7 Skincare Mistakes to Avoid in Winter


Winter is here. While you search for a fuzzy blanket and a cup of steaming hot coffee or tea to combat the cold. The dry wind can really be hard on your skin. When the temperature gets down and the air pressure increases, your skin can get extremely dry, flaky and vulnerable. With the chilly weather, problems like  irritation, tightness and even cracking can appear on your skin. On the flip side, pollution and UV rays due to depleting ozone layers affect the protecting barriers for our skin and make our skin dull and damaged. But, apart from the external factors, many of us make some skincare mistakes which are easily rectified with proper regime and little awareness. So, what mistakes should you keep an eye out for?We’ve picked the 7 most commonly made skincare mistakes that everyone generally makes.

We know you are feeling lazy, and it’s normal to give in to the alluring late-rising, sunbathing, and steamy showers. But guess what? When you’re stepping into these unintentional indulgences, they are counted as skincare mistakes which can wreck your supple skin. Your skin will become dull, dry and full of breakouts.

#1: Avoid Steaming Hot Water Bath for Long

In the cold winter days, everyone has thought of skipping showers at least once. Right? Actually, the chilled water scares us. So we opt for a steamy  hot water bath. It feels pretty relaxing, right? Many of us even take hot water baths to relieve stress. But did you know that scalding hot water showers can strip your skin of natural oils and moisture? Taking a hot shower for too long on cold days can result in inflammation, redness, and itchiness due to increased blood circulation.


We know you’re terrified with the idea of splashing your skin with cold water. Fear not, you can use very lukewarm water every day. We suggest you avoid using too-hot water showers daily. With a lukewarm water shower, your skin will remain healthy and clean. You can apply aloe vera or coconut oil to the affected areas if your skin feels itchy or red.

#2: Ignoring Lip Care is Not OK

Lips are probably the most ignored part of your body’s skin. It only receives attention only during winter. Leaving your chapped and flaky lips unattended is a bad idea. If you have been doing it for a long time, your lips will worsen during winter. Plus, wearing long-stay, highly matte lipsticks can make your lips even drier and more chapped.


Start a mild exfoliation on your lips. You can use natural ingredients to do it. Use either your fingertips or your toothbrush to exfoliate the dead scaly lips skin. After you are done, wash your lips. Now put on some lip balm to keep your lips hydrated. You can use Jojoba and Almond oil riched Lotus Herbals’ Raspberry Lip Balm to give your lips a deep moisturisation.

If possible, avoid drying matte lipsticks and choose lip plumper for a fuller and glossy look.

#3: The Cleansing matter

In winter, the air pollution, dust level and skin cell processes remain the same as always. So, like any other season, cleansing is one of the topmost skincare steps you must maintain.Lack of proper cleansing during winter is the kind of mistake that can create a lot of issues for your skin. Choosing harsh and dry cleansing agents is a common mistake we all make. So choose the right product and enjoy a soft and clear skin in winter.


Instead of harsh soap, use a moisturised cleansing agent. So pick a mild face wash and treat your skin gently. If you don’t want to go for an over-the-counter cleanser, choose a natural one. For getting a clear as well as a moisturised skin, you can add Lotus Herbals Jojobawash Active Milli Capsules Nourishing Face Wash to your skin care regime. It nourishes your skin with the goodness of natural ingredients like Vitamin E, Jojoba and Avocado extracts.

#4: You Need to Exfoliate

We often believe that we don’t need to exfoliate during winter. It is one of the most common perceptions and, needless to say, a mistake. Avoiding exfoliation in winter will make your skin scaly and rough. It can also cause severe breakouts on the face.


During winter, you can use a mild and gentle exfoliator to help peel off the dead skin cells piling up on your face. With the goodness of Almond Extracts & Bulgarian Rose, Lotus Herbals WhiteGlow Advanced Pink Glow Exfoliator mildly exfoliates the dead skin cells and outer layers of skin.

#5: Sunscreen-An All Season Must Product

One of the biggest and most common misconceptions we have is that sunscreen is only required for the summer season. But Friends, sunscreen is a protection against the sun rays not the temperature outside. So, not using sunscreen on your face during winter can be a horrible idea. Sun rays are equally active and contain the same harmful elements in winter as in summer.


Wear your normal sunscreen during winter. Apply it 30 minutes to 1 hour before stepping out in the sun. If you are a proud owner of dry skin, you can opt for a cream-based thick sunscreen lotion. You can get a full UVA/UVB protection with Safe Sunscreen Cream PA+ SPF 20 as it is enriched with antioxidants and prevents your skin from damages.

#6: Return of the Winter Hero: Moisturiser

The first thing that pops into our head whenever we hear winter is- moisturisers. Not using the proper moisturiser according to your specific skin type is a flawed approach to your skincare.


Moisturisers are like those ancient heroes who were always there for us. Gone are the days when one cold cream or moisturiser used to be for everyone. Now the best moisturiser for acne-prone skin differs from the lotion for sensitive skin. Choose the hydrating, soothing moisturiser specifically made for your skin. To treat your skin with deep nourishment and repair the damaged skin, Lotus Herbals Cocomoist Cocoa Butter Moisturising Lotion is a great choice you can pick for your skin.

#7: Sleeping with makeup on- Is a Big NO

Winter rings the bells of parties, late-night hangouts, and eating out. For you, this means coming home late and feeling so tired that you can barely keep your eyes open. Then you forget to take off the makeup and go into a deep sleep. Sounds familiar, right? There goes the blunder. Sleeping with your makeup is one of the cruellest things you can do to your skin.


We recommend washing your makeup off before going to sleep. Secondly, if you think you have a hectic schedule, make sure you only layer up the makeup a little. But we’ve a more exciting solution, you can quickly pull off your makeup and dirt with Lotus Herbals Lemonpure Turmeric And Lemon Cleansing Milk. It detoxifies your skin and preserves the skin’s elasticity and moisture instantly. Lotus Herbals WhiteGlow 3 in 1 Deep Cleansing Skin Brightening Facial Foam can also be a better option for deep cleansing and protecting from skin damage.

We all have made some of these mistakes in the cold of winter, at least once in our life. So, keep a watchful eye out for these mistakes. Can you think of other skincare mistakes we make in winter? What is your quick fix to these mistakes? Do share your thoughts with us.

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