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Aloe, almond & more–here are millennial beauty guru Nikita Upadhyay’s winter hacks

Updated on:22 November 2019, 17:02pm IST
Don’t let you skin suffer at the hand of the changing season. Embrace winter naturally with these skincare hacks for all skin types by Nikita Upadhyay, author of Roots to Radiance.
Nikita Upadhyay
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Applying aloe vera gel can soothe your skin! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Just when you’ve figured out a way to retain good health despite pollution, stress and the outcome of your eating and sleeping pattern–the weather changed! And without an ounce of guilt, it demanded you to change your creams, shampoo and even the craving of your taste buds.

Using the same products and following the same lifestyle pattern has proven to be one of the worst things you could do to your body. While seasonal changes and your body’s reaction to them are inevitable, you can change your lifestyle to be the best version of you throughout the year.

Let’s look at it this way–what’s the fun in following the same pattern throughout the year anyway?

Our skin and body demand change as per the weather. For example, won’t you just kill for some pakodas when it’s raining outside? Or, given that it’s cold in winters, can you resist having your favourite ice cream? And knowing how bad sodas are, don’t you just not care in summers?

But let’s face it, you are what you eat and I wouldn’t give you unreal advice to stop living your life and not have junk food–but ensuring a balance and detoxing your skin and system from time to time is the key to reversing damages done by your culinary indulgences.

Here are some healthy ways to deal with your skin and health through the upcoming winter season:

For oily skin
People with oily skin can take an empty spray container/bottle and fill it with rose water, aloe vera juice and 2 drops of almond oil and spray it on their face–thrice every day. Feel free to carry the bottle along with you in your bag. Following this routine will take off dirt and excess oil, leaving your face adequately moisturized throughout the season.

For dry skin
You know how dry skin can start acting up, especially in winters. But overdosing it with too much cream and oil isn’t the solution either. Fix dryness without making your skin too greasy by pouring some glycerine, rose water, lemon juice, and 3 drops of almond oil in a small bottle and let it soak in indirect sunlight for 2 – 3 days straight.

Use this solution as a night serum and rinse the next morning to keep your skin glowing and hydrated throughout the snowflakes season.

For combination skin
Having combination skin is like being the middle child. You sure have some perks of it, but most of the time, you really can’t decide which side you belong to. Settle the dilemma of at-time-too-oily and at-times-too-dry skin by repeating the same recipe as above without almond oil.

Concoction for winter
There’s never a bad time to drink carrot, beetroot and spinach juice, but in winters, you can boost your glow and keep health in check by drinking this juice by adding pepper and ginger to it. This juice also helps better your vision and soothes a sore throat.

During the chills, one should also eat dry fruits such as almonds, walnuts and figs because they have natural oils in them and those oils are needed to regulate parts of the body that crave extra oil in that season.

 

Excerpted from Roots to Radiance, Wholesome Beauty Solutions For The Millennial Life by Nikita Upadhaya–with permission from Penguin Random House India.

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Nikita is a beauty influencer and content creator online, and has worked with major cosmetic and wellness brands. She authored her first book—Roots to Radiance, Wholesome Beauty Solutions For The Millennial Life—in 2019.