Yet another year of whipping winds, dry air, and chilly temperatures. This winter, prepare yourself for skin issues that are not just damaging but ones that could even be unending. Dry skin is a common condition for many people, and often gets worse during the winter, especially when environmental humidity is low. Dry skin cells clog pores which lead to an acne breakout.

Throughout the winter, excessive hand washing could also leave the skin extremely dry and itchy. Furthermore, drinking coffee and alcoholic beverages can also lead to dehydration and eventually dry skin.

How can you prevent dry skin?

Everyone needs to protect their skin from drying out in this weather and there are many easy and efficient ways to keep your skin hydrated. Here’s what to do.

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Sunscreens: Yes, a good sunscreen is important in winters too. Why? Dr Meghna Gupta, Cosmetic Dermatologist, Delhi Skin Centre, tells us that there are two kinds of ultraviolet rays, UVA & UVB. UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburn and their intensity varies in every season. However, UVA rays have the same intensity during summer or winter. So you need to apply sunscreen every four-five hours even during winter.

Moisturisers: Massaging your body after a bath with a body moisturising cream or oil will keep you hydrated.

Home remedies: These are simple options for those who get confused by the variety of brands available in the market.

” You can always opt for jojoba oil and aloe vera gel, which is readily available in market.
” Keep yourself hydrated: Drink an adequate amount of water at regular intervals.
” Exercise regularly: By increasing blood flow, exercise helps in nourishing skin cells, and that helps in keeping your skin vibrant.
” Eat green veggies: Eat carrots, spinach, avocados, oranges and other green veggies during winters, to make your skin more radiant and flawless.

Dryness during winter not only affects your skin but also affects your lips, hair, and nails and this is how you can protect them.

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Chapped lips: Use a gentle scrub once a week even in winter, and always keep your lips protected with lip balm.
Hair: Do not use excessive hair styling tools; regular oiling is important, and avoid a hot water bath. Never go outside with wet hair; freezing hair can prompt breakage. breaking.
Nails: Keep a rich hand cream with you and use it every two-three hours. Massage the cream into the cuticles to make them stronger and healthier.
Feet: Before going to bed, a gentle wash followed by an application of a thick coat of rich cream is a good idea to prevent dryness.

But if you have a skin condition, and the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling that results in flaking and cracking, you should step up your routine to stay supple. If necessary, seek the help of a specialist.