It is almost that time of the year when people’s skin tends to get dry and resemble a fish scale.
Yes, I am talking about the winter season which is almost here. The chilly winter seasons in India turns your skin uncomfortably dry, which in turn causes irritation, flaking, cracking, and may even develop into eczema.
So, a proper skincare regimen is warranted, if you want to avoid damaging your skin.
In this article, we will let you in on 10 skin care tips to prevent dry skin during the upcoming harsh winters.
- Don’t take long hot showers
- Switch to a milder soap
- Keep your scrubbing and exfoliation to a minimum
- Use aloe vera to alleviate skin irritation
- Avoid using products with harsh chemicals
- Use a sunscreen lotion before going out
- Drink lots of water
- Eat right
- See a skin specialist
Most people consider moisturizers to be a part of vanity tables, however, it should be a part of your skincare arsenal.
Moisturizers hydrate and prevent your skin from going dry. It is one of the basic yet important things to do, especially during the winters.
However, make sure you use a thicker moisturizer than the regular lotions you use as it will be more effective and long-lasting for a winter day.
Do remember to use some form of moisturizers for your body, face, and even your lips.
2. Don’t take long hot showers
During the winters you might be tempted to take extra long hot showers. Yes, we understand how cozy and lovely the experience would be, however, these long super-hot showers only damages your skin.
The hot water evaporates the natural hydration of your skin. So, make sure you either bathe in lukewarm water or keep your showers quick.
3. Switch to a milder soap
The regular soaps you use on your body might be too harsh for your winter skin and may even strip your skin of its essential oils.
So, you better replace them with a milder soap that moisturizes your body.
4. Keep your scrubbing and exfoliation to a minimum
The last thing you want to do to you supple skin during harsh winters is to irritate the dry cracked skin further by exfoliating or scrubbing.
Keep this process to a minimum, say once a week, and replace your harsh scrubs with natural ones like an oatmeal scrub or other natural alternatives.
5. Use aloe vera to alleviate skin irritation
While aloe vera gel is soothing on sunburnt skin, it also does wonders for dry and irritated winter skin. Applying aloe vera gel to your irritated and red winter skin soothes it. It is further beneficial in reducing the signs of aging skin.
6. Avoid using products with harsh chemicals
While this holds true to a proper skincare regimen throughout the year, it is especially important that you choose your body products wisely during the winters.
Avoid using products that are filled with harsh chemicals as they excessively dry your skin and even cause further irritation.
7. Use a sunscreen lotion before going out
You might believe that sunscreen lotions are only for bright sunny days, however, no matter how hazy or dim and cloudy the weather might be, the sun’s UV rays still penetrate through the clouds and affect your skin.
Make sure you apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you step out as it takes time for the sunscreen lotion to absorb into your skin and activate it.
8. Drink lots of water
While the general rule is that you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, it is extremely important that you drink lots of water during the winters to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and glowing.
9. Eat right
While it is important that you ensure your skin is hydrated and moisturized from the outside, it is also important that it is well conditioned from the inside.
You can ensure that by eating the right kinds of food that contain omega-3 or 6 fatty acids like fish oil or flax seeds oil.
10. See a skin specialist
If you are not sure of which products to use on your skin, we highly recommend that you see a Skin Care Specialist.
They will analyse your skin type and suggest you products to heal or ensure your skin is in the right health. Do follow us for more such tips or contact us to Book an Appointment with Top Doctors and Specialists near you.