Published 12:42 IST, February 5th 2024

Balanced Diet To Moisturising: How To Avoid Dry Skin During Winter

A good moisturizer is essential in combating dry skin. Choose a hydrating product that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramide, and glycerin, which help attract and retain moisture in the skin.

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During the winter months, many individuals experience the discomfort of dry skin. The combination of cold wind, low humidity, and indoor heating can strip our skin of its natural moisture, leaving it dry, tight, and flaky. However, there are often overlooked factors that may exacerbate this issue, as well as simple steps that can be taken to alleviate it.

Avoid hot showers and baths


While hot showers might feel heavenly during the chilly winter days, they contribute to dry skin. Hot water strips away the natural oils from the skin, leading to moisture loss and increased dryness. Switch to lukewarm water and limit your shower or bath time to retain the skin's natural moisture.

Moisturization is key


A good moisturizer is essential in combating dry skin. Choose a hydrating product that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramide, and glycerin, which help attract and retain moisture in the skin. Apply your moisturizer immediately after showering or washing your face to lock in hydration. Additionally, take advantage of the overnight hours. Before going to bed, apply a thick layer of moisturizing lotion or body butter to your skin. This will allow the product's hydrating ingredients to penetrate deeply into your skin while you sleep, resulting in soft, moisturized skin in the morning.

Exfoliation to remove dead skin cells


Exfoliating regularly is essential for removing dead skin cells that can accumulate on the surface, leading to a dull and flaky complexion. However, it's crucial to choose a gentle exfoliator, especially during winter when your skin is more sensitive. A physical exfoliant with fine particles or a chemical exfoliant like salicylic acid can effectively slough away dead skin and reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion.

Vitamin C and retinol for the boost


Vitamin C, known for its antioxidant properties, serves as a potent defender against free radicals while promoting collagen synthesis. This dual action not only revitalizes the skin but also imparts a natural radiance. On the other hand, retinol, derived from Vitamin A, addresses dryness at its roots by promoting cellular turnover, unclogging pores, and stimulating collagen production. Adding a retinol product to your nighttime routine can help fight dryness while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, pampering your skin to masks weekly or bi-weekly, with ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, aloe vera, and honey, provides a potent moisture boost.

Humidify your living space


Indoor heating can contribute to dry air, which further dehydrates your skin. Invest in a humidifier to add moisture back into the air inside your home. This will help prevent excessive drying of your skin, keeping it hydrated and healthy. Place the humidifier in your bedroom or living room to provide maximum benefits while you sleep or spend time indoors.

Protect your skin from harsh weather

When venturing outdoors in the winter, protect your skin from harsh weather conditions. Wear a scarf, hat, and gloves to shield your face, head, and hands from the cold wind and low humidity. Also, consider using a moisturizing lip balm to prevent chapped lips, which can worsen dryness and discomfort.

Hydrate from within

Maintaining well-hydrated skin is a year-round essential, with water consumption playing a pivotal role in achieving this goal. Although you might not feel as thirsty during winter as you do in the warmer months, it's crucial to stay adequately hydrated. Water helps nourish your skin from within, keeping it plump and reducing the risk of dryness and flakiness. Besides, consider enhancing your skin's moisture retention through advanced treatments like bio-remodeling and hydroboosters. Profhilo, a groundbreaking bio-remodeling treatment, employs hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and remodel the skin from within, resulting in improved elasticity and radiance. Conversely, the Viscoderm Booster, a hydro-stretch procedure, blends stabilized hyaluronic acid with essential nutrients to revitalize and hydrate the skin, promoting a smoother and more youthful appearance. These treatments offer a comprehensive solution for women looking to address both hydration and fine lines.

A balanced diet

Lastly, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables will contribute towards overall skin health. Include foods with omega-3 fatty acids, like fish, flaxseeds, and nuts, and lots of colorful fruits and veggies full of vitamins A, C, and E such as grapefruit, lime, avocado, carrot, pumpkin, red pepper, cucumber etc. Foods with protein, like chicken and beans, help your skin heal and stay healthy. Choose whole grains as they are rich in nutrients and fiber. Try not to eat too many processed foods and sugary treats. Too much smoking and consuming alcohol can change the skin’s thickness, cause dry skin, and change pigmentation.

(Dr Jyoti Aneja is a Dermatologist, Founder and Medical Director of La Grace Luxury Skin Clinic in Mumbai)




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12:42 IST, February 5th 2024