BY DR.KHOOBSURAT NAJMA
Say no to very hot baths: Hot water can make the skin very dry. Limit the bath to less than 10 minutes, and ensure lukewarm water. Substitute soap with moisturizing cleansers or bars, it would not cause damage or dryness to the skin. Apply moisturizer on damp skin
Opt for soft fabrics: If your skin does flare up during winter, choose soft, breathable fabrics, like cotton, instead of itchy woolens or polyester.
Avoid bleaching your skin: bleaching strips your skin off essential oils and moisture making it itchy and sensitive.
Use cream based products: Cream-based products are generally oil-based and hence form a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture during chilly days. These creams deeply moisturise the skin while nourishing it from within.
Use sunscreen: Most of us restrict the usage of sunscreens only for summer to protect the skin from tanning and stop using it as soon as the autumn arrives. But not many know that pre-winter sun too can be harmful for the skin. For better protection, make sure you apply the sun protection cream 30 minutes before stepping out of the house.
Use body oils: The importance of oiling your body becomes inevitable as the autumn breeze may rob it of its natural moisture as soon as the fall season starts. A 10-minute oiling session before your bath would suffice for the nourishment needs of the skin.
Hydrate: stay well hydrated throughout the day. If you are not very happy with the idea of gulping down the cold water, make sure to drink lots of warm or lukewarm water during the day.
Eat right: include foods rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, olive oil, flax, and avocados. Have vitamin C-rich foods like citrus fruit and dark leafy greens. Vitamin C can help boost the body’s production of collagen, a protein that maintains skin and other connective tissues.
Use a humidifier: if you are prone to very dry skin or if you have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, use a humidifier. It increases moisture levels in the air which tends to get dry in winter. Experts recommend keeping the humidity level between 30% and 50%
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