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Adverse effects of Winter Season on one’s skin can be minimised if you prepare for it in the Right Manner! Here are 6 Steps!

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How to take care of skin in winter, Pixabay

New Delhi, Dec 18, 2016: Adverse effects of the winter season on one’s skin can be minimised if you prepare for it in the right manner, says an expert.

Kiran Lohia, Medical Director, Lumiere Dermatology, lists precautions one can take for keeping your skin healthy during winter:

Precautions during the day

* Take brief showers: Keep the shower as brief as possible and use lukewarm, not hot water. Switch to less aggressive, moisturising solutions instead of soaps since the pH of soap is 7.5, which is greater than that of skin — 5.5. This high pH may cause the breakdown, leaking out natural moisture, lipids and nutrients from the skin. This increases dryness and can even result in rashes and worse eczema.

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* Look for hydrating agents in skin-care products: Try to look for skin-care products that include ingredients known as natural moisturising factors. Look for constituents such as Hyaluronic acid, glycerin and humectants — a substance, especially a skin lotion or a food additive, used to reduce the loss of moisture — in skin products that promote the increase of natural moisture present in the skin.

* Use sunblock: Perhaps the most common skin care myth during winter months is that you can’t get sunburned. UV exposure is usual part of the process when your skin is exposed to sunlight, regardless of the season. Therefore, a winter sunscreen is a must. A broad-spectrum sunblock with SPF 30 (or more) should be used always, regardless of whether you are indoors out outdoors.

Precautions during the night

* Use a humidifier in your room: During winter, the air dries out. The dryer the air, the more it steals moisture from your skin. If you live in a dry climate, use a humidifier, particularly in your bedroom at night.

* Choose your cleanser carefully: Cleansers can strip your skin of natural oils, dry it out, and over time, lead to more visible lines and wrinkles. To prevent chapped and parched skin, embrace wipe-off, soap-free cleansers and alcohol-free hand sanitisers at night.

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* Eat a healthy dinner: To protect your skin against damage in winter, watch your diet at night and include foods rich in Omega fatty acids such as nuts, avocados, and flax-seed. These essential nutrients act by reinforcing the skin barrier, making your epidermis more moist and supple. (IANS)

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Follow These Steps for a Healthy Skin

Best kept secrets for healthy skin

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Here are some secrets for a healthy skin. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

Healthy and radiant skin is not something you can achieve in a week or even a month! A mix of healthy habits, and daily routines can contribute to better, healthier skin in the long run. Follow these steps to begin your journey to healthier skin today.

You are what you eat!

This adage still holds true and it is important to add skin-friendly foods to your diet. Consume nuts such as almonds as they contain healthy fats and vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) which have been shown to impart anti-aging properties that may benefit skin health.

Hydrate regularly!

Drink around 8 glasses of water daily. It will do wonders to your skin! Another great thing you can do is add vegetables such as leafy greens, gourds (cucumber, ash gourd, bottle gourd, snake gourd, ridge gourd) and tomatoes that have high water content. Also, include beverages such as herbal teas, coconut water, buttermilk, fresh lime juice to your daily routine for healthier skin.

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A healthy diet is very important for a healthy skin. Pixabay

Trying managing your stress levels!

Stress increases cortisol levels that reduces the skin’s ability to hold moisture2. For clearer skin, it is imperative to reduce your stress levels. There are several ways to maintain a calm mind and one such way is to practice yogasana or meditation for about 10 – 15 min every day. It is recommended to do this in the morning, before you begin your day and in the long run, you will notice a positive impact on your skin’s health.

Exercise regularly!

Sweat it out! Any form of exercise is good for overall health and especially for your skin. Working out regularly helps in accelerating the cleansing process of your body. For many, accommodating a regular fitness regime in your busy lifestyle might seem hard in the beginning, as you might tend to feel hungry immediately after a workout.

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You need to exercise regularly for a healthy skin. Pixabay

In such a case, to avoid binging on unhealthy food, keep a handful of roasted almonds handy as they make for a tasty and healthy post workout snack. Added to that, almonds are a rich source of protein, a nutrient which is not only energy-yielding, but also known to contribute to growth and maintenance of muscle mass.

Quit smoking

Smoking accelerates the normal process of aging and causes unfavorable skin changes. Skin damage is irreversible and it is important to take steps to prevent premature wrinkles. The first step is to stop smoking.

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It is also important to add skin-friendly foods to your diet. A new pilot study by researchers at the University of California, Davis found that the addition of almonds as a part of your beauty routine helps to reduce skin wrinkles. (IANS)