Skin Care in winter
By:-Dr. Gunjan Gupta ( Dermatologist )
For many people, the onset of winter also spells the beginning of uncomfortable dryness especially over the sides of the abdomen, lower legs and face. This is seen more commonly in the elderly and people prone to eczema (a condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed with blisters which cause itching and sometimes bleeding).
People typically complain of itching in late evenings especially when they change their clothes. This kind of dryness is worsened with the use of heaters. Use of heaters for long hours can cause dryness. Extreme dryness of the nostrils can also lead to mild nose bleeds. The following steps can be taken to avoid winter dryness:
- Oil Massages before baths are helpful. Coconut oil is one of the safest and can be used on all types of skin.
- It is important not to use very hot water as it robs the skin of natural oils.
- Avoid harsh soap. You can use glycerin based soap.
- It is advisable to pat-dry the skin after bath and immediately lather on oil-based moisturisers all over the limbs and torso.
- Use sunscreens all year round. Even in winters, it is important to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen 15-30 mins before sun exposure.
- If you are prone to eczema, avoid direct contact of the skin with woolens. Wear a layer of cotton before wearing woolens.
- Drinking more water will not necessary improve the dryness of the skin, unless you are dehydrated to begin with.
- If you are prone to cracked feet, it is important to exfoliate the feet using food scrapers (metal, plastic, pumice stones etc.) and use creams on your soles.
- Avoid scratching or itching. It will only make matters worse.
- Keep your fingernails short to avoid damaging your skin.
- Most importantly, consult a dermatologist at the earliest to help you with further management.
Keep these tips in mind for healthy and lovely skin during winters. Read more about dermatology and skin care on our website. If you need further assistance in skin care or skin troubles, don’t forget to consult our expert dermatologists. Keep glowing this winter!