Early Winter Skincare Tips

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2. Hand care: The skin on our hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. It’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Keep your hands warm at all times to avoid excessive dryness, and keep a hand moisturizer in your bag wherever you go.

3. Feet care: Simple foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, the feet need stronger stuff. Lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine would be thicker and more effective. Also use exfoliants (physical ones like coarse loofahs and pumice stone) to get the dead skin off periodically; this will help moisturizers to sink in faster and deeper.

4. Body care: Soaking in hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. Luke warm water is any day better than hot or cold waters. Using a mild bath product or one that is pH balanced helps to maintain skin’s oil balance. Showers may be better than baths as they minimize the contact duration of water with skin.

5. Professional Care: Since dry skin makes the skin more sensitive, some care has to be practised in selection of suitable products. If the dryness or itchiness persists in spite of regular emollient application, you should definitely visit a professional dermatologist.

Don’t forget that water is good for our overall health and severely dehydrated skin will definitely benefit from fluids. Citrus fruits, nuts, green leafy vegetables are good sources of nutrients.

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