Winters may bring rosy glowing cheeks to some people, but for the masses it means dry skin, especially to face, hands and feet. The problem is even worse for some people, who feel an uncomfortable tightening and cracking on the skin all over their body; and in extreme cases eczema, where the skin becomes red and inflamed.
Do these problems sound familiar? Well, here are Top 7 tips to give your save your skin from the winter atrocities.
1 – Listen to a Specialist
Going to the local drug store and asking the pharmacist for an ointment is perhaps not the best course of action. For good advice always get an opinion from an aesthetician or dermatologist. Investment in a specialist will save your skin from damage. It isn’t necessary that they will recommend an expensive remedy, in fact more than often they will give you the best advice aesthetically and monetarily.
2 – Moisturize with Caution
Moisturizers change with seasons. They also change with skin conditions. For the winter try to find an oil-based moisturizer rather than a water-based since it will lay an extra layer of protective cover on the skin. However, be wary when choosing oil-based moisturizers or lotions as it should not clog the pores. Avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil and almond oil are good types of moisturizers.
3 – Sunscreen is for winters too
Sunscreen wasn’t invented for the summers alone. Sun in the winter can do a great deal of damage as well. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen if they are getting a lot of exposure. If the time in the Sun more than expected it is advisable to re-apply after a while.
4 – Hands can be delicate
Remember that despite the strenuous amounts of hard work they accomplish, skin on the hands is much thinner than other parts of the body. Moreover, it has fewer oil glands as well. This leads to itchiness and cracking in cold and dry weather. Gloves can do the trick, but so can a generous application of lotion.
5 – Wet Gloves and Socks are the worst
It is highly advisable to avoid wet gloves and socks as contrary to popular ideology, the act of wet clothing, especially socks, can irritate the skin and cause itching, cracking, sores and even cause eczema to come up.
6 – Launch the Humidifier
Central heating systems that drive hot dry air also dry up the skin. Humidifiers bring back the moisture in the air; thus helping the skin to remain healthy in bad weather.
7 – Hydration & avoid hot baths
Drink water to hydrate yourself and your skin. It is important to keep the body hydrated since it will brighten up the skin and keep its oils intact. Hot baths benefit the skin is also another misconception.
“In the winter, firstly check the water used for showering. Never take shower under extremely hot water. It is pleasurable to take a hot shower, but avoid this entirely. Skin’s outer lipid function or the outer layer of the skin can get badly harmed. Instead, use luke warm water for showering,” said Skin Dermatologist Specialist Dr. Shumaila Khan. Dr. Shumaila Khan, who happens to be a renowned Dermatologist in Islamabad, has been a frontrunner in consultations about the skin, hair and nails.