Winter is one such season which brings some pleasurable experiences to your heart and mind but also brings uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. With the temperature drop, the humidity levels drop and our skin becomes parched due to the dry air. Your skin can readily react to the atmospheric humidity and dampness which can lead to skin dryness and unnecessary pimple growth.
The reasons for skin dryness are several.
- Strong winter winds lower the level of skin’s natural lipids, which are the most important part of the skin barrier and keep skin from drying out.
- Cold air has less moisture than warm or hot air which can immensely affect your skin by making it dry.
- A hot shower during winter can leave the skin dry, flaky, and itchy.
- Hot drinks like coffee contain caffeine that can dry the skin from the inside.
- Warm winter clothing can irritate and leave the skin itchy.
- Although you might not feel the heat of the sun during winter, yet the presence of ultraviolet radiation can damage your skin.
One of the natural remedies that can help in getting rid of dryness in winters is the usage of milk cream (malai).
Milk cream is one of the most well-known home remedies for dry skin. The presence of lactic acid in milk helps improve skin health. Lactic acid exfoliates the dry dead surface of the skin and accelerates collagen production. Milk is a great source of caprylic acid which helps maintain the proper pH balance of the skin. Milk cream is also an amazing moisturiser that is needed for dry skincare.
Using milk cream with lemon juice can protect your skin from dryness.
- Lemon juice – a few drops
- Milk – 1 teaspoon
- Milk cream – 2 teaspoons
Add lemon juice and milk to the milk cream. Apply the paste on the face, hands and legs. Leave it for 15 minutes and thereafter wash off with lukewarm water.
– by Tanya Sahni
Author’s bio: I am a nutritionist by profession, co owner of a chain of wellness centres under the name of Health Zone in Lucknow. Its been 16 years in the wellness industry. I am a post graduate in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics.
Apart from the above I have been associated with various Dainik Jagran programs on Women health and Nutrition.