Tips for Winters
soft chime of the Christmas bells the distant cathedral towers
are already bringing in a touch of festivity to the short
sunny afternoons that tend to melt away into cold evenings.
The fun of celebration and the pain in bidding goodbye to
the century is here. And each of us would like to good in
the millennium. But as the dry northerly winds brings in an
ill omen for your skin, you must be ready with your army of
moisturizers, cold creams and cleansing milk to fight away
the elements that try to turn your glowing skin into a dry
and parched piece of dirt. And if you are not, you better
be prepared. For an youthful and healthy skin not only reflects
your beauty, it also enhances your personality, turning you
into an element of eternal attraction. Hope you wouldn't be
able to resist yourself from being called the star of the
In the days of our mothers and grandmothers, skin care started
since childhood. Massaging a body oil and keeping it lying
in the open, under the sun, was a regular practice. It not
only helped in pigments to synthesize the vital Vitamin D
needed for the baby's bones. With maturity, the teenage girl
would be asked to pamper her skin with pastes of turmeric,
besan and fresh cream. In those days these simple products
were just brought in from the kitchen and never sold in attractive
containers with costly herbal labels on them.
But with the changing scenario of the hectic city life seems
to sqeeze out all the energy and youth left in you. The pollution
and the dirt is the worst enemy of your skin. Morever, busy
working women no longer have time to pamper themselves with
home-made products. What they can find time for is just a
visit to the parlor, a quick facial and then probably an application
of a popular night cream at night during the dry winter months.
synthetic products are flooding the markets, beauticians and
skin care specialists are going back to the days of our mothers.
They are advising to hold on the age-old home made products
to keep your closer to nature. It is nature's winds that turn
your skin dry, yet it is nature that guards the secret to
your beautiful skin.
Our skin is made up of different layers. The outer epithelial
layer our epidermis is the most likely target of our environment
as the harsh elements can hardly reach the dermal layer that
lies below. The epidermis constantly peels off and rejuvenates.
But during this course of molting the skin looks dry and you
tend to lose the natural glow that you were so proud of. The
peeling off is more likely to occur during the winter months
as the winds are dry and squeeze out the natural oily texture
of the skin. Again there are many who are allergic to the
suffer from painful allergic manifestations that have a detrimental
effect on the skin and can even lead to infections. They fail
to acclimatize with the sudden change in the climate and the
greatest effect is felt on the skin. Skin happens to be the
reflection of how you are affected by changes in your environment.
important enemy in modern city life is the wide range of pollutants
that precipitate in what we call the winter smog. These pollutants
not only darken your skin, the dirt particles clog the skin
pores and do not allow the skin to breathe. In the process
your skin shrinks and you look older.
But you can turn your tomorrow into the day after with regular
hair and skin care programme. Remember, your scalp is also
a part of your skin and requires regular attention, otherwise
your hair too will fall off easily and little can be done
once this downfall starts. good skin is not one that has been
taken for granted and abused with a variety of products, but
one where you know what products your skin needs. The texture
of all skin types are not same and nor do they have the same
requirements. The first step of our skin care treatment is
to have knowledge of the skin type - whether it is dry, oily
or neutral. The attention you give to your skin today will
definitely be reflected years later.
However, application of various products only on the outer
surface does not lead to an ultimate healthy skin. What one
needs is a healthy diet and a peaceful mind. The meals should
have ample amount of juicy fruits and vegetables along with
at least ten glasses of water a day. Intake of liquids help
your skin to retain the essential oils automatically and acts
as a natural protection against dryness. The diet should be
deficient in vitamins, specially vitamin C and vitamin E.
Both these vitamins are essential to keep the skin soft and
supple. Though most of the modern skin care products contain
vitamin E, it is advised to drink milk and eat the white of
an egg to assure regular intake of vitamin E.
as far as vitamin C is concerned a lot of green vegetables
and fruits will serve the purpose. Again, there are certain
parts of the body that require special care during the winter
months. These are you feet and hands. Specially the feet tend
to crack and they are the most neglected areas, constantly
exposed to dirt and dryness. Your scalp too needs special
mention as many of us suffer from the dandruff that can have
long term effect on the like hair fall. And what about your
lovely nose? It must look horrible with the blackheads crowding
on the soft exposed part.
Three elements of skin care are needed for any skin during
winter. These are a deep cleansing milk to remove the dirt
or excess oil adhering to the skin. This is followed by astringent
applications that cools, tightens and tones the skin enabling
it to maintain a natural balance. And last but not the least
an oil based nutrient rich in vitamin E to nourish the skin
and keep it supple.