Winter is upon us again and the heavy
jerseys, coats, scarves, pale faces and chapped lips are making their
Of all the worst seasons for our skin winter
has to be among the worst, skin dries up, lips get chapped and people just look
It is vital to pay extra attention to your
skin at this stage as it is more prone to dryness.
Yes I know Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Tea
are probably the only thing you want to be sipping during winter but Good old
water is the way to keep hydrated.
Add some zest to your water with Lemon or
lime if you cannot really summon your thirst but remember that water wins when
it comes to keeping your skin soft, supple, and moisturised.
No one likes getting up in the mornings
during winter but drinking water keeps you energised and its way more healthy
than that caffeine high you keep trying to get.
Someone accurately said that in winter,
water bills go lower and Electricity bills higher.
There are two reasons for this: People take
less baths in winter and when they do they take hot ones.
Both are wrong ways of going about things
and here is why.
You need to bath and not just splash water
over your body either but you need to exfoliate which is gently scrubbing your
skin to remove dead skin cells and increase blood circulation..
Winter usually means dryer skin which makes
it even more important to exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead skin cells and
promote cell turnover.
Not bathing will leave your skin looking
pale, tired, and wrinkled but by exfoliating you ensure yourself a smooth, brighter,
and younger looking skin.
Yes it’s freezing and a hot steamy bath
seems like the best remedy but do not take hot baths or showers either just
Hot water dries your skin because it opens
your pores which cause moisture loss by stripping your skin of all its natural
Moisturising is key, Gentlemen yes it feels
like only women should apply lotion but please do your body a favour and lock
in that moisture.
It is worth noting that lotion, or cream or
butter that you use should not be on a dry body because overall the best
moisture is water.
Your skin also gets thirsty so do not
totally dry your body but apply on a partially wet skin, some people complain
that they follow all these tips but they still dry up.
You may need to switch to a product that
has heavier moisture also the age old faithful glycerine works wonders just add
some more to your lotion.
You could also drop some Olive Oil (key
word here) or Aloe Vera into your lotion as it’s a great way to moisturise your
Always carry a lip balm (not lip gloss as
its only shiny), actually invest in one from a credible source as your lips are
usually more prone to dryness, and avoid licking your lips when they feel dry
as this strips moisture off them.
Carry some hand cream or lotion as well,
this does not mean you have to kill yourself financially just find a small
bottle and pour some of your lotion in it and you are good to go.
Some people’s heels crack in winter it
really is nothing to be ashamed of as this ranges from a variety of reasons
from Hormones, genetics and dryness.
One way to help combat this is through
gently scrubbing your heels in warm lemon water at night and then you rub heel
lotion or Vaseline and wear socks.
For the parents it’s important to keep the
little ones warm by following the above tips and dressing the little ones
Invest in colorful scarves, socks and head
socks and keep the little ones active as this will help retain that glow that
children always have.
That squeaky clean feeling that most
parents want to achieve is not ideal for winter as it can lead to irritated
skin for children.
Use a very mild soap during winter and
ensure it is hypo allergenic as children have extremely sensitive skin.
Bear in mind that most of these lotions
were not made with our climate in mind so try to be as careful with what you
use as possible.
Model and Up Coming Fashion Designer Martha Chilongoshi has enviable flawless skin.
She says that she avoids any sort of creams and just uses ordinary lotion for her body and only glycerine on her face.
"I take a lot of water, so my skin is not pale because
of dehydration, and I also avoid strongly scented soaps because they
tend to be rough on the skin. "
Some Tips to Help You
Glycerine is your best friend in ensuring
that your moisturizer reaches its ultimate potential.
There’s a reason why
generations of Zambian women have mixed their lotion with Glycerine and besides
for very dry skin you can use it on its own.
Mix some drops of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (the same used
for cooking) into your lotion, for that extra moisture and glow.