Winter is the hardest time of the year for your skin health. As soon as winters start to approach, the air in the atmosphere becomes dry, causing dryness and dullness to our skin. Furthermore, this dry and cold air makes our skin itchy and irritable, forcing rashes and redness. All these conditions vanish the natural glow of our skin, making us look not so presentable during the cold months of the year.
Besides the natural glow, the cold weather also sucks the hydration from our skin, which makes it difficult for women to apply makeup. That is why most makeup experts suggest moisturizing your skin pretty well before applying those layers of foundation and other makeup products. Lack of hydration or moisture cracks the skin in no time, and if you have makeup on, you would appear like a vampire, unfortunately.
Most women have no idea how to maintain their skin health in the winter season, and that’s when many of them hop to any recommendation they think sounds effective. To all the women struggling to keep their skin hydrated in this cold weather, we have a few dermatologist-recommended tips that will surely bring the desired results.
In this article, we will discuss some of the most-effective skincare tips shared by a renowned dermatologist, Dr. Ajay Rana, who’s also an aesthetic physician. According to Dr. Rana, in the winter season, the impairment and fragility of your skin barrier become common. As a result, your skin becomes dehydrated, sensitive, dull, and parched. Keeping these conditions in mind, Dr. Rana has recommended a few tips that you should follow religiously. Let’s look at these suggestions in detail.
Winter tips for healthy skin
Cleansing the skin from dust and dirt is the key to achieving flawless skin. Experts recommend that you should clean your skin at least twice a day. A consistent cleansing process, in the morning and at night, keeps your skin protected from allergies, dryness, and dullness.
According to Dr. Rana, the skin goes through a constant cell turnover process, creating debris on the upper layer. Furthermore, if you do not regularly clean your skin, this debris could form a layer of dead cells on your skin and clog your pores, causing acne. Therefore, to clean this dirty upper layer of the skin, you must wash it twice daily. Dr. Rana says when you clean your skin from time to time, it becomes easier to apply other products, especially skincare products, that are needed to penetrate the skin. Moreover, cleansing also eliminates skin toxins, boosting blood flow.
Use a cleanser that contains moisturizer
Cleansing is an essential step of your daily skincare routine. During winter, our skin loses more moisture than usual because of the dry and cold weather. As a result, our skin looks dull, dehydrated, and lifeless. On top of this, washing our face with a water-based cleanser or face wash makes our skin even drier.
Therefore, you should switch to a cream or oil-based cleanser, especially during this time of the year. Cream-based cleansers are soft on your skin and keep the skin hydrated even after the cleaning routine. In addition, cream-based cleansers support the skin’s barrier, protecting it from further damage caused due to cold weather.
Add hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine
Winter means dryness, which makes your skin look dull and dead. Adding a few ingredients to your skincare routine can uplift your look. Hyaluronic acid is one such miraculous ingredient that provides the necessary hydration, making your skin look more supple.
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Basically, hyaluronic acid absorbs water from the atmosphere and draws it into your skin, making it appear softer and healthier. This ingredient is also primarily used in various anti-aging skin care products, as it fades away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid protects your skin from free radical damage, keeping your skin hydrated and plump.
Add retinol to your skincare routine
According to Dr. Rana, retinol regulates oil flow, increases cell turnover, and fades skin pigmentation. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, and when you apply it topically, this ingredient uses the skin’s specialized enzymes that help it convert into retinoic acid.
Retinol promotes fast cell turnover and prevents the clogging of pores, which makes it a hero ingredient for acne patients. This magical ingredient creates a barrier against blemishes, improving your skin texture. It also makes your skin feel softer, smoother, and flawless. Dermatologists swear by this ingredient as it improves collagen production, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles.
For your information, retinol is easily available over the counter and comes in various strengths. You can talk to your dermatologist or use products with 0.25 to 0.5 % concentrations 2-3 times a week. Once you feel your skin is comfortable with the ingredient, increase the use to four times a week.
Never underestimate the power of a sunscreen
Dr. Rana clearly says that you should never underestimate the power of sunscreen. Now that winters are here, a lot of you might be thinking about avoiding the application of sunscreen. However, little do you know that sunscreen is the most vital ingredient to protect your skin.
Don’t be misled by the dropping temperature, as you will always need sunscreen indoors or outdoors. Besides, during winter, most of us spend a large part of our time soaking under the sun, which makes sunscreen even more essential. A good sunscreen with SP5 30-50 will protect your skin from harmful UV rays and also make your skin look young and healthy.
Most importantly, sunscreen protects our skin from the risk of skin diseases, sunburns, tanning, and other harmful effects of the sun. A dermatologically tested sunscreen protects the essential proteins in our skin, like collagen, elastin, keratin, etc., keeping it bright and plump.
Apply skincare masks regularly
Face masks are a great way to moisturize skin in winter. Overnight face masks are designed to be the final step of your night-time skin routine, as they lock the serums, oils, and creams that you might have applied before the mask.
Winter is a tough time for the skin. The humidity level and low temperature suck the necessary nutrients from the skin, making it dry and pale. This over dryness, if not treated, could lead to several skin problems, like flakiness, rashes, etc. So, dermatologists advise that you should use a mask with ingredients like clay and seaweed extract, as they work to draw out impurities, exfoliate your skin, and calm spots (if any).
Use vitamin C for magical results
Vitamin C is the holy grail for all skin-related problems. This ingredient is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which work to hydrate your skin, improve skin texture and reduce the signs of ageing. As a result, vitamin C is used widely in skincare ingredients, and topical application is considered more effective than consuming it in fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin C is one of the most effective skincare ingredients that provide a brightening effect to your skin. It not brings a natural glow to your skin but also protects it against skin damage caused by sun exposure and harmful free radicals.
If we talk of the most recommended skincare range, you’ll be able to find vitamin C almost everywhere. We have face wash, scrubs, serums, creams, oils, etc., with vitamin C as the primary ingredient. So, grab your favourite product today and see the difference within a few weeks of application.
Focus on your lips and under-eye
Lip and under-eye are the most tortured parts of our face in winter. Therefore, taking special care of the lips and under-eye area is important.
Let’s first talk about lips. Our lips are the most sensitive part of the face, as they easily get chapped. Not only in winter, but our lips need special attention throughout the year. For this, you should ensure exfoliating your lips from time to time. Furthermore, moisturizing them well before applying other products like lipstick or lipgloss is a must. In addition, you should also invest in lip-care products, like a lip mask, that could help keep your lips hydrated.
Let us now talk of the under-eye area. If you notice closely, the skin under our eyes is relatively thinner and becomes scorched during winter. As a result, visible fine lines and wrinkles appear more prominently. So, as soon as winter arrives, you should begin applying a hydrating under-eye cream that could relax your skin and keep it plump.
Follow a nutritious diet
You might have already heard that real nutrition comes from within. So, if you are not cautious about what you intake, you’ll probably never be able to achieve good results from any skincare products. Keeping the skin hydrated from within is pivotal.
You should include the season’s food items on your plate as soon as winter arrives. Consider including varieties of leafy vegetables, pumpkins, squashes, etc., to let your skin work faster on cell renewal and collagen production.