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Skincare Ingredients To Avoid In Winter

It is important to take into account the pros and cons of the winter skincare products and the ingredients in creams and moisturisers when applying them to your skin. Cool weather can lead to skin discomforts, such as scaling, flaking, and itching.

If you apply cream, lotions, and moisturisers without figuring out the pros and cons of the ingredients they contain, you could be doing serious damage to your skin. If you are thinking about changing your products or adding new items to your skincare, you need to go through the ingredients list first. 

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Cold Weather Skin Stressors

The dry winter months can be  harsh on the skin, which radiates with moisture in the rest of the year. Even the skin that feels supple and soft otherwise can feel dry and rough during the winter months.

It is believed that if the temperature drops below freezing, your skin dries because cold air has less moisture than warm air. Combine it  with the low humidity in the air and the drying effects of indoor heating, you will have the perfect recipe for  dry, damaged skin.

It is a good thing that there are winter skincare products in the market right now that can  heal your skin during the coldest months of the year. Once the furnace starts up for the season, it's a good idea to pamper your skin with non-fragranced creams, gentle cleansers, and body oils.

While the gentle skincare products can help keep your skin comfortable, there are certain skin care ingredients to avoid in the winter months. From artificial fragrances to sulphates, here are some things you shouldn't put on your body this winter.

4 Skincare Ingredients to Avoid this Winter

Cold weather can make some of the products you enjoy less effective, due to the presence of certain ingredients. Hence, it will be better if you avoid these ingredients and don't bring them anywhere close to your  face or body.

  1. Fragrance
    As a skin care enthusiast, you love smelling heavenly lotions on your skin. A fragrant skin product, after all, offers a wonderful experience. However, you should keep these artificially-scented products as far as possible. Choosing products without synthetic fragrances is the best option if you have dry skin, since these perfumes are bad for skin and can irritate your skin. If you choose products that are made with high-quality ingredients such as natural oils, you can still enjoy the products that smell heavenly. 
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  2. Astringents
    Astringents contain alcohol that  further dry out your skin.  So please hide away that  bottle of astringent you shopped for until we can finally stroll in summer dresses. Astringents are usually alcohol-based and will dry your skin this season.
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  3. Bar Soap
    If you've spent ample time finding the perfect bar of soap, be extra careful during this time of year as many soaps contain ingredients that can  dry out your skin. We recommend switching to a cream cleanser or shower gel instead as they are free from sulphates, which are bad for skin.
    bar soap

  4. Petrolatum
    A petroleum jelly product is often advertised as moisture sealing, but it also locks in the dirt and grime,  preventing them from escaping. Petrolatum is bad for skin even though the products are commonly referred to as petroleum jelly. These products do not allow air to penetrate through the petroleum jelly, resulting in a bad case of winter acne. Try using unrefined coconut oil in place of products containing petrolatum, petrolatum oil, paraffin oil, or mineral oil. 
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Winter Skincare Tips

While it's important to avoid these ingredients, It's equally crucial to  take good care of your skin this season.  You can also keep your skin looking fresh no matter how low the temperatures plummet in the coming months. 

  1. Say Goodbye to Hot Showers
    While soaking in a hot shower might be your go-to way to relax at the end of the day, experts  suggest that it can dry your skin out. Hence,  it's better to avoid hot showers  during this time of year. Opt for lukewarm water instead to keep yourself warm. Moisturise yourself adequately post shower.

  2. Say Yes to Sunscreen
    The sun can  cause serious damage to your skin without protection during the winter. UV has its adverse even during the colder days , so it's important you apply sunscreen every day. 

  3. Moisturise daily
    Consider applying overnight deep moisturisers, which can help heal dry areas such as hands, feet, elbows, knees and lips. Wear cotton gloves and socks to hold the moisturiser in place. Try Switching to an oil-based moisturiser in the winter; your skin will thank you for it.
You can also use some of these home remedies for dry skin in winter to go with your moisturizer.

    Try Coco Soul:

    If you are looking for an all- natural winter skincare routine we recommend using the Coco Soul body care combo. 

    Do you want your morning showers to be  less like a wash-and-go ritual and more like a relaxing spa experience? Here's how. A shower gel can not only clean your body, but it can also lift your mood.

    A mood-lifting shower can leave a fresh feel on your skin, and the mild fragrance that lingers  through the day can rejuvenate your senses and keep you going from AM to PM. To lock in all the amazing benefits of the shower gel, you need a nourishing body lotion that will enhance your body care routine. So, to turn your every day into a spa day, try the  Coco Soul skincare combo that includes a soothing shower gel and a nourishing body lotion. This body care combo is curated with Ayurvedic ingredients and   the goodness of virgin coconut oil making it a perfect mix for your skincare essentials

    Frequently asked questions on skincare ingredients to avoid

    1. Which ingredients are bad for the skin in winter?

      Harsh chemicals are bad for your skin. Many skincare products such as sulphates, parabens, artificial perfumes etc are bad for your skin. Please do read the labels before investing in a winter skincare product

    2. Can we use salicylic acid in winter?

      The common ingredients in acne treatments are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. You can use it regularly in winters but ensure to get lower concentration of these chemicals.

    3. What Ingredients should never be in Skincare?

    • Parabens
    • Sulphates
    • Petroleum
    • Artificial Fragrances


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