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Posted on Dec 10, 2013 | 3 comments

How to exfoliate skin in the winter

How to exfoliate skin in the winter

As Reported On health.india.com

December 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

Now that the winter season is upon us, it is important to change our tactics while dealing with skincare challenges, like dry skin.

Dermatologist Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra said that dry skin looks dull because it is caused by dead skin cells, and both need to be taken care of by exfoliating on a weekly basis.

While beauty expert, Shahnaz Hussain, suggested mixing honey and brown sugar into a paste to use as a scrub, as it exfoliates and moisturizes the skin, skin specialist Dr Rashmi Shetty said that rather than going for harsh scrubs, one should go for products that have natural exfoliating properties.

Shetty advised to apply the juice of a lemon and to keep it on for five minutes before washing off and in the case of tamarind, it’s pulp should be rubbed for a couple of minutes and dead cells will dissolve away.

Moreover, Monsoon Salon India offers the goodness of Vitamin C in its Tamarind and Sugarcane scrub, which renews the skin by removing dead skin on the surface, making it ideal for even those with sensitive skin.

6 expert tips to keep your skin looking gorgeous in winter

Here are some skincare tips by Dr Manish Gautam, dermatologist at Sterling Wockhardt Hospital that will help keep your skin looking gorgeous in winter.

Drink lots of water: People tend to drink less water during winters but it is highly important to hydrate your skin from within. Carry a bottle of water with you whenever you step outside. Herbal tea is also a great remedy to moisturise your skin from within. Don’t leave your skin thirsty. Drink more water and help your skin retain its shine.

Bathe with lukewarm water: Winter is the time when your skin and hair need maximum attention. Though the idea of piping hot water is very tempting, stick to a lukewarm water bath every day. Make sure you use a mild non-drying soap or a moisturising soap to prevent your skin from getting dry and itchy.

Keep your skin moisturised: Choose a good, oil-based moisturiser to keep the skin moisturised and soft. Pay special attention to the exposed parts (and the most affected areas) like your hands, nails, feet and lips. Keep them well moisturised at all times. Use a lip balm to keep your lips soft and supple. Lip balm with SPF works better. Even those who have oily skin must use light moisturising lotions after cleansing to keep the skin soft.

Use a good sunscreen: People like to enjoy the sun during winters but little do they know that exposure to the sun can harm their skin in winter too. Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or more when you step out in the open. In fact, it should be a part of your daily routine throughout the year. Don’t say goodbye to your sunscreen just because summer is over.

Do not lick your lips: Winter is the season of chapped lips and licking them will make them more chapped. Instead, use a good lip balm, preferably which contains tea tree oil as it helps heal painful cracks.

Internal wellness: This continues to be a requirement all through the year as a healthy skin is a reflection of good inner health. One should continue to eat healthy, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.