London: The season’s vampires are in town — piercing cold wind in the mornings, steamy showers, dipping temps, and drying indoor heat. Pakistani winter sure can slurp the life right out of your skin and hair. Lucky for you, we have you covered! As compiled from Reader’s Digest and Women’s Health magazine, read up on the ultimate advice for soothing your thirstiest parts — from scalp to soles.
Parched hands and fissured feet: No matter how much lotion you slather up your hands and feet with, is the cold air still leaving you painfully dry? Worry not — soothing remedies for your hands and feet are sitting right in your kitchen, and uhm your bathroom.
Hands, Feet and Skin Care During Winter
Solution: Celebrity podiatrist Eric Reynolds recommends using an antiseptic mouthwash to soften dry skin on your feet. Mix one part mouthwash to two parts water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes. The mouthwash contains benzoic acid to help shed dead skin and ethanol to protect feet from bacteria and fungus. Also, make sure to wear comfy socks or slippers when walking around your house — this protects the soles of your foot from getting cracked and stiff.
For a cheap alternative to that high-end cream, try coating dry feet and hands in full-fat yogurt. The lactic acid in yogurt acts as a natural exfoliant to gently remove dead skin while the fats restore moisture. For an extra boost, mix a teaspoon of raw honey into the yogurt before slathering on skin (it’s super hydrating). Leave the mask on for ten minutes before rinsing off.
Dehydrated skin cells turn over more slowly, causing a buildup of dead skin, which hinders light reflection. Blood circulation also gets sluggish and soon enough, your summer-spring glow is gone and fine lines look more pronounced.
Solution: Bolster your beauty from the inside out by drinking lots of water and loading up on omega-3s (essential fatty acids found in foods such as fish and walnuts). “Omega- 3s boost hydration, so I recommend taking supplements to ensure you get enough,” says Doris Day, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Centre.
Your daily skin regimen should start with a cleanser followed by a cream or balm instead of a lotion. “They’re richer and better at holding water in the skin,” says Day, who recommends you check out the ingredients of your cream before purchasing.
Creams must contain antioxidants (green tea or niacinamide), humectants (hyaluronic acid or glycerin), and emollients (nut butter or oils) to combat dry scaly skin. “These creams insulate the skin, which is key when you’re constantly going between the cold outside and the drying heat indoors,” says Day.