skin problems

Tips to take care of your skin in winters

Winter brings with it cold weather and an absolute change in your surrounding environment, thereby introducing not just ruddiness to the cheeks of many people, but also itchy dryness to the skin of the feet, hands and face. Some of you may have got even worse winter skin conditions; your skin may have flacked, cracked or even inflamed.

Just as you start a central heat indoor to tackle the chilling temperature, you initiate a process of disrobing moisture from the strands and pores of your skin. This results in dry and itchy skin besides rough hair. However, you have to withstand dry and cracked skin no more: ideas explained below could just be the answer to your winter skin problem.

The first thing you need to do is to consult your dermatologist because if you opt to try an over the counter product, you might be doing a very risky experiment. Most of the over the counter products, medicines and creams might seem the solution for the time being, but they contain elements posing potential risk to your skin and overall health in the long run. So, go see your dermatologist who can assess your condition, study your skin type, troubleshoot your present skin treatment, and offer you skin care tips and advise on products.

As a board certified dermatologist, here I offer you some tips to take care of your skin in winters:

Moisturize your skin – You may already be using a moisturizer that may just be acting fine in summer and spring. However, changes in weather conditions necessitate change in your skin care routine as well. In winter, you should use an oil-based ointment moisturizer, not water-based because the oil in the ointment will form a shielding cover on your skin. This will let the skin hold more moisture in contrast to a lotion or cream. A majority of ointments tagged as night creams are basically oil-based.

Taking shower in warm or lukewarm water – On cold days, you may enjoy a long, hot shower, but this results in more dryness as it strips moisture from your skin. I would recommend you to stick to warm or lukewarm water shower for no longer than 10 minutes.

Use sunscreen – Remember, the use of sunscreen is not limited to just summertime. Winter sun, together with snow glower, can also damage your skin. So, before you go outdoors in winter, don’t forget to put a wide spectrum sunscreen on your face and hands. Consult your dermatologist if you are unsure as to which sunscreen you should use.

Using hat, scarf, socks and gloves – Outdoors in winter can result in windburn and long contact with cold air can damage your skin. Therefore, you should use scarf, gloves, socks and a hat when dressing to go outdoors. However, you should avoid using wet gloves because they can vex your skin and bring prickling, cracking, sores, or even an outbreak of eczema.

Food – Food plays central role in maintaining your skin health, especially in winter. Make sure to eat foots that contain enough healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Including fish, nuts, olive oil etc. in your diet can help you fight winter skin problems. Foods rich in vitamin C can play important role in revitalizing your skin in winter. Vitamin C plays the role of a catalyst in producing collagen – a protein that upholds the skin. Vitamin C is found abundantly in fruits and green vegetables.

Drinking water – Drinking plenty of water in winter can also play an important role in keeping dryness away.

The tips given above can help your take care of your skin in winter. If you are suffering from uncontrollable skin condition, or want more help to overcome your winter skin problem, book a consultant session with me now!

Is your skin whitening product cheap? Beware!

Substandard and cheap skin whitening medicines and products has topped the list of counterfeited products available in the market today. Such medicines and products have adversely affected a large number of men and women, but a majority of the victims do not want to disclose it because of the fear of likely embarrassment.

You can see a large hotchpotch of substandard skin whitening products in drug stores, especially in small and unbranded neighborhood medical stores. Capitalizing on the needs of people, manufacturers of such products have even taken sales to the Internet, whereby they promise to make your skin white within weeks with the use of their cheap cream. Therefore, it’s time to beware of cheap and substandard skin whitening products.

It is worth mentioning here that the business of skin whitening products is a multi-billion-dollar industry now. Manufacturers, companies and vendors are equally trying to shove the impression that beauty means having white skin and turning your dark skin into white skin overnight is effortlessly doable, desirable and inexpensive. Even though you may have the desire to appear white, yet to fulfill it, it is highly recommended to avoid cheap and substandard skin whitening medicines and products.

You need to understand that just like eye and hair color, your natural skin color is also determined by the concentration of melanin found in your skin’s outer layer. Now, anti-melanin skin whitening products have also hit the market with horrific results. Melanin is naturally generated by the human body to shield against potential, sun-induced damages to the DNA. However, the use of cheap and substandard medicines reduces the amount of melanin in your skin, consequently increasing your risk of skin cancer.

In a country like Pakistan, relationship makes and breaks stand to a higher degree on skin color. This is forcing people to make some investment in skin whitening medicines and products. This increasing demand has led manufacturers to come up with substandard and cheap products to achieve a higher hand. We see advertisement of dozens of such products and medicines on our televisions everyday.

Clinical examinations have found presence of hazardous chemicals in cheap skin whitening creams and products, including mercury and hydroquinone. These chemicals can lead to severe skin irritation and irregular color-change. Moreover, mercury can even trigger skin pigmentation besides causing chronic and inflamed rashes. The FDA and other western countries have banned skin products containing mercury and hydroquinone. If your skin whitening cream turns dark upon exposure, it’s dangerous and substandard and it’s time to do away with it.

Pakistan’s skin whitening products’ market is also laden with products and medicines containing steroids. Such products promise fair skin within weeks. If you have fallen prey for such a trap, it’s time to rethink you decision. You may notice change in color of your skin with the use of such products, but it is not going to remain forever because your skin color will finally start fading at an uncontrollable rate. Products containing steroids are extremely dangerous for your skin in the long run. Steroid-induced skin damages are life threatening, forever and can leave you in an emotional and psychological trauma.

So, it is time to rethink your use of substandard and cheap skin whitening medicines and products. You have the right to appear as you desire, but risking your appearance and aesthetics for a few bucks does not justify your decision. Dr. Shumaila Khan is a trusted dermatological service provider in Islamabad, Pakistan, who uses proven, and safe products and medicines to enhance the appearance of your skin.

Instead of going for over-the-counter substandard products, you should prefer to go to a board certified dermatologist because they specialize in skin treatments and can provide your valuable advice for administration of prescribed skin whitening products and medicines.

Book a consultation session with Dr. Shumaila now to get safe skin whitening advice.