We just celebrated Christmas and New Year, the festive season is in its full spring and so is the harsh winter. Extremely cold and dry winds make it hard for the skin to be its natural self and the result is flaky, dry and itchy skin with dry patches all over. Taking care of your skin during winter is very important and challenging, says Dr. Pavithra, a leading dermatologist in India.
Following a proven skin care routine diligently is the best way to ensure a complete recovery from dryness in winter and look your best self. You must know what to use, when to use and how to use, to ward off the dry effects of chilling wind and indoor heating.
Skincare routine for dry skin in winter
Here is a proven skin care routine from Dr. Pavithra that will help you keep your skin soft and supple during the harsh winter season.
Pay attention to your cleanser
During winter, you need to cleanse but not overdo it. Make sure you use a soft and chemical-free cleanser that has enough moisturizing effect for your skin. Wash your face twice a day. However, limit to once only if you feel irritation or dry skin sensitivity.
Moisturize, Moisturize and Moisturize
To ensure you have smooth skin, you need to befriend a high-quality moisturizer. To prevent dryness and cracked skin, you must use a good moisturizer at least 2-3 times a day.
Exfoliation is important especially during winter when you have more dead skin cells than ever. However, do not indulge in harsh exfoliation techniques like rubbing the skin or using a brush. Limit your exfoliation to mild scrubs, preferably cream-based.
Sunscreen should be your armor 365 days a year. No matter what, you need to use a high SPF sunscreen to prevent sun damage even during the winter season.
Use a nighttime cream, take help from petroleum jelly
It is recommended to use a nighttime cream that has a hydrating effect, you can also take the help of Petroleum jelly to keep the skin moist. However, remember to apply a thin coat of jelly to prevent blocking the pores.
Dr, Pavithra focuses on moisturizing the skin a lot. You must use high-quality, skin-appropriate and season-friendly products to get the best results.
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