Winter skin care tips

The season of skin woes are soon approaching and this time don’t let the winter from robbing your fab skin. Here are a few winter skin care tips which will help you get rid of flaky, dry and chapped skin.

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Ditch the soap!
Soaps have only one mode to them –extra clean, which results in dryness as it robs the essential oils from the skin. Just swap your soap with cleansers/creamy face washes. The cleansers do not wreak havoc on your skin like soap does. They gently remove dirt and excessive oils. And if you are big on exfoliation, then use a mild exfoliator during winters. Your face will thank you for this.

Say no to hot water
We know that in winter it is difficult to push yourself to take bath and when you do you love the extra hot mode. But this only creates problems to your skin. It is a fact that hot water doesn’t give moisture to your body. It takes away the protecting lipids and fat layers; as a result your skin feels dry and dehydrated. So wash with lukewarm water early in the morning. It will awaken your skin and keeps it fresh.

Moisturiser is the key
Right after bath, quench your facial skin’s thirst with the moisturiser that’s right for your skin. Don’t use water based moisturiser as it might dry up quickly when you go out. Instead use oil based moisturisers.

Get smoother hands & legs
Once you step out of the shower, make sure you pat-dry your skin and apply a rich moisturiser or body butter within the first three minutes. This helps to really lock in the moisture. Some parts of your body may require extra maintenance – specifically, your knees, feet and elbows. Apply petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, or coconut oil to these places. This will help give you that extra hydration.

Additionally, your feet will benefit from foot cream, which will hydrate your feet while you sleep. If the skin is really dry and rough, look for a lotion with salicylic acid, which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells.

Don’t forget the sunscreen
Just because it is winter, it does not mean that you can stowaway your sunscreens. Sun will still shine bright and the UV rays still have the power to damage your skin! So, wear a sunscreen with SPF 15 or more after you moisturise your skin.

Lip balms to the rescue
Chapped lips are a pain and you should resist the urge to lick your lips as this only worsens the case. Instead, use a lip exfoliator or soft toothbrush to remove the dry skin and then apply lip balm generously. Ideally, use a lip balm that as SPF 15+ component and tea tree oil, which can heal painful cracks and chapping. Don’t forget to use lip balm generously throughout the day.

‘Hand’le with care
Your hands are more exposed to cold air and water than any other part of your body. This causes them to be dry, chapped and red. Take care not to over wash your hands. Use lukewarm water when you have to and apply a hand lotion immediately afterwards.

Also check out this cool infographic which we found on Pinterest
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Bridal Makeup Decoded

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Bridal Makeup Decoded

The base: We started off with a moisturizer which suited the bride’s skin tone and then used a tinted primer to set the base. Later, concealer was applied to hide the flaws, foundation (which was an almost perfect match to the bride’s skin tone) and compact. This gave the bride a flawless and a seamless look.

Eyes: A base colour was applied and then cranberry coloured eyeshadow was applied all over the eye lids. Nylon coloured eyeshadow was used to highlight the brow bones. The eye makeup was completed with gel kajal, eyeliner and mascara.

The look was completed with a cranberry coloured blush and lipstick.

Hair Myths: Are they true?

We have all come across at least a myth or two about hair care. Such as, honey turns your hair grey or if you pluck out a grey hair, two more will take its place. But how much truth is there in these myths? Check it out:

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Myth #1: Honey is not good for my hair
Believe it or not, Honey is a great ingredient to add to your hair masks! Did you know that it has been used for hundreds of years to assist in making natural hair easier to manage, style and keep it moisturized? Yes, honey does all this to your hair and much more due to its anti-bacterial and hydrating properties. Honey is a great option if you have sensitive skin and hair loss. However, do not use honey alone on your hair. Use it along with other hair masks, conditioner and hot oil.

Bottom line: Honey is good for your hair, but when mixed with other masks or oil.

Myth #2: Stress can turn your hair grey
This has always been a commonly held belief without any proof, but we’re getting closer to understanding it. Researchers from New York University School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine published a study in June which provided evidence that stress hormones can contribute to grey hair, via a complicated stem cell mechanism. However, it was a study done on mice and there are likely many other factors that contribute to going grey, like genetics and illness.

Bottom line: Might be true

Myth #3: If you pluck a grey hair, two more will grow
Each hair follicle can reproduce only one hair strand after being plucked, regardless of the color. In fact, plucking is a bad idea. Think about what happens when you over-pluck your eyebrows. Too much plucking will create a bald spot instead.

Bottom Line: False

Myth #4: Braiding my hair in the night can reduce my hair loss
By continuously wearing braids or ponytails will only result in pulling your hair and this causes tension and hence breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop. Hence, either sleep on a pillow with satin cover and with loose braid or keep your hair loose while sleeping.

Bottom Line: False

Myth #5: Going outside with wet hair when it is cold, can make you sick
We have all heard this one from a concerned mom or grandmother, right? Cold and other illnesses are caused by airborne pathogens like viruses and bacteria. Standing outside with wet hair won’t make you sick, unless someone sneezes on you while you’re standing out there, that is. However, you might end up getting a slight headache if your hair does not dry faster.

The Bottom Line: False

Myth #6: Your hair should be brushed 100 times a day
Sorry, Rapunzels as this is just a myth. Keep brushing to a minimum because if you brush your hair 100 strokes every day you only end up with hair loss and split ends.

The Bottom Line: False