While the mildly cold winter weather can nourish the skin of many people leaving then with a rosy glow on their cheeks, it can also have negative effects on others. The subtle winter weather can leave you with dry skin ripped and drained of all the moisture and also make your skin feel rough and stretched out. The dry weather can have even worse consequences where the skin starts peeling and flaking.


There are some extremely simple and easy to follow ways by which you can keep your skin in the best condition even during harsh winters:

  • Visit a skin specialist: We all have that one friend who always has a list of medicines and creams for any ailment or health related problem that we talk about, and every one of us knows how well it works. Hence, it is important to visit a reputed dermatologist who will be able to accurately analyze your skin type and accordingly alter your present skin care routine and also give you suggestions on how to modify your routine and make you winter ready.
  • Moisturize more: For winters it is essential that you find an oil based moisturizer rather than a water based moisturizer. Oil based moisturizer provides more protection to the skin and prevents the skin from getting depleted from all its essential nutrients. A moisturizer will also help you prevent skin flaking and peeling due to the changing weather. It is essential to choose an oil based moisturizer which contains oils that don’t clog and block your pores. Avocado oil is one such oil. Creams containing shea butter may be detrimental to the skin as shea oils clog skin pores.images
  • Though you may not be able to see the sun, you still require sunscreen. Sunscreen protects you from the harsh UV rays which can also damage your skin. It is advisable to use a sunscreen which has a high SPF.
  • It’s not only your face that gets affected: The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside.
  • Avoid wet/damp clothes: Though these may feel refreshing on your body, wet and damp clothes can cause a lot of skin peeling and flaking. They also rip your kin off all the moisture content.
  • Use a humidifier not a heater: Heaters dissipate heat throughout your homes but they do not help with maintaining your skin condition. Humidifiers on the other hand keep your homes warm as well as release moisture into the air making the conditions more suited for you skin. Humidifiers can help in preventing your skin form drying and peeling off.
  • Grease up your feet: Minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerin instead. And use defoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
  • Reduce external application of cosmetics: If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are deeply hydrating, rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.
  • Take showers in luke warm water: even though piping hot water makes your shower feel brilliant during winters, hot water causes extreme drying of your skin and removes all the vital nutrients that your skin possesses. The intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture.

This winter be prepared beforehand and give your skin the care that it deserves. To find the best dermatologist around you, visit the QuickSearch website.

Written by Taarini Chandramouli

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