Prevent Dry Skin in Winter with Expert Tips
As winter approaches, the challenge of dry skin becomes prevalent. Dr. Niti Gaur, MD, Fellowship in Cosmetic Dermatology (Singapore, USA), Board Certified Dermatologist, and Founder of Citrine Clinic, Gurgaon, highlights four common reasons behind dry skin and offers valuable tips to avoid it.
- Over-Cleansing: Over-cleansing the skin can disrupt its natural moisture barrier and strip away essential oils, leading to dryness. Dr. Gaur recommends finding the right balance when cleansing. Avoid harsh, soap-based cleansers and opt for gentle, pH-balanced alternatives. Wash your face with lukewarm water and limit cleansing to twice a day, unless advised otherwise by your dermatologist.
- Hot Showers and Baths: While hot showers and baths may be comforting, they strip away natural oils and moisture from the skin, causing dryness and irritation. Dr. Gaur suggests using lukewarm water and limiting bathing time to 5-10 minutes. After bathing, gently pat your skin with a towel, leaving some moisture, and promptly apply a moisturizer to lock in hydration.
- Skipping Moisturizer: Skipping moisturizer is a common mistake leading to dry and dehydrated skin. Moisturizers play a crucial role in replenishing and retaining skin moisture, preventing dryness, and maintaining a healthy skin barrier. Choose a moisturizer tailored to your skin type, incorporating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, and natural oils. Apply moisturizer within minutes of bathing and reapply throughout the day as needed.
- Excessive Exfoliation: Exfoliating too often or using harsh exfoliants can disrupt the skin’s natural moisture balance, resulting in dryness and irritation. While exfoliation is beneficial for removing dead skin cells, moderation is key. Opt for gentle exfoliants, such as chemical exfoliants containing alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). Limit exfoliation to 1-2 times a week or follow the dermatologist’s recommendations.
Dr. Niti Gaur advises, “By avoiding these common mistakes, you can help prevent dryness and maintain optimal skin hydration. If you have persistent dryness or skin concerns, it’s always helpful to consult with a dermatologist for a personalized skincare routine and recommendations.”
Repurposed article originally published in Zee News