Winter is the season of hot tea and chilli fritters, of trendy jackets and Christmas parties, of snuggling into quilts and waking up late. But the sad part is that winter is also the season of chapped lips, dry skin, and messy hair. But it need not be so. With the proper care and a few easy precautions, you can beat the winter blues and keep your skin fresh and beautiful all year through.
According to Dr. Shehla Agrawal of Mehak, The Derma and Surgery Clinic in New Delhi, "A good skin care regime begins with adequate cleansing. Toxins from the body and pollutants from the environment give the skin dull look, soap is good to remove oil for teenagers but later skin becomes dry. So, use a face wash or wipe of cleansers at least 3 times a day.”
In winters, most people have the habit of leaving out the sunscreen because of the illusion that the sun is not so harsh. This is not true. Dermatologists around the world recommend the use of sunscreen like toothpaste. Every day. And especially in India, where the sun can be especially tormenting, sunscreens are an everyday essential. Keep one in your handbag, and apply regularly. Accidental exposure to sun can cause immense damage to the skin.
It is also important to moisturise. So, figure out your skin type and make sure you use the appropriate moisturising cream. Says Dr. Agrawal, “Different skin types need different ones choose from creams for dry skin, lotions for normal skin and gels for oily skin, always moisturize 10 minutes before stepping out and include the neck areas.”
In winters, we have a tendency to drink less water as it is cold and we don't feel as thirsty. But it is important to drink enough water to keep the skin hydrated so that it remains supple and healthy.
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