Blog 41: Winter skin care for ageing skin
Winter can be really harsh on ageing skin. This type of skin already lacks the necessary moisture propelling the breakdown of elastin & collagen, the essential connective tissue proteins that maintain skin elasticity & pliability. Fine lines & wrinkles, uneven skin tone, rough skin texture are some of the first signs depicting lack of these vital extracellular structural proteins in skin. The cold winter air & lack of humidity makes the dryness of ageing skin even more acute as it cannot retain moisture. Appearance of dry patches & flaky skin are the dreaded problems of ageing skin during winter.
"Moisturizing" is the key to protect the skin in winter but “24x7 hydration” is not a very easy thing to achieve particularly when it comes to ageing skin. Milk cream (malai), vegetable oils (coconut oil, mustard oil, almond oil) can give you some relief but none of these alone can maintain the required skin hydration for more than 1-2 hours in ageing skin. So, what is the solution? The solution is to adopt a proper skin care regimen with proper products that will nourish the ageing skin & help to boost the natural collagen & elastin synthesis process of the skin so that the skin not only can avoid the harsh effects of the winter coldness but also looks rejuvenated.
Cleansing-Toning-Moisturizing is still the key
When it comes to winter care for ageing skin, the first & foremost thing to highlight is the daily CTM routine. Cleansing, Toning & moisturizing are vital to keep your skin in the best condition even during winter. However, for ageing skin, maximum care needs to be taken while picking the products & also the process of use. Check out the perfect CTM routine for ageing skin in winter,
Instead of using a face wash twice daily switch to the Keya Seth Cleansing milk for daily cleansing. This essential oils & Aloe Vera enriched cleansing milk will remove dirt & pollution from your skin, without reaping off the necessary moisture. It will also nourish & hydrate your skin with its natural formula. Use the Fresh Look Lotus face wash after using the cleansing milk (for deep cleansing) only for removing makeup completely.
While picking your toner make sure that it is free from alcohol & has skin hydrating properties. Skin Hydrating Orange Toner makes the perfect toner for dry, ageing skin as it provides nourishment & promotes even skin tone.
After cleansing & toning follow with moisturizing. While buying your moisturizer look for products that come with ingredients like Hyaluronic acid & niacinamide along with other age-restricting & nourishing components. STOPAGE V can be an ideal moisturizer for ageing skin during winter as it contains age-reversal complex along with essential oils of Lavender, Clary sage & Frankincense that keep the skin hydrated & protect from the effects of winter. However, keep in mind that you should not use STOPAGE V before going out into the sun.
Exfoliation is important
Just like cleansing, toning & moisturizing, exfoliating the skin is also important in order to ensure that the treatments applied on the skin are properly absorbed. Use the skin eraser liquid scrubber orange to exfoliate your face & body 1-2 times in a week. You can also prepare a scrubber at home by mixing oatmeal & milk powder with rosewater.
Sun protection is vital
When it comes to winter care for ageing skin, sun protection is really important. The cold winter wind might not let you feel the scorching effect of the sunrays, but that does not mean the UV rays are not harming your skin. Damage from harmful sunrays is one of the primary reasons of skin ageing. Use Umbrella SPF60 Sunscreen solution every time you step out of home during day time.
Care for drying body skin
To heal the dry skin of your body switch your regular bathing soap for the Aromatic Spa Conditioning Body Wash. Scrub your body 1-2 times a week with the skin eraser liquid scrubber orange to get rid of the dead skin cells. After bathing apply the Soft & Smooth Fairness Body Moist on damp skin. Wait till the moisturizer is fully absorbed, before putting on clothes.
Home treatments for ageing skin during winter
People with ageing skin can also use some special home treatments during winter to make sure that the condition of their skin is improved. Use any of the next face packs daily along with the above skin care regime to say goodbye to problems of ageing skin during winter,
Turmeric, Sour curd & Aloe Vera
Turmeric is an effective natural anti-oxidant & healer. It also helps in evening out the skin tone. Using turmeric on ageing skin will help in restoring the skin condition. Take 2 inch fresh turmeric root, make a smooth paste & squeeze out the juice. Apply this turmeric extract directly onto your cleansed & preferably exfoliated skin & leave on for 15 minutes or till it is absorbed into the skin.
Mix 1 spoon of freshly prepared Aloe Vera pulp with 1 spoon homemade sour curd & apply on the face over the turmeric. Leave on for 30 minutes or until the pack gets dry. Wash off with plenty of water & pat dry.
Banana & Honey face pack
The banana –honey face pack makes an ideal potion to treat the ageing skin during winter. The deep moisturizing ability of these ingredients helps in nourishing the dry ageing skin & also promotes moisture retention ability of the skin.
Take half of a ripe banana & smash it to make a smooth paste. Add 2 spoons of pure honey to it & mix well. Apply this pack onto your cleansed & exfoliated skin & leave on for 30 minutes. Wash off with plenty of water & pat dry.
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