Skincare routine is an everyday need and we should keep updating it from time to time. The first factor to choose the ideal skincare products and a routine is to understand the skin type and the second is the weather.Read More
Skincare routine is an everyday need and we should keep updating it from time to time. The first factor to choose the ideal skincare products and a routine is to understand the skin type and the second is the weather. So, here are some essential winter skincare tips from Dr. Divya Sharma to ensure a glowing and healthy skin throughout the winter.
1) Cleanse gently using pH balanced face wash
We all know that maintaining hygiene goes a very long way to ensure not just skin health but our overall health as well. But as they say 'excess of everything is bad'! Over-cleansing or using face washes consisting of harsh chemicals can harm the skin, especially for those who have dry skin. So, always use a dermatologist-recommended face wash with a good pH balance to maintain the hydration of the skin. Do not use the facewash more than twice a day.
2) Moisturise using a hyaluronic acid-based cream
Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, so, it is greatly beneficial for maintaining the hydration of the skin. Adequate hydration also means that skin will appear plump, smooth and firm. There are many hyaluronic acid-based serums & creams available nowadays which one can choose from.
3) Use vitamin C serum or gel
We can never emphasize enough on the importance of Vitamin C for skin health. Regular application of Vitamin C serum or gel can significantly lighten the skin tone, and eliminate the blemishes. It works as an excellent antioxidant and helps in collagen synthesis; therefore ultimately helping to maintain youthful skin appearance.
4) Use sunscreen daily
Come what may do not forget the application of a 'broad-spectrum' sunscreen whether rainy or sunny, indoor or outdoor. A 'broad-spectrum' sunscreen means protection from both UVA and UVB radiation.
5) Eat more omega 3 fatty acids this winter
Omega 3 fatty acids can be beneficial for the skin in many ways. It protects the skin from the sun, helps maintain hydration and supports the skin structure thereby reducing the signs of aging such as fine lines & wrinkles.
6) Avoid scrubs and toner
As the winter steals the skin glow, many of us believe that scrubbing will help reveal fresh and radiant skin. On the contrary, Dr. Divya Sharma recommends staying away from scrubs because it can irritate the skin, especially if the skin is excessively dry. Since we are talking about dry skin, many of us use toners as a part of regular CTM routine; but toners with alcohol can seize the moisture from the skin. So, refrain from using them in winter.
7) Avoid abrasive towels and homemade scrub
It is a myth that using harsh scrubs can help in better cleansing. It can rather injure the skin and cause skin darkening. There are many dermatological treatments available which gently exfoliate the skin and nourish it with intense hydration. Consult a dermatologist for understanding it in detail.
8) Eat more citrus fruits
One thing that we all worry about in winter is dullness and skin darkening. The secret to a bright and beautiful skin winter is the consumption of Vitamin C or ascorbic acid. The citrus fruits like lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit save the skin from free-radical damage and help fighting pigmentation issues.
9) Avoid AHA or BHA based agents
Both AHA & BHA are used as skin exfoliators but they can cause excessively dry skin and irritation. If used in delicate areas like the under eyes it can make the skin thinner.
10) Use a dermatologist recommended moisturizer
A good moisturizer can go a long way in maintaining skin health. Whether oily, dry or combination everyone must use a moisturizer to keep the skin moist and nourished. However, one may not be able to choose the best suitable moisturizer for their skin on their own. In such a case, a dermatologist can help in analyzing the skin and recommending a moisturizer accordingly.
11) Use sunscreen on the arms and legs as well
Sunscreen must be used on all the exposed areas of the body including ears, lips, arms, hands, chest, back, legs and feet; and not just the face. Spray sunscreen can be used for the areas like legs, arms & back.
12) Please do not forget to put a lip balm with sunscreen
For lips, lip balm with good sun protection shall be used. This will help retain moisture and protect the lips from sun damage.