This and the increased dryness of the skin due to the drying effects of the sun and the wind are responsible for causing the tiny wrinkles and giving rise to various skin ailments like scaling, itching, chapping and eczema.
Excessive use of cosmetics, hair dyes and sprays, too many hot baths and perfumes also make the hair dry. Every night before going to bed, take one tablespoon of milk cream and mix in a few drops each of glycerine, olive oil and rose water. Mix well and apply over your entire face, neck and hands. Pat dry with a soft towel.
Also, massage your body well with olive or coconut oil blended with a few drops of rose water 10 minutes before your bath to make your skin soft and glowing. Initially the surface of the skin becomes red but later it turns dry, rough and scaly. Take a tablespoon of sandalwood oil and mix in an equal quantity of coconut oil. Mix well and apply on the body an hour before you take your bath. Abstain from wearing woolens next to the body. If the skin on the soles of your feet becomes hard and cracked, rub the soles at bath time with soapy water and pumice stone. Massage them well with olive or coconut oil to keep the skin soft and smooth and to help the circulation of blood. After exposure to cold, take a foot bath using warm water and soap. If your lips happen to chap, peel or crack, here is an effective remedy.
Dry, itchy skin around the mouth is a common complaint during winter. Vitamin B tablets will help in this case. Winter plays havoc with the hair, making it dry, brittle and dull. Use a moisturized foundation to protect your ,skin against the harsh effects of the cold weather. Touch up your lips with warm, creamy colors. Add lipgloss or a little vaseline to keep your lips soft and pretty.
For winter makeup color, think rich! Keep it smooth, and flaunt that fair skin—just don’t forget to protect it; UV rays still penetrate your skin even if it’s not hot outside. For skin, use the lightest coverage you feel comfortable in. The darker your skin, the darker your blush should be.
For eyes, use shadow colors like golden or chocolate brown, purple, berry, and mauve. Black eyeliner can be the finishing touch with any eye color/shadow combination. If you want to be adventurous, dabble in deep colored liners like navy, plum, hunter green, or brown. Winter’s also a good time to experiment with reds a la Old Hollywood glamour girls. Fair skin should wear sheer reds, but darker complexions can go bolder.