As temperatures drop, your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that needs some changing. Take a close look at your face cleanser; is it ideal for winters? Our skin loses 25% of its ability to hold moisture in the wintry months. And the same face wash that kept your face soft and supple during the summer, will probably not do a good job in the winter. Cleansing your face with a good face wash meant for winters is important. But how do you find out what’s best for the winter as they don’t put it on the pack? Fret not; here are some tips to help you find the best type of face wash for winter.
In winters, our skin loses its ability to contain moisture and leaves the skin looking dry and stretchy. Parched skin calls for deep hydration so try to opt for a face wash that says ‘hydrating’ or one that’s meant for normal to dry skin. Use products that contain natural fruit extracts of oranges, peaches, watermelon, or papaya which are great skin foods. Macadamia and jojoba oils are also great hydrating agents for the skin.
Moisturizing: Lack of moisture is worsened by the winter winds, which blow the moisture away from the skin, making it look flaky and ashen. Don’t think that slathering on moisturiser will do the trick. Sadly it’s not that simple. Moisturisers are of two types – humectants and occlusives. The former draw water from the lower levels of our skin (which means they use the moisture that is already present in our body) to rehydrate the upper levels, and the latter type of moisturizers have a barrier function that lock the moisture in our skin. So make sure to drink as much water as possible! And when it comes to buying a face cleanser, pick a product that contains hyaluronic acid and paraffins. Read the ingredients and look for these.
Even if you don’t usually have sensitive skin, it automatically turns sensitive in the wintry months. So try to pick a cleanser that does not contain any sodium lauryl sulphate. Look for one that is ‘soap free’ and has no artificial fragrances or harsh irritants that may upset your skin. Creamy face washes that don’t produce much lather are the best bet.
Most deep cleansing face washes contain alcohol that can irritate your facial skin causing breakouts. If you don’t want to look like a plate of pimples, use a gentle low-foaming cleanser that is alcohol free and contains vitamin E. If you want to deep clean or remove makeup, a face cleanser that contains coconut milk would work better than any other makeup remover.
Exfoliation: Exfoliation is essential in winter too! Our skin sheds more dead cells in winter and not exfoliating it would mean having dead skin-cell build-up on our face at all time. That’s not healthy at all! Our skin needs to breathe, and hence, it is important that you gently scrub away the dead skin cells.