!

How to Tell If the Laundry Detergent is messing up with Your Skin

Did you know that your laundry detergent could be the ultimate reason behind your constant skin rashes and irritation? Surprised? This is true.

Our laundry detergents, these days, come loaded with an array of harsh chemicals, and it is not surprising that they might interfere with our skin.

But how to tell if your laundry detergent is at fault? Laundry detergent is capable of causing rashes to your skin known as contact dermatitis. There are certain symptoms that can help you identify if it is your laundry detergent that is messing up with your skin.

Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis is caused when your skin is in constant touch with soaps, metals or plants. It can be an irritant or allergic contact dermatitis.

If you are not allergic to any substance present in the laundry detergent and still have contact dermatitis, then it is due to irritant dermatitis. These are none-allergic skin rashes. When your upper layer of skin is affected by a harmful substance, it starts causing itchiness.

When you are allergic to any substance in the detergent and as a result, your body sends an allergic response, this is allergic contact dermatitis.

If you experience allergy with your laundry detergent, these are some of the symptoms you will experience after its immediate contact or after a few hours of wearing freshly washed clothes. These symptoms include red rashes, prolonged itching, swelling, blisters, burning skin, and dry, scaly skin.

However, these are some common symptoms that can even be triggered when you use a new skincare product, try a new cuisine or anything out of your usual daily routine. If you haven’t done any such thing recently, it makes you closer to identify laundry detergent as the real culprit.

Next, the location of the skin rash can help in determining the underlying cause. If you are a one side sleeper and your rashes appear on the same side, it could probably be from the contact of detergent. If you have recently switched to a new detergent or have been sleeping in hotel rooms, such possibilities make you closer to detergent being the cause.

If still, you can’t be clear cut sure if it is the detergent that is messing up, consult a skin specialist or an allergist. They perform, certain test such as a patch test that can confirm the cause of the allergy.

Tips To Prevent Contact Dermatitis from Laundry Detergent

You need to change the way you use laundry detergent for washing clothes to rule out the contact dermatitis in the future. These changes can be:

  • Try to choose detergent free from fragrance and dye. In order to add fragrance in detergents, manufacturers often add chemicals which might prove disastrous to your skin.
  • To eliminate the possibility of any detergent left in your clothes after the first wash, run your rinse cycle twice just to be sure. Use hot water for washing clothes to kill the allergens.
  • Clean your washing machine after any use to prevent prolonged stay of detergent stuck in them.

 Use possibly less quantity of detergent to wash clothes.

Simply keep the above-mentioned points in mind, and prevent your laundry detergent from messing up with your skin.

What is Making Your Skin Dry And What To Do About It?

Dry skin is one of the most difficult problems to tackle. When external phenomena and sometimes internal ones wipe out the moisture from your skin, you are left with a dry patchy skin. The skin needs a good amount of moisture in order to breathe and stay healthy. But the question is what exactly the causes behind dry skin are?

  • The weather

The first thing which is attributed for dry skin is the weather, especially the winters. During the winters the weather is on a drier side and there is a lack of humidity. Both these things rob the natural moisture from your skin and results in dry skin. The air which blows during this period is known to parch the skin which is also detrimental to it. If you think that staying indoors and using the heater would help then you are sorely mistaken as it also adds in stripping the much-needed moisture from the air.

  • The location

It is true that winters can actually leave your skin dry but the location i.e. the geographical location is more often than not responsible for this skin related problem. For instance, if you are living in a region which exhibits desert like conditions then it is pretty normal for you to experience high temperatures. The problem with these places is that although the temperature here is pretty high, but there isn’t much humidity in the air; hence, chances of having dry skin increases.

  • Showers

If you are one of those who like to take long steamy showers, then it is time to rethink. It has been observed that these showers can be soothing for you but are pretty dangerous for your skin. What they essentially do is accelerate the process of drying the natural oil in your body which is important for keeping your skin healthy and moist. Moreover, if you like to swim, then you should be careful about the pool you are using for this purpose. If the pool is highly chlorinated then it can also contribute in the process of drying your skin.

  • Soap

It is true that you need to clean your body to remain healthy. But you also need to be careful about the soap you use for this purpose. If you are using a soap which is made of elements which have an affinity of consuming moisture then it would be prudent not to use it on your skin. What these soaps do is rob the natural moisture in the skin and make them dry.

  • Sunlight

You have to be careful when you step out of your house, especially in the mornings and afternoons. The sun has a tendency of drying up your skin. Thus iprotecting your skin at all times is necessary. The reason you have to be careful here is the UV rays emitted by the sun can penetrate deep into your skin. This extinguishes the moisture within and leaves it drying and saggy.

  • Skin issues

Another reason why you might have dry skin is due to issues or existing skin diseases. If you are already suffering from skin related diseases like psoriasis and eczema, then chances of having dry skin increases.

Beauty and Skin Care Guide for Autumn

The warmer months are fun and all, but they often leave our skin tired and dull.

As the autumn sets in, and the weather transitions itself to colder months, the environment becomes soothing and starts preparing itself for the dip in mercury levels ahead.

This is the right time that you should start taking care of your skin or else it might become dry as the temperature drops.

Here are a few tips which will help you in getting your glow back.

  • Exfoliation is very important

Irrespective of the season, always remember to exfoliate. Dead skin cells start building up and the skin starts peeling off in the autumn. Thus, exfoliate your skin pretty well.

  • Keep your skin hydrated at all times

During autumn, the winds get colder and your skin begins to feel dry. This is why hydration is of utmost importance. It is highly recommended to use a gentle moisturizer to get rid of a dry and flaky skin and to keep your skin hydrated.

  • Apply a face mask

As mentioned before, staying outdoors during the summer months makes your skin look tired. Autumn is the right time to get your glow back. Use a rejuvenating face mask to nourish your skin from within. Try using skin masks that are organic and gentle.

  • Protect your skin with sunscreen

Even if the days are chilly, and the sunshine is mellow, do not forget to apply sunscreen during autumn. Sunscreen is a must and you cannot drop it from your skin care regime at any time.

  • Avoid very long and hot showers

 It might be tempting to take a long, hot shower during autumn when the days are just beginning to turn cold, but avoid it as much as possible. Unnecessarily long showers with warm water absorb the skin’s natural oils and make your skin feel dry and tired. Therefore, go for shorter showers with lukewarm water and use a gentle, moisturizing body wash.

  • Use anti-aging or anti-wrinkle creams

Dry skin is very prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Thus, this is the ideal time to protect your under eyes. Always use an under eye cream before applying any makeup. You should also moisturize your skin well with an anti-wrinkle cream.

  • Moisturize your hands and feet

As autumn sets in and the weather becomes colder, your hands and feet start becoming dry. The skin around your fingers and heels will start peeling. To get rid of this, it is highly recommended to moisturize using a hand and foot cream. Also, don’t forget to use a scrub to get rid of dirt and dead skin cells.

These were just a few simple and easy-to-follow tips through which you can take care of your skin in autumn. What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments below.

How to Choose the Right Sunscreen?

Sunscreen does a lot more than just protecting your skin from sunburns. It plays a crucial role in shielding your skin from premature aging, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and even skin cancer.

Though you should wear sunscreen every day of the year, it is even more important to use it during summer time when the sun shines bright, days are longer and you tend to spend more time outdoors.

But as it turns out, choosing a sunscreen is not as easy as it seems.

To help you make the task easier, here are some important factors to focus upon:

  • Look for broad-spectrum protection

First things first, you must look for a sunscreen with a label that says broad spectrum protection. Such a label ensures that your sunscreen is well-equipped to guard you against both UVB and UVA rays.

This ensures that you are not only protected against sunburn but also against skin cancer and skin aging.

  • Aim for SPF 30 or higher

Ensure that your sunscreen has a sun protection factor or SPF of 30 or higher. Talking technically, this is actually a measure of protection of how well your sunscreen provides you against UVB rays.

Undoubtedly, higher SPF guarantees better protection, but the numbers become useless after a certain limit. SPF 15, for instance, provides you protection against 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 will filter out 97% of them while SPF 30 will guard you against 97% and SPF against 98%.

Thus, it is necessary to note here that no sunscreen provides you with 100% protection. This is why it is highly recommended to cover your skin with a wide-brimmed hat and wear clothes with full sleeves to protect your skin.

  • Choose water-resistant sunscreen

It is highly recommended to choose a sunscreen which is water resistant. However, do not fall prey to marketing gimmicks which suggest that sunscreen is waterproof. No sunscreen is waterproof, however, they are water resistant, which means that they can provide resistance against water for some time, say 40 minutes or so.

This is why you must reapply the sunscreen after every 2 hours for better protection.

  • Look for a non-comedogenic sunscreen

A non-comedogenic sunscreen is the one which doesn’t block or clog your skin pores. If you often get breakouts and enlarged pores after applying a sunscreen, non-comedogenic sunscreen is what will come to your rescue here.

  • Make sure that it absorbs into your skin flawlessly

Since you should wear your sunscreen every day, you must look for the one which absorbs into your skin without leaving any residues behind. Such a sunscreen is able to blend with your makeup and doesn’t look like an additional layer.

These were some of the factors you must focus upon while choosing a sunscreen. The least you would expect is getting half protection, or breakouts and worsened skin conditions.

Although applying sunscreen is important, it is even more important that you choose the right one!

Say Good Bye to Body Acne with These Tips

Summer is around the corner along with the stubborn and frustrating body acne.  Excessive heat, pollution, and dust are skin enemies and cause uninvited acne.

In here, we’re sharing some easy tips and lifestyle habits to fight body acne and get a clearer skin this season:

  • Hydrate, Feel Great! 

This is perhaps the easiest thing one can do for a healthier body and clearer skin. Make water bottle your all-day companion. Start your morning with lots of water and carry a BPA-free water bottle and sip frequently. This will drain the toxins and help you stay hydrated and, in turn, have a happy acne-free body.

  • Mask it, Honey!

Pamper yourself with a honey mask especially when your skin feels dry/tight/itchy. Honey is antibacterial, hydrating and fabulous for balancing skin pH and reducing acne. Your skin will love this treatment.

  • Veggies Please

Junk the junk food and include more veggies. A balance of vitamins and nutrients is all you need for the body skin to glow and feel alive. Make a bowl of rich green veggie salad to get a good dose of vitamins and nutrients. Healthy food helps to lower inflammation in the body and detoxes it gently and deeply.

  • Sugar? Nah!!

Ease up on the sugar. Refined sugar spikes our blood sugar and hormones levels which can lead to acne while also making you gain weight. Sugar triggers the release of insulin in the blood, which further produces acne-causing hormones in the body. So, next time make sure that you watch the sugar content before buying anything at the superstore.

  • No More Dairy

Avoid eating dairy products like cheese, and milk. They are difficult to digest and produce mucus which can block body pores and cause acne.

  • Goodbye Coffee

It might be hard to say goodbye to the coffee initially, but it will help you in the long run. Caffeine dehydrates the skin, ruins sleep, raises stress and the after effect is early aging and even worse skin. Coffee is known to trigger hormonal acne as well.

  • Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

Sun damage makes the acne worse and extends its stay. Thus it is essential to apply the sunscreen on exposed body parts. It will help skin in so many ways by making you look younger and youthful.

  • Try a Topical Essential Oil Treatment

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. You can add some drops of tea tree, orange, cinnamon or rose oil to ward off acne from your body.     

  • Don’t Pick or Squeeze! 

Last but most important- After all the DIY remedies, try to have patience while the acne is healing. Avoid squeezing them as this will introduce and multiply bacteria’s on other parts of the skin and make the situation even worse.

Along with the above tips, it is highly recommended to wear loose clothes, sleep well and live stress-free. Go out and flaunt your body with confidence and show the world the real you.