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    How Can You Protect Your Skin in Winters?

    Have you ever noticed that your skin becomes drier in winter? That is because of the dry winter air, dry indoor heat, and low humidity levels[1]. Your skin becomes dull and flaky, not only your face but your hands and feet too.
    How can you protect your skin during winters? Here are some tips that will help you avoid dry, flaky skin and maintain moisture balance in your skin.
     
    Have you ever noticed that your skin becomes drier in winter? That is because of the dry winter air, dry indoor heat, and low humidity levels[1]. Your skin becomes dull and flaky, not only your face but your hands and feet too. How can you protect your skin during winters? Here are some tips that will help you avoid dry, flaky skin and maintain moisture balance in your skin.
     
     

     

    Tips To Protect Your Skin During Winters:

    Cleanse Your Skin:

    During winters, cleansing balm or oils are better than a water-based cleanser. A cleansing balm helps to maintain the natural oil content in the skin. But do not overdo it. Too much cleansing can remove moisture from the skin. It is enough to wash your face once a day. Cleansing at night helps your skin replenish the natural oil while you sleep. 

    Moisturize Your Skin Right After Washing:

    As the air is dry and less humid, there is less moisture content in your skin. Moisturizers bind with water and trap moisture in the skin. Moisturizer helps restore the skin moisture barrier. If there is less moisture in the skin, your body produces more sebum to restore balance. This condition usually leads to acne.

    During winters, oil-based moisturizers[2] are more effective. Such moisturizers form a protective layer on your skin. It is best to moisturize right within 3 minutes after you shower. Also, use moisturizer more often for your hands. And do not forget your lips.

    Remember to hydrate your skin internally too. Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods that are good for the skin.

     

    Never Forget Your Sunscreen:

    Always wear an SPF, even in winters. Even on cloudy days, 80% of harmful ultraviolet radiations can penetrate your skin[3]. Ultraviolet radiations can disturb the moisture barrier of your skin, which is essential for maintaining hydration in the skin.

     

    Use Warm Water (Not Hot):

    Hot water removes the natural oils of your skin more quickly than warm water. So, long hot water showers can deplete skin oils and make it extremely dry[4]. That’s why you should minimize your bath time to 5-10 minutes. Also, use shower gels instead of soap to avoid dryness. Soaps with extra fatty acids (cocoa butter or coconut oil) are more helpful. 

    Wear Comfortable and Non-Irritating Clothing: 

    Dry skin is more sensitive. So, when layering up, choose a soft and non-irritant fabric. For example, wear light and soft fabrics (such as cotton or silk) on your skin and then pull on your heavy wool sweaters. Also, during winters, try to cover up as much as possible. Cover your face with a scarf.

     

    Use Humidifier:

    Dry winter air pulls moisture from your skin, leaving dehydrated, dry skin. Especially the indoor heating system makes the air harsher for the skin.Humidity levels of 30-40% will help restore the moisture in the top layer of your skin[5]. But remember to clean the humidifier.

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    Conclusion:

    Dry, flaky skin during winters is common. But by taking extra care of your skin, you can protect your skin from the harsh winter air.

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    References:

    1. Hub, B.E., Wonder about winter skin.
    2. Proksch, E. and J.M. Lachapelle, The management of dry skin with topical emollients--recent perspectives. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges, 2005. 3(10): p. 768-74.
    3. Organization, W.H. and I.C.o.N.-I.R. Protection, Global solar UV index: a practical guide. 1995: WHO.
    4. November, K., I’ma dermatologist and these are my winter skin care tips.
    5. Test, W.C.C., Looking After Your Skin in Winter.