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Winter Skin Care: Protecting Your Skin Against the Cold

As the winter season rolls in, the drop in temperatures and humidity levels can take a toll on your skin, leaving it dry, itchy, and irritated. While cozying up in warm clothes is a given to shield your body from the cold, your skin requires a special winter care regimen to combat the harsh effects of the season. Here's a comprehensive guide to keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and happy during the winter months. Brr! 1. Moisturize Religiously

Winter air is dry, and indoor heating systems can further strip moisture from the air and your skin. Switching to a richer moisturizer can provide your skin with the extra hydration it needs. Look for creams and ointments that contain hyaluronic acid, ceramides, or glycerin which help in retaining moisture. Don't forget to moisturize immediately after washing your face or showering while your skin is still damp to lock in moisture. Here a two winter favourites: Climatis from Matis and Bionic Face Cream from Neostrata.

2. Stay Hydrated Inside Out

While applying moisturizer externally is crucial, hydrating your body from within is equally important. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps maintain the moisture balance of your body and skin, and assists in the circulation of nutrients. Herbal teas are also a great way to stay hydrated while keeping warm during the cold months.

3. Gentle Cleansing is Key

Winter is not the time for harsh, drying cleansers. Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser that doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils. Avoid washing your face with hot water as it can lead to dryness and irritation. Instead, use lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel, avoiding any harsh rubbing. Super Soft Cleanser followed by Herbal Care Lotion is a really nice step. Facial Cleanser from Neostrata is another great choice!

4. Exfoliate with Care

While it's important to remove dead skin cells, over-exfoliation can impair the skin's barrier, leading to increased dryness and sensitivity. Limit exfoliation to once a week and opt for a mild exfoliating product that promotes cell turnover without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

5. Don't Skip the Sunscreen

The winter sun can be just as damaging as the summer sun. Snow and ice reflect the UV rays, increasing your risk of exposure. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is essential, even on cloudy days. Don't forget areas like your hands and lips, which are often exposed to the elements. Sensiderm Sunscreen or Optimum Protection Cream is a great choice.

6. Pay Attention to Your Diet

Your skin reflects what you eat. Consuming foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, flaxseed, and walnuts, can help fortify your skin's lipid barrier, which is crucial in keeping the skin hydrated. Vitamin C-rich foods can also help in combatting dry skin and maintaining its health.

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