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Health TipsDec, 17 2014

6 ways to shun dryness and embrace healthy skin

As mercury dips, skin problems increases manifolds. The skin loses its glow, giving way to dryness and so on. This season, brace yourself with healthy skin by following these simple tips.

By Dr Madhuri Agarwal

Winter brings couple of celebrations, parties, layer of clothes and plethora of skin woes. It might not be safe for you to go out in chilly weather that hampers the glow of your face. Moreover, the inbuilt heaters and artificial room temperature controllers suck out all the moisture from the skin.

To gear up for skin affecting chilled weather, equip yourself with a healthy routine and restore the glow and shine of your dull skin with these time-tested measures:

Brief bathing sessions: Prolonged hot and steamy showers relax our shivering body during winters. The excessively heated water softens the body oils that are essential to restore the skin moisture.
Instead of using hot water, use lukewarm water and moisture-rich soaps or body wash to avoid skin getting parched. The hotter the water, the more damage it causes to the skin. Reducing bathing durations to a necessary time also save skin damage.

Moisturise the dry skin: Moisturising the skin immediately after bathing benefits the body oils to a greater limit. During winters, you should replace all your routine creams with deep enriching moisturisers to protect your skin from piercing winter breeze. Anti-itchy, oily skin, dry skin, and many other types of body butters and moisturisers are available in the market.
Consumers are advised to choose moisturiser as per the skin type, which will soften the cracking skin. With low water level in skin, natural process of exfoliation and hydration doesn’t occur and make skin more prone to inflammatory skin diseases.

Eat healthy to keep skin healthy: The dry skin condition can also be cured by foods and supplements rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids such as fish oil and flaxseed oil. Creating strong immunity structure is necessary to fight skin inflammatory diseases like psoriasis and eczema. To combat these skin issues, must include avocado, grapefruit, carrots, spinach, almond, eggs and fish in the diet as they are good source of Vitamins and omega-3 fats.

Skin boosters: People who cannot follow routine measures for good skin health due to their tight-packed lifestyles can opt for skin boosters to replenish moisture content in their skin. Restylane Vital is the perfect option to maintain elastic and natural glow of the skin. The modern day dermal filler Restylane Vital does the wonder in just some minutes and in simple way. The best thing is that, its effect doesn’t last for few days, but it stays for over a year. The glow and softness comes with the hydrophilic hyaluronic acid, which promotes water retention and absorption, thus has lasting effect on the skin

Switch to sunscreen: Many people have the misconceived notion that sunscreen is required in just summers to protect the skin from harmful UV rays which causes tanning, burns and skin itching. However, it is equally important to apply in winters to counter skin damage. It is advised to apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all the exposed areas of the body evenly.

Keep rough fabric away: Some fabrics are believed to provoke severe skin inflammation. Wool and any other rough cloth shouldn’t come in direct contact with the skin. Thus, a soft material is advised to cover the skin, layered underneath a jacket or a sweater to avoid direct contact of skin with wood or itchy warm fabric.

So if you love the winter breeze, enjoy it to the fullest, without fearing dry or dull skin. These measures will contribute in keeping your skin healthy and would give you privilege of chilling this winters.

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the personal opinions of Dr Madhuri Agarwal, Dermatologist & Cosmo Physician, The Skin Clinic, Mumbai. Wellness India is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

 

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