How To Deal With Dull And Ashy Skin This Winter

Jyotika Udeshi , 16 Dec 2019

As much as I look forward to winter and the respite it gives from all the heat, I often dread the effect it has on my skin. From dry and itchy patches to grey and lacklustre skin, my body faces all kinds of issues when the temperatures begin to dip. Luckily, I’ve discovered a few tricks that help remedy these problems!

Tip #1: Dry Brushing Is Everything

Dry brushing has been a game-changer for my skin! This process involves using a natural bristle brush all over your body to slough off dead skin and increase circulation. Not only does it deliver smoother and firmer skin, but also feels heavenly after a long day at work.

The Body Shop Long Handled Cactus Bath Brush | Source: The Body Shop

Tip #2: Chemical Exfoliants Are Miracle Workers

Whilst I’m all for physical scrubs and brushes on my body, I only use chemical exfoliants on my face. AHAs like lactic acid and glycolic acid do a wonderful job at buffing away dry skin, whilst unclogging my pores and preventing breakouts. When my skin is particularly dry, I use these 2-3 times a week to keep my complexion balanced and flake-free.

GlamGlow SuperSerum | Source: GlamGlow

Tip #3: Oils Are Your Friends

I honestly wish that I had known this tip sooner! I’ve been using body oils all over my damp skin and have noticed a huge difference in my arms and legs. My skin feels soft, supple and actually looks luminous. However, the real magic lies in facial oils, which work to lock in moisture. Since my skin is prone to acne, I prefer using a non-comedogenic oil like jojoba oil to protect my face.

Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil | Source: Herbivore Botanicals
Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil | Source: Herbivore Botanicals

Tip #4: Vitamin C Is The Ingredient To Own

Dull skin is a major issue this season. To counteract this, it’s best to incorporate a vitamin C serum into your routine. Apart from adding radiance, this ingredient also helps fade hyperpigmentation and boosts collagen production. Use it daily for quick results.

Source: Clinique
Clinique Fresh Pressed™ Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% | Source: Clinique

Tip #5: Layer Like A Pro

Just like you layer your clothes, you need to layer your skincare products too! After cleansing, opt for a serum with hyaluronic acid to retain your skin’s natural moisture. Follow up with your vitamin C serum and another moisturiser. Those with combination-to-oily skin can use gels, whilst those with drier complexions should reach for heavier formulas. Seal it all in with a few drops of your facial oil before applying sunscreen. Follow the same regime at night, by swapping in the vitamin C for a chemical exfoliant and eliminating the sunscreen.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream | Source: Kiehl’s

Are you going to try out any of these tips this season? Let me know in the comments below.

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