Winter has come and so has pollution: Do your bit to protect your skin during harsh weather

Let’s talk about the problems that can damage your face this season and how to take care of skin in winter naturally because the time has come to stay warm and bright in the cold and dark.

It’s about time you start hoarding your favourite winter skincare products because this season, you’re going to need them more than you think. Winter 2020 is not just bringing cold and fog, but pollution and smog as well. Although, there are a lot of methods that you can find on the internet that will claim to give you the foolproof guide to keeping your skin safe, however, only a handful of them are actually reliable. So, prepare yourself and your skin for this winter season as it’s not going to be easy but don’t worry, we’re in this together!

There are a lot of things that come with Winters like flakey, oily or dry skin. This is why it is always better to arm yourself with the solutions to all your problems. We will discuss the measures you can take a little later. For now, let’s talk about the things that can happen to your skin during this polluted season.

Effects of cold weather on skin

Mentioned below are the most common skin problems that people face during the winter season:

  1. Acne

A skin condition that is usually characterized by red pimples on the skin, especially on the face. The condition is more often than not constituted with puberty, however, it can occur due to many other reasons as well. These can include poor hygiene, consumption of junk food, hormonal issues, etc.

  • Chapped Lips

Chapped lips are among the most common occurrence during winters. It happens due to lack of hydration and dry weather.

  • Dryness

Dryness is such a common skin problem in this season that it may as well be synonymous with winter. This can happen due to lack of moisturizer in the air.

  • Oily Skin

Oily skin is also a problem that many people face during this season. Many people decide to ditch their moisturizers during winters as they already have an oily skin texture, which is a big NO if you want a healthy skin.

  • UVA damage

Who needs sunscreen during winters, right? We Do! We’ve all made the mistake of ditching the sunscreen on a not-so-sunny winter morning but it is just as important as it is in summers. UVA rays remain constant throughout the year and can penetrate through clouds and fog. They can also penetrate glass, so it’s still possible to damage your skin while spending a bright winter day indoors.

Home Remedies for Winter skincare

“Every answer exists within”, a quote that also applies to skincare but only with slight modifications like every answer to your skin problem lies either in your garden or your kitchen or maybe even your refrigerator. That said, we have curated a list of home remedies that you can adopt to take care of your skin without having to buy expensive skincare products:

  • Olive oil for dry skin

Mix two teaspoon of olive oil with a tablespoon of organic brown sugar for a home-made scrub. It is considered to be the ideal exfoliating scrub for your skin as it consists of natural products that have less or no side-effects. For natural aromas, 1 or 2 drops of lavender oil can also be mixed.

  • Honey for Acne

Honey has antibacterial qualities and applying it on the affected area can help you fight off that acne with the least amount of discomfort. Always remember: don’t pop the pimple, even if you are intrigued to do so.

  • Lemon for Oily Skin

Squeeze of 1 ½ lemon and mix it with ½ teaspoon of tea tree oil. This mixture will go deep into the roots of your skin and bind with all natural oils. This will further help in controlling excess oil production.

  • Vitamins for Chapped Lips

Products that contain Vitamins A and E and other moisturizing ingredients can soothe the skin and aid in its repair. For best results, you can apply cool water to moisten the lips before the application of the products that are aimed at soothing and softening the lips.

  • Cover up for UVA damage

The best way to protect yourself against UV rays is by covering yourself up. Sunscreen may protect you to an extent but covering yourself up with hats, sunglasses, shawls, etc., will surely protect you against the harmful UV rays.

Apart from these, there is one more remedy that can help you get a glowing and hydrated skin, i.e., steaming your face. Steaming has a lot of benefits for your skin as it clears the pores and fights well against the pollution. However, over-doing it can damage your skin as well. So, steaming your face for 15 minutes once a week can help you get a healthy and happy skin.

There you have it, the home remedies that can help you keep your skin beautiful and happy this season because let’s be honest, we only like flakes on pizzas, not our face.


Daniel is our UK-based freelance Editor. As part of our quest towards credible news, Doctor's Clinic Blog India affiliates with individuals from other parts of the world to provide an in-depth focus on essential topics. Daniel received his degree from the University of Sheffield, and since then, worked to multiple sites as a freelance contributor and editor.

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