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How to keep winter woes at bay!

by Arun Shirishkar

Dr Shuba Dharmana, Dermatologist at Lejeune Medspa, shares pro-tips on maintaining skin and hair during winters.

During the winter months our skin and hair face a lot of issues such as dryness and chapping. Diseases such as eczema and psoriasis are also likely to flare up.

Our skin and hair care regimes, therefore, need to be altered to keep skin looking supple and healthy.

Dr Shuba Dharmana, Dermatologist at Lejeune Medspa, offers the following advice to keep your skin and hair healthy throughout the wintery weather.

  1. Use moisturising creamy face washes and body washes that hydrate and don’t strip the skin of essential oils.
  2. Moisturise with a body emollient containing ceramides and or paraffin that forms a barrier on the skin, prevents evaporation and retains water. This is especially required if you have dry scaly skin or are prone to developing eczema and psoriasis.
  3. Excessive scrubbing and exfoliants are not required in winter. Exfoliate once a week. Follow up with a moisturiser.
  4. Always use a sunblock, even in winters. Choose a sunblock with SPF 30 or more that is non comedogenic and gives a broad spectrum of coverage against UVA and UVB rays.
  5. Exfoliate chapped lips with toothbrush or sugar granules and follow with a lip balm.
  6. Take care of dry cuticles by filing nails regularly, getting exposed cuticles clipped and trimmed with manicures and pedicures. Keep them supple and hydrated by massaging cuticle oil into the base of the nail.
  7. Hands, feet, elbows and knees are areas that need extra care. You can use emollients or body butters over them to keep them soft and to prevent calluses.
  8. Winter is the best time for skin treatments such as peels and lasers as you can seek protection and relief to a certain extent from the sun.
  9. Workout regularly even in winter to keep yourself looking radiant and healthy. And as they say, hot summer bodies are made in winter!
  10. Wash hair a little less often than you do in other seasons, especially if you have dry, itchy, flaky scalp.
  11. Do regular deep conditioning and oil conditioning treatments for your hair and scalp to hydrate.
  12. Use a leave-in conditioner or a hair moisturiser if you feel your hair is too dry.
  13. Protect your tresses with a hair band, scarf or headband when exposed to strong winds, which can strip away natural oils from the hair and can make it dry.
  14. Use heat styling less often in winter. Let dry naturally. But if must use them, then apply a heat good protection spray.

With these useful tips to your rescue, you can now ennjoy smooth skin and manageable hair throughout the cold weather. Have a stress-free winter!

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