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How to take care of your skin in winter

Winter skin care tips

Winter is the time of the year when our skin needs extra care. We need to take precautions against dryness and chapping of the skin which can lead to infection.

We should use a good moisturizer on our face and hands every day. It is also important to use a lip balm with SPF protection during winter.

Winter is beautiful. Cool temperatures, no sweat, cute sweaters, and all things pleasant—except for the skincare issues that always pop up. Winter skincare can be a challenge if you are not adequately prepared for it. For starters, you need to replace your regular moisturizer with a winter moisturizer. 

While this is a good place to start, you should remember that a good winter skincare routine involves more than just switching to a cream specially formulated for dry winter skin.

Read on to know more about various winter skin care concerns suggested by our best skin specialist in Pune and the best way to tackle them.

  1. Get a gentle cleanser

If your face feels dry and tight after washing, you may need to change your cleanser during the winter months. You need a gentler, more moisturizing, and less acidic cleanser that won’t dry out your skin, while also balancing your skin’s pH level.

  1. Change your body lotion to a heavier one

The products you use in the hot summers will not work for your skin during the winter. If you normally use lotion or gel, switch to a heavier, cream-based moisturizer. It will prevent skin irritation and soothe your skin.

winter skin care tips
  1. Eat healthy food

Maintaining a healthy diet is important to retain water and increase sebum production in the body. Consuming foods rich in vitamins E, A and C keeps the skin healthy.

A few winter fruits that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants are listed below:

  • Gooseberry
  • Papaya
  • Avocado
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  1. Exfoliate properly

Exfoliate two to three times a week. Doing this softly in circular motions will support increased blood flow to your skin. This will make it look splendid and healthy. Do not over-scrub. Scrubbing too hard can break down your skin’s protective barrier.

  1. Wear loose clothing

Wearing tight clothes can further irritate dry skin in winter. Wear loose clothing to avoid discomfort.

  1. Don’t over-wash your face

Although it may seem counterintuitive, washing your face too often can dehydrate your skin even more. Try not to clean up over two times per day.

  1. Do not bathe in hot water for too long

As tempting as it may sound, soaking in a hot shower for too long can strip your skin of essential oils. Most doctors recommend keeping the temperature below 110 degrees.

 If your skin becomes red while you are showering, it is recommended to lower the temperature.

  1. Avoid allergens

Products with frustrating or harsh chemicals can cause flare-ups. Avoid using products containing harsh soaps, sulfates, and parabens.

What skin problems can I face in winter if I don’t take proper care?

  • Rash
  • Vitiligo
  • Psoriasis

Why does my skin get dry in winter?

Winter skin care tips

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