winters skincare

Here are the ways to avoid the nuisance of dry skin in winters

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.

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!