10 Skincare Steps To Follow This Winter Season

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The chilly winters can take a toll on your skin, subjecting it to an unforgiving harshness. As the cold air depletes the skin’s inherent moisture, it becomes dehydrated and susceptible. Since the skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive, it becomes essential to protect your skin during winter.

Changing your daily skincare routine can help replenish moisture, restore vitality, and shield your skin from winter’s harsh effects.

Here’s an easy, effective step-by-step skincare routine to follow this winter season:

1. Choose a Moisturizing Cleanser: Maintain clean, dirt-free skin through twice-daily cleansing both in the morning and at night. This not only removes impurities but also promotes blood circulation, facilitating the elimination of toxins. Especially during the winter season, switch to a moisturizing cleanser that hydrates parched skin and supports the skin’s barrier to defend against the damaging effects of cold weather. Use an oil-based makeup remover to effectively remove makeup, followed by a moisturizing cleanser to remove dirt and impurities from your skin.

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2. Do Not Skip Exfoliation: The winter season often intensifies dehydrated, dry skin issues. To address this, exfoliation can help eliminate built-up dead skin cells, enabling your winter skincare products to penetrate deeply. However, it’s important to exercise caution and avoid over-exfoliation, as it can lead to skin irritation and other potential issues.

Integrate a mild exfoliant into your routine every 7-10 days for smoother, brighter skin.
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3. Hydrate With Hyaluronic Acid: As lightweight skincare products, serums contain more active ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin C, than regular moisturizers. Hydrating serums like one containing hyaluronic acid draw moisture into the deeper layers of your skin, effectively brightening and hydrating an otherwise dehydrated skin.

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4. Do Not Forget Retinol: Winter is a perfect time to tackle your skincare issues like wrinkles, uneven tone, dullness, or acne with retinol. Winter, with reduced sun intensity and increased indoor time, is an ideal season to incorporate a clinically proven anti-aging powerhouse, retinol. However, considering its potential drying effects, ensure hydration with a gentle cleanser and hyaluronic acid serum and sandwich it within layers of moisturizer.

5. Layer Up With The Right Moisturizer: It is very important to moisturize the skin in winter to avoid stripping it of essential oils or causing dryness. Consider using a lightweight, water-based moisturizer that effectively retains hydration without feeling heavy on your skin.

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6. Guard Your Skin with Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a crucial skincare staple providing defense against harmful UV rays. It safeguards against premature aging, skin cancer, and various skin concerns, promoting radiant and healthy skin during outdoor activities. Choose SPF 30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen and make it the final step in your daytime skincare routine, ensuring year-round protection.

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7. Add Vitamin C For Radiance: Consider incorporating vitamin C in any form, effectively addressing skin pigmentation, promoting increased collagen production, and achieving a radiant complexion.

8. Pamper Your Lips & Eyes: Include your lips in your winter skincare routine. Start by exfoliating them with a lip scrub and applying a nourishing lip balm to hydrate your lips and have chapped-free lips this winter. Also, do not skip under-eye cream to nourish the skin around the eyes and treat dark circles if any.

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9. Use Body Lotions: Embrace the winter season with the best body lotions to keep your skin soft and smooth year-round. Beyond moisturizing dry skin, these lotions contrib​ute to skin relaxation. Discover the perfect moisturizer for your body, ensuring super-soft skin all day long.

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10. The Three-Step Secret: Sleep, exercise, and diet are essential for skincare. Exercise, especially cardio, eliminates toxins, improves circulation, and prevents skin issues. A balanced, nutrient-rich diet with proper hydration supports skin health, while adequate sleep aids in cellular repair and prevents under-eye concerns.

Embrace radiant skin year-round by adopting these steps for your winter skincare routine – your secret to restoring lost moisture and maintaining healthy, supple skin in any weather.

(The article is written by Dr.Subita Alagh, Senior Executive, and reviewed by Monalisa Deka, Senior Health Content Editor)

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