Care for your skin

... you wake up to a dull and dry ap­pear­ance. Not this sea­son! Here are some handy tips to en­joy the cool weather with glow­ing skin.

Hair - - Beauty - Text Dr Varun Katyal

On a win­ter’s day...

Come win­ter, the mois­ture-sap­ping weather, wind and in­door heat­ing can leave your skin look­ing lus­tre­less. If you live through this or­deal ev­ery year, you have ar­rived at the right page. Read on to know how to keep your skin look­ing su­per hot even in the cold win­ter months.

Re­place the soap: Soaps can be quite harsh on your skin. Use very gen­tle pH neu­tral cleansers and liq­uid body washes.

Mois­turise thor­oughly: Mois­tur­is­ing the skin well is a good way to soothe or pre­vent chapped skin. In­gre­di­ents such as petroleum jelly and min­eral oil can help re­tain mois­ture / in the skin. Even if you have oily skin, you still need to mois­turise it. Opt for prod­ucts la­belled as non-come­do­genic, as they won’t clog your pores. Lo­tions con­tain­ing ‘humec­tants’, a class of sub­stances (in­clud­ing glyc­er­ine, sor­bitol, and al­pha-hy­droxy acids) that at­tract mois­ture to your skin may also help. Ap­ply the mois­turiser on slightly damp skin to seal the mois­ture. Re­mem­ber to drink wa­ter to keep your­self hy­drated.

Screen the sun:

Ap­ply a broad-spec­trum sun­screen, with an SPF of at least 30 ev­ery­day on your face and other ex­posed body parts. Re-ap­ply ev­ery two hours if you are out in the open.

Ex­fo­li­ate prop­erly:

Ex­fo­li­a­tion (once a week) is im­por­tant in or­der to re­move dead skin cells and pre­vent skin from look­ing dull. How­ever, opt for a very gen­tle ex­fo­li­at­ing prod­uct and do not scrub too hard or too long. Fol­low it up with a hy­drat­ing mask.

Lip care:

Ap­ply a lip balm, with an SPF 15 ev­ery­day and avoid lick­ing your lips.

Care for your hands:

Af­ter ev­ery hand wash, ap­ply a good hand cream or mois­turiser and wear gloves when you step out­side.

Pamper your feet:

Opt for a good foot cream that con­tains petroleum jelly or glyc­er­ine. Use ex­fo­liants to get the dead skin off your feet as this helps the mois­turiser to pen­e­trate faster and deeper.

In­gre­di­ents such as petroleum jelly and min­eral oil can help re­tain mois­ture in the skin. Even if you have oily skin, you still need to mois­turise it.

Shave prop­erly:

Men need to take spe­cial care while shav­ing dur­ing win­ters. Shav­ing can leave your skin ex­tra ir­ri­tated, es­pe­cially if it’s al­ready dry. Use a skin-ap­pro­pri­ate shav­ing cream, change the blades of your shaver reg­u­larly and al­ways shave in the di­rec­tion of hair growth.

Avoid su­per­hot baths:

Hot wa­ter can rob your skin of its pro­tec­tive oils. There­fore, take baths with warm wa­ter and stay in the wa­ter for lesser time. A luke­warm bath with oat­meal or bak­ing soda will help re­lieve dry skin.

Opt for a hu­mid­i­fier:

Hu­mid­i­fiers get more mois­ture in the air, which helps pre­vent your skin from dry­ing out.

Fol­low a healthy life­style:

Eat a bal­anced and nu­tri­tious diet rich in veg­eta­bles and fruits, drink good amount of wa­ter, sleep well and ex­er­cise reg­u­larly.

Consult a der­ma­tol­o­gist:

If your dry, itchy skin does not im­prove with th­ese tips and care, consult a der­ma­tol­o­gist. You may have a con­di­tion that isn’t just dry skin and may re­quire a dif­fer­ent treat­ment or a pre­scrip­tion agent to com­bat dry skin.

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