6 Skin Conditions That Pop Up During Winter

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You probably love the chilly morning breeze and snowflakes than you love the sun that beats down on your head, but winter comes with its own set of skin woes. Here are six common problems that you face in the cold season, and how you can keep them under control.

Dry & Scaly skin
This is a no-brainer. Dry skin is the most common trouble that pops up during winter. The skin on your face, neck, arms, legs, and other parts of the body lose moisture pretty quickly and turn very dry when not cared for.  When exposed to cold winds, your cheeks and nose can turn red, and the skin can begin to peel off. Constant dryness also causes a scaly appearance on your arms and legs.  A good moisturiser is what you need to take care of dry skin. Lightweight lotions can be swapped with body creams and butters for an extra dose of nourishment. Though you may be tempted to spend long hours taking a hot shower, but dermats recommend that you cut it short to 10 or 15 minutes, and use only warm water. This is because hot water can strip your skin of natural moisture, and add to the dryness. Also, apply the body moisturiser immediately after a shower, as this is when your skin is most receptive.

Health & Glow recommends:

  • Delon+ Body Butter With Macadamia Oil
  • Kaya Body Essentials Daily Use Body Lotion with Shea & Mango Butter

Chapped lips
Winter is the time to stock up on balms for your pouts. Whether you use them during the remainder of the year or not, you definitely cannot afford to give lip-moisturisers a skip in cold and near-freezing weather conditions. To prevent cracking, flaking, and chapping, slather your lips with your favourite lip balm. Exfoliate them regularly using homemade lip scrubs – this helps remove dry, dead skin, and give your lips a soft and healthy look.

Health & Glow recommends:

  • Biotique Bio Berry Plumping Lip Balm
  • Health & Glow Lip Balm Stick Strawberry

Thought acne and pimples could trouble you only in hot and humid conditions? Not really. Acne-fighting solutions can be quite drying on your skin in winter, and in turn, cause more breakouts. Extra-dry skin can also get inflamed easily. If your skin is acne-prone, switch to cleansers and other skin care products that are gentle and non-drying. This helps maintain your skin’s moisture naturally. Doesn’t matter if you have dry, normal, oily, or combination skin – nourish it well with a moisturiser made for your skin type.

Health & Glow recommends:

  • Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Face Cleanser
  • Avene Cleansing Foam

Dryness in winter coupled with dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface result in dullness. When this happens, you know what to do – exfoliate. Since your skin is already fighting extreme weather conditions outside, make sure that you use a gentle product to slough off the build-up and dead cells. Also, REJUVENATE. Pay extra attention to your nighttime routine with hydrating night serums and creams. Dermatologists recommend those that are rich in Vitamin C  or Retinol. Apply a face pack or mask once every week or two. This not only helps nourish your skin but also gives it a bright and refreshed look.

Health & Glow recommends:

  • Aroma Magic Mineral Glow Scrub
  • Loreal Revitalift Anti Wrinkle Firming Night Cream
  • Lotus Herbals Frujuvenate Skin Perfecting & Rejuvenating Fruit Pack

 Chafed skin
In an effort to keep yourself warm and well-protected, you end up wearing body-fitted clothes that often rub against your skin. Coupled with dryness, this results in an often painful condition – chafed skin. The red marks on your thighs, shoulders, and around the underarms can be taken care of with a protective cream. It is also important to keep these places clean and dry so that they don’t develop an infection.

Health & Glow recommends:

  • Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula

 Dry heels
The sole of your feet, especially around the heels, gets super dry in winters. Sometimes, they develop cracks, which can be extremely painful when you walk around. Just as you care for the other parts of your body, nourish your feet and heels with a hand and foot cream. If you are troubled by cracks, use a suitable healing ointment. You can also try out a quick home remedy with petroleum jelly and socks. During bedtime, clean your feet well, and apply a thin layer of the jelly. Cover them with socks, and leave on for the entire night. You will be glad to see happy and nourished feet the next morning!

Health & Glow recommends:

  • Vaseline Pure Skin Jelly Original
  • Scholls Cracked Heel Repair Cream

Got more concerns or remedies to share? Let us know by commenting below! You can also write to us with your queries to care@healthandglow.in.

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