Skin care in winter

This article has been written by Sanskrity Sinha for METROMELA.COM

Dr. Mukta Sachdev, Dermatologist, BangaloreWinter brings with it problems like dryness, cracked lips, stretched skin, dry hair and more. MetroMela spoke with Dr. Mukta Sachdev, Consultant Dermatologist at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore to suggest a skin care and hair care routine for this season. Here are her tips.

Skin care

Your skin texture depends not only on external treatments, but also on the intake. A proper nutritious intake helps in rejuvenating the skin from within. A good amount of water helps in retaining the moisture of your skin as well keeping skin disorders at bay. Adequate fruit and vegetables in your daily diet release a lot of water to your system. External supplements like evening primrose syrup and olive oil in your diet also aid in softening your skin.

Pamper you skin with a little coconut oil before bath to heal dryness and chaps. A non detergent bathing moisturizing bar or liquid body wash while bathing will keep your skin soft and supple.

Moisturizers and cold creams for the body are a must in the winters. Hydrate your skin with a good moisturizer or a hand and body lotion.

Add a few drops of oil to the water that you are using to bath. This will help retain the moisture lost when bathing. Avoid using very hot water during winter as it can decrease the natural oils of your skin. Instead shorten your bath time.

Hair care

Before the winter winds can work havoc with your hair, treat your hair to deep conditioning. Since the cold weather tends to dry your hair, a gentle oil massage will help your hair restore its softness. You can treat your hair with oil massage once or twice a week .Olive oil can work wonders in reinforcing moisture to hair. Heat the oil before using and allow it to soak for a while.

Deep conditioning and hair spa treatments also will replace and maintain moisture and prevent dryness. Regular trims to prevent split ends will also keep your hair healthy.

Style your hair with a braid, twist or a knot. If you keep your hair loose, it will be exposed to cold winds and environmental damage. Avoid exposing your hair to frequent coloring, streaking, or ironing as they can rob off its moisture and it is advisable to avoid using heating appliances on your hair, especially in this season. Expose your hair to natural drying. Keep away from blow dryers. If you have to use, use one with a hood.

Hands, legs and nails

When treating your legs add a few drops of oil in the water that you use to soak them. With regard to your hands, use a hand cream to replace the moisturizer, especially after using soaps and detergents. Use a base coat over your nails against the cold weather.


A good petroleum jelly will be an effective cover for your lips against the cold weather.


Use of a mild cleanser or face wash (non scented and non detergent based) to prevent excessive dryness.

Use of a heavier moisturizing day and night cream is important and should be used on a regular basis.
It is still necessary to use a sunscreen on top of the moisturizer as even though it is cold, there is sun exposure.

Regular use of under eye creams is equally important to ensure a healthy look and prevention of fine lines and wrinkles.

So get ready to shield your body against the winter threats and have a great holiday season.

This article has been written by Sanskrity Sinha for METROMELA.COM


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