DIET IN WINTER
The best way to keep your skin healthy in winter is to ensure that you have lots of fresh vegetables along with sufficient intake of water. Foods containing beta carotene (yellow and orange in color) like papaya, orange ,carrot yellow, red capsicum, peach, pineapple, sweet potato, radish, spinach, lettuce(purple) pumpkin etc are good to keep skin barrier intact and also to prevent dryness. Further drink two liters of water daily. Avoid fried and sweet foods. Do not expose yourself to excess sunlight as it breaks the skin barrier. Avoid hot water for bath.
HAVE ENOUGH WATER-DON'T CONFUSE THIRST FOR HUNGER
We tend to eat more during the winter because we feel hungry often. People feel less thirsty during the winters because they aren't sweating due to the cold temperature. Our body requires lots of water and when this requirement isn't fulfilled we misunderstand thirst for hunger and eat more than necessary. Therefore it is imperative to have enough water and not to confuse thirst for hunger.
Avoid soap since it decreases natural moisturizers
Avoid taking steam during winter
Avoid exposing yourself to excess sunlight as it breaks the skin barrier.
Avoid hot water for bath.
Soak a washcloth in cold milk and put the cloth on your dry skin for five minutes. Wash off with another cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that greatly help get rid of dry and itchy skin. Plus the lactic acid in milk exfoliates dead skin cells and increases the skins ability to retain moisture. Also it helps lighten your completion.
Yogurt is an excellent skin hydrating agent and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps sooth dry and itchy skin. Also its lactic acid content helps get rid of any germs or bacteria that may cause dryness or itchiness. Apply fresh yogurt and gently massage it. Leave it on for ten minutes and rinse. The mild exfoliating action of yogurt will remove dry skin and leave your skin refreshed.
A mixture of mashed banana with butter can also be applied. Butter has moisturizing properties while the banana in the pack helps retain the moisture.
A mask of carrot is not only is good for dry skin but also lightens the dark skin. The mask can be prepared with a a carrot, grind it and take two tbsp of grounded carrot , mix it with one tbsp of honey, apply on your face and leave if on for 10 minutes. This mask lightens the dark skin and also helps to treat the dry skin.
A mask of almond with carrot is also useful. Mix eight washed almonds, with carrot which has been grounded with a 3/4th cup moderately hot milk. Add a spoon full oil to this, and apply the mixture to face and neck and wash after five minutes.
Application of a mixture of Aloe Vera and Coconut oil is good to cure dry skin in winter. Cut the spine of an aloe vera leaf, remove the rind and fillet out the inner fleshy gel. Throw it into the blender and mix with 1tbsp of coconut oil. Pour the mixture in spray bottle and spray on your face before sleeping.