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by Mohammad Abid Asamadi 25 Mar 2023

In cold winter months, while we enjoy the warm comfort of sweaters and hot beverages, dryness and chapping can be unwelcome side effects. 

This means we have to modify our skincare routine for optimum results. Aside from taking care of our faces and hair, now is the time to concentrate on nourishing the entire body - switching over to a hydrating and moisturizing regime can be beneficial in dealing with dehydrated or chapped skin. So why not make this season about being mindful of self-care? To best avoid these skin issues, we are here to help you say goodbye to flaky skin with a winter skincare routine!

Importance Of A Winter Skincare Routine

During the winter months, it's common to experience an increase in irritation to the skin due to wind, cold temperatures, and even heaters. This can show up as dryness, redness, or even dark marks - a sign that the skin's protective barrier is not functioning as intended. Skin cells act as bricks, with lipid layers playing the role of mortar to protect against external elements.  To safeguard our skin barrier during this season, building a winter skincare routine can be helpful. 

From proper hydration to avoiding harsh products, these strategies may help guard against unnecessary aggravation and keep your winter skin healthy and glowing!

Switch To A Hydrating Cleansing Routine

As the temperatures plummet, your face and body need some extra attention. Replace your usual body and face wash with a creamy and hydrating alternative to maintain its natural balance and avoid uncomfortable dryness. This simple switch can make all the difference in ensuring smooth, healthy skin all winter long!

A daily winter skincare routine should start with a gentle, creamy cleanser for your face and body. We recommend ALZIBA CARES Sandalwood & Castor Oil facewash and Coconut Oil body soap. Both these products will nurture your skin and protect its natural barrier, leaving you free of dryness, sensitivity, or irritation. The creamy formula will break down any dirt buildup from the day, ensuring your complexion is refreshed and revitalized.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

With the winter chill taking its toll on our skin, signs such as dryness, chapping, and flakiness are unavoidable. To ensure that your skin stays nourished, dedicate a few moments of your day to moisturizing. A great way to do this is slathering your skin with 24-hour body lotions or creams that come with a creamy texture and diverse ingredients like those from ALZIBA CARES - just perfect for revitalizing your skin this season. This is one of the easiest ways to say goodbye to flaky skin!

Ingredients such as petrolatum, squalene, shea butter, and hyaluronic acid create an occlusive barrier on the surface of the skin that traps moisture. This protective seal helps lock in hydration, while humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid help attract and retain water within the deeper layers of the skin. Humectants are particularly beneficial for facial products as they keep skin looking smooth without clogging pores or leading to breakouts.

Embrace the season and give yourself some pampering by giving your skin its well-deserved hydration boost. 

Get Rid Of Dead Skin 

It is essential to exfoliate your skin no matter the season, to maintain its supple and soft condition. Doing so can allow skincare products to better penetrate the layers of skin and perform their duties efficiently. But it's important to note that using harsh exfoliants could potentially damage the skin barrier, which is why gentle formulas should be favored. Look for ingredients that suit your specific skin type as well as those best suited for the current season, like a moisturizing formulation or another item you may find appropriate.

To enjoy optimal results, try and do this weekly; then marvel at the newfound luminosity of your skin!

An Antioxidant Serum Is A Must

Despite seasonal shifts, antioxidant serums should be a year-round staple. Irrespective of the climate, free radicals damage the skin by creating sun spots, causing collagen breakdown and premature fine lines. Therefore, incorporate an alcohol-free vitamin C formula into your daily routine to get ahead of the damage. As always, it's vital to use sunscreen; SPF 30 provides reliable protection against UV rays even on cloudy days.

Warm & Short Showers

Who doesn’t adore a nice long steamy shower in the wintertime? It's cozy, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Steamy hot showers deprive the skin of its much-needed moisture; so it's important to find a happy medium with lukewarm water instead of piping hot temperatures. 

Keep Your Home Temperature Comfortable

Give your skin a chance to keep itself hydrated and don't let that thermostat rise too high! As you walk through your front door seeking a respite from the cold, arid air outside, don't be tempted to overcompensate by blasting your thermostat. Excessive heat can create an even more uncomfortable atmosphere in your home. Instead, keep it in a setting that is comfortably cool and won't dry out your skin any further.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

A winter skincare routine cannot reach its full potential without proper hydration! Even the most diligent skincare practices can be ineffective if your body is deprived of water, resulting in dry and lifeless skin. o avoid dried-out skin, we need to ensure that our internal fluids are replenished! If two liters of water per day is too hard to stick with, then try substituting with herbal teas - they work just as well.

At Last

Cold weather can be especially tough on your skin, but we promise the above-mentioned winter skincare routine will help improve the tone and texture while also preventing inflammation and sensitivity. It's important to test products before committing to them, and at ALZIBA CARES we provide quality products that are suitable for all skin types - and with our expert advice, you'll be able to maintain a healthy complexion no matter the season! 

Just take advantage of our professional guidance where needed, and bask in the beauty that winter has to offer without worry!

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