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Do you need to change your night skincare routine during the winter season? The simple answer is - Yes, you do!
The winter season is the worst time for our skin, especially if you have naturally dry skin. The cold, dry air during winter can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry, flaky, and more susceptible to damage. The low humidity in the winter air can cause the skin to lose moisture more rapidly, making it more difficult for the skin to retain hydration. Additionally, the wind can cause irritation and chapping, and the cold temperatures can cause blood vessels to constrict, leading to a lack of oxygen and nutrients in the skin.
To take extra care during the winter months it's important to use a consistent skincare routine that includes products that help to hydrate and protect the skin, such as moisturisers and serums containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides. It's also important to drink plenty of water, to keep your room humidified, and to protect the skin from the cold and wind by covering up when going outside.
Here are 7 steps to an effective night skincare routine in the winter by Dr Divya Sharma, a leading dermatologist in Bangalore.
Cleansing: Use a gentle, non-foaming cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Avoid using hot water, as it can further dry out the skin. With plenty of options available for cleansers, it can be difficult to choose the right cleanser. Consult a dermatologist to know which product is best suited for your skin type.
Exfoliation: Exfoliating once or twice a week can help remove dead skin cells, which can build up and leave your skin looking dull. However, be gentle and use a gentle exfoliant.
Moisturising: Apply a moisturiser to help lock in hydration and protect your skin from the elements. Look for products that contain ingredients like ceramides, which can help strengthen the skin's natural barrier, and niacinamide which can help reduce redness.
Eye cream: Apply a small amount of eye cream around the eye area to hydrate and reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Lip balm: Apply a lip balm to hydrate and protect your lips from the drying effects of the cold, dry winter air.
Night mask: Using a night mask once or twice a week can help to boost hydration and nourishment to the skin. Look for masks that contain hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin.
In addition to following a consistent day and night skincare routine, Dr Divya stresses upon the importance of drinking plenty of water. Individuals with sensitive skin should be extra cautious when trying new products and should always patch test before applying it to the entire face.
If you are experiencing any discomfort or irritation, discontinue use and speak to our dermatologists to understand your skin type better and how to buy the right skin care products. At Dr. Divya’s Skin and Hair Solutions in Bangalore, we provide customised solutions for all skin types.