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A lazy girl’s guide to winter skincare

Are you someone who doesn’t like to put in too much effort to take care of their skin? If yes, you MUST follow these skincare tips to protect you from winter damage.
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Follow these steps to get glowing skin this winter. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr Syed Nazim Published: 6 Dec 2021, 15:00 pm IST
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Winter is here, and our skin is crying out for help! Have you noticed it getting dry and flaky? Plus, this time of the year also brings with it lethargy. That’s why it is essential that we pay more attention to our skincare choices. With dipping temperatures, we tend to bathe with hot water, forget to switch skincare products, sit for long hours in front of room heaters — all these strips away the moisture of our skin, and makes it look rough and harsh. A little effort can reap great results in the long term, ultimately leading to soft, smooth, and healthier skin.

All you girls out there who don’t want to make much effort and still want naturally glowing skin, worry not! Here are a few simple tips that one must take into consideration.

  1. Drink plenty of water for skincare

    We don’t feel too thirsty in the winter season, but even then, it is important to consume at least 6-7 glasses of water daily. Consuming an adequate amount of water keeps our skin hydrated. It is the easiest way to prevent skin from turning dull and dried.

  2. Maintaining a healthy diet and a good lifestyle:

    Incorporate a healthy diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids like fish and other seafood, walnuts, soybean, chia seeds, etc. Sleeping for at least 7-8 hours and waking up on time is the simplest way to get naturally glowing skin without much effort.

  3. Cover up while going out:

    It is essential to cover yourself properly from head to toe to prevent your skin from getting exposed to harmful sun rays, chilly wind strokes, and frosty weather that draw out moisture from your skin.

  4. Bathe with lukewarm water:

    It might sound a little difficult but whenever you bathe, avoid using very hot water. It withers off the natural oil from the epidermal layer of the skin and opens up the skin pores, which make it an easy passage for the accumulation of dirt, dust and other impurities. At the same time, it can be very hard on your skin causing itching, redness and burns. You can add a few tablespoons of coconut oil to lukewarm water that acts like a protective covering on the outer surface of your skin to prevent it from getting dry.

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    Bathe with lukewarm water for healthy skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  5. Apply a good moisturizer:

    Gently apply the moisturizer over your whole body after taking a bath, when your skin is still wet. This helps to lock the moisture for a longer time, in comparison to applying it over dry skin. A moisturizer enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid will retain moisture, preventing inflammatory reactions within the body. Also, remember to do this same activity at least two times a day, once in the morning and before going off to bed.

  6. Apply sunscreen for winter skincare too:

    Using sunscreen is a must for your skincare in any season; yes, 365 days a year. Sunscreen works like a shield against the harmful UV radiation of the sun. It should be applied every time you step out in the sun to prevent your skin from direct exposure to heat.

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    When it comes to sunscreen, the season doesn’t matter. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The last word

It is your skin and you must be responsible to prevent it from any harm. If you don’t want to spend long hours and huge amounts following any complex methods, you can follow the above-mentioned tips and tricks to see visible changes in your skin.

Your skin will become radiant and beautiful naturally. But in case you experience skin issues that are not treatable at home, do visit a certified dermatologist who can help you understand the problem and guide you with the right treatment.

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About the Author

Dr Syed Nazim, Dermatologist, Aesthetic and Hair Transplant Surgeon, Royal Lush Skin Clinic, Saket, New Delhi ...Read More

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