I personally love winter. The chilly season, lazy mornings and cozy jumpers, boots, scarves makes me happy. But unfortunately, winter is the time when our skin does not like to cooperate with us. During these months, our skin tends to get dry, itchy, and dull due to lack of moisture. We usually look around for good cold creams and body butters as moisturizers.
But exposing our skin to harmful chemicals is always a huge risk to take. And along with it stressful lifestyles, hectic work schedules, inadequate sleep, lack of nutritional diet, pollution, harmful sun rays makes our skin flaky. Of course we cannot run away from this, but we can surely slow down the loss of glow and radiance from our skin.
We often overlook things available at our home that can enhance our skin care routine, but those can be a boon for a healthy glowing skin. Here are some basic home remedies that are easily available for skin care in winter.
Wash your face and pat it dry. Leave it slightly damp. Dip a cotton ball in glycerine and apply on the face avoiding the eyes and the lips. Leave the glycerine on. Glycerine is a natural moisturizer and helps to restore hydration of the skin, making it soft.
Lemon and honey
Squeeze out the juice from half a lemon and add this to 2 tablespoon of honey. Mix well and apply it on your face with a cotton ball. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse with water. Then use a good moisturizing lotion to keep the moisture intact. The vitamin C of lemon and the anti-inflammatory properties of honey helps to soothe itchy, irritated skin.
Olive oil
Apply a few drops of olive oil on your face and massage gently using your fingers. Let the oil be absorbed naturally into the skin. There is no need to wash it off. Olive oil can also be used to moisturize whole body. This oil is rich in vitamin E that helps to keep your skin youthful and hydrated as it is an emollient and retains moisture. This remedy is best done before hitting the bed.
Banana mask
Mash ½ a banana and add 2 teaspoon of honey. Mash the banana well so that no big lumps remain. Apply this on face and keep it on for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse with water. The vitamin C, B6, and A present in banana moisturizes and nourishes the skin. These help in retaining water in the skin and keeping it hydrated. Banana face mask also possesses anti-aging properties and will smoothen out fine lines and wrinkles.
Honey and milk
Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 2 tablespoon of milk. Dip the cotton ball in this mixture and apply it on the face and other dry areas of your body. Let it dry naturally for about 10 minutes. Then rinse with water. Milk will help in gently removing dry and flaky skin and making your skin smooth while moisturizing your skin. But if your skin is sensitive or allergic to milk, do not use this remedy.
Coconut Oil
Dab coconut oil on the affected area and massage until it gets absorbed into the skin. Do not wash off the oil. Coconut oil makes the skins softer and provides moisture to the skin naturally. It is rich in fatty acids and prevents moisture loss. During the winter months, apply coconut oil at night before going to bed.

Badhan Sarkar