All of us want to look good, no matter the season. During change of season, adjust your daily beauty care routine. The skin is influenced by seasonal changes and different conditions, like heat and humidity, or lack of it. With the approach of winter, the humidity in the air starts decreasing. People with normal to dry skin start experiencing a taut feeling in their skin after washing or cleansing. Those with oily skin complain that the skin feels dry after washing, but becomes oily and prone to eruptions, after applying creams. Actually, oily skins can also be short of moisture when the season changes. As for normal to dry skin, it can become rough and flaky, or even highly sensitive, with rough red patches.
EFFECTS ON YOUR SKIN
With the coming of spring, there can be problems like allergies, itching, rashes or inflamed skin because of pollutants and pollen that are in the air. The skin is one of the first to bear the brunt of irritants. Use skincare products that cleanse the skin without disturbing the moisture balance.
The skin absorbs moisture during spring in the form of an emulsion of oil and water. For normal to dry skin, use a sunscreen, before going out in the sun. If you are indoors, use moisturiser.
Apply a liquid moisturiser under make-up, before using foundation. For an oily or combination skin, apply sunscreen gel. Honey, being a powerful humectant, attracts moisture to the skin. Honey helps to relieve dryness and suits all skin types. For oily skin, mix honey with egg white or lemon juice and apply on the skin daily, wash off after 15 minutes with plain water. Aloe vera gel is also ideal for moisturising all skin types. Cleanse your skin every night to remove dirt, pollutants, make-up, sweat and oil secretions. Select cleansing gel for dry skin, cleansing milk for combination skin, or face wash for oily skin and medicated cleanser for acne-prone skin. Scrubs to remove dead skin cells – twice a week for oily skin and once a week for dry skin. Dry skins should use a creamy moisturiser.
WHAT NOT TO DO
– Don’t wash the face with soap and water more than 2 or 3 times a day. Alkaline soaps can disrupt the normal pH balance
– For oily skin, mix 100 ml rose water with one teaspoon pure glycerine. Keep in airtight bottle in fridge. Apply this lotion to moisturise normal to oily and combination skin
– Don’t apply facial scrub on pimples, acne or rash
Avoid leaving under-eye creams overnight. Remove them gently with moist cotton wool after 15 minutes
By: Shahnaz Husain, herbal beauty doyenne