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Softness Special for Winter!

By Anuradha Turner

While the chilling weather may be a relief from the usual heat, it brings along a host of skin related problems with it. If you are planning a wedding in winter, it means you cannot be carrying the usual gloss and compact. The season demands a very different skin care to keep your skin supple and soft. Plan your wedding takes a look at some of the must-do skin care rules that will help you have a smooth sail through this season!

 As the bride-to-be, you will have busy days ahead, days out in the sun, for shopping, for meetings etc. There is an extra need to protect your skin from any kind of damage due to the sun as well as the cold winds that have started blowing. Acne/pimples, boils, fungal infections, dry scalp and dandruff, dry skin tone, increased pigmentation are the common problems that you need to fight with. As the weather changes to winters, the needs of the skin change too. While the basic skincare regime essentially remains the same, the need is to moisturise more. Of course you do not want to have a dull and dry skin ahead of the D-day. Read on to know how to perfecting the soft and supple skin thing this season!
“Dry skin in winter season is almost as good as the death of the skin, your skin is practically not breathing”, says makeup and skin expert, Darshana Mehta, Pune. Cracked sips, dull skin, these are symptoms if not taken care of early will lead to extremely dull and patchy skin in future.
What you might want to add to your general bathing routine is an oil massage just before taking a shower. This will help retain the moisture. This is also applies to your moisturizer which needs to have more oil qualities.
For Dry Skin
“Oil reduction mission during winters would not prove to be beneficial as it will eventually dry up your skin to a larger extent; reason being during winters skin tends to lose 25 per cent of its ability to retain moisture. As weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Hence, switch to a moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Look out for “no clogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil as they would not clog up the pores and will let your skin breath.” explains renowned makeup artist and expert, Aashmeen Munjaal.
The same goes for home remedies – adding a drop of olive oil or coconut to your usual mask will help. For an extremely dry skin, it is advisable to massage your body with almond oil before taking a bath. This will help you retain the moisture. Your packs must contain besan and milk and refrain from using products like multani-mitti, which will only dry your skin further.
Go for mild alpha hydroxy peels (lactic, arginine or kojic peels) once in a fortnight for a glowing skin.
Fillers are another great way to treat your skin with care. Dermal fillers like Juvederm can not only fill up the fine lines around your eyes and mouth but also deeply hydrate the skin in a natural way. The Hyaluronic acid (a hydrophilic substance) based fillers when injected beneath the surface of the skin help increase water retention and brings a natural hydration and glow to dull and dry skin. In winters, this hydration becomes even more important. If the hands are appearing to be scaly and dry, a session with fillers like Juvederm can plump them up too and make them look beautiful.
Fruit peels and whitening peels: These are done to remove blemishes and superficial acne scars and also to give an even skin tone.
Do go for skin polishing also known a micro-dermabrasion and photo facials where Nd-Yag laser is used for instant glow of skin, tightening and closing of open pores.
Vitamin Mesoglow therapy: It involves the micro-injection of a specially prepared mixture of vitamins, amino acids, and medications in the dermis (just millimetres under the skin) within a problematic area. This treatment modality is used for rejuvenation of skin, dark circles, and fine lines.
Inputs are taken from Dr. Jaishree Sharad,
Vice President, Cosmetic Dermatology Society of India

For Oily Skin/ T-Zone Oily Skin
For oily skin, almond or sandalwood oil is the best option. Just gently washing the skin with milk and honey will kept it soft and supple, you can also add rose water. You can also use milk-based cleansers with an exfoliater to keep the T-Zone clean and clear.
For Sensitive Skin
“Right products are important to manage sensitive skin. A gentle cleanser which doesn’t leave the skin dry and stretchy is important. A derma foaming gel, cetaphil cleansing lotion, obagi gentle cleanser and dermalogica ultra calming cleanser are good choices. Brides with sensitive skin should apply only products with no alcohol and use non-cosmogenic products that would not clog your pores. Massaging your skin with almond oil every night will soothe your sensitive skin” says Dr. Chiranjiv Chhabra, leading Delhi-based dermatologist, Skin Alive Clinics.
Butter for the Body
By this we don’t mean you apply butter literally! It’s time to chuck your usual body washes and soaps and opt for cream-based products. You can choose from a range of products available at stores like The Body Shop and Lush. For oily skin, go for body washes that use milk and honey as this will balance the moisture level. “For the sensitive skin, honey-based face packs can be used to hydrate the skin, chamomile and milk cream can also be applied for moisturizing effect. Applying banana pulp on skin as well as yoghurt also has a softening effect that makes skin supple”, states Dr. Chiranjiv Chhabra.
Avoid petroleum for lips
Don’t neglect your lips, which have a tendency to dry out in the winter. Keep a nourishing balm with you and apply as often as the temperature drops. Avoid products that contain petroleum as it can clog the pores in your lips, making it hard for the moisture to seep in where it needs to. You can’t properly moisturise skin that is congested.
Say no to hot water bath
Also important is to not have very hot baths. Use lukewarm water to prevent dry, irritated skin and apply moisturizer liberally immediately after drying yourself.
Start applying hydrating facial masks that will replenish lost moisture into the skin.
Drink water
To stay hydrated in winters should always be a top priority. We all get more dehydrated in winter, so it’s important to drink more water. This is a very simple, but beneficial tip for people wanting to maintain healthy skin.
Feed your skin
Your winter diet can have a huge impact on your skin. Eat foods that contain omega 3s like ground flax seed and salmon. Eating foods that contain antioxidants that fight free radicals like blueberries, spinach, and other leafy greens are great for your skin as well.
Make sure you include a lot of vitamin C in your diet so as to equip your body to fight infections. Vitamin C not only strengthens the immune system but is also very good for the skin. Use creams that are rich in Vitamin A and E.
Ditch the pump
When choosing a moisturizer for the winter, look for products that come in a jar rather than a pump. A pump and pour bottle has a higher water content and PH base that can dry out skin. The thicker formula is better suited for skin parched by chilly winter conditions.
Inputs are taken from makeup artist Aashmeen Munjaal, Star Salon and Empire of Makeovers, Delhi

Don’t put away the sunscreen
“Unlike the usual summer that mostly lead to only sun tan and damage, the sun in the winters can actually be even more harmful. This is because the skin is already dry and dull and has even lower resistance to sun”, states Darshana Mehta.
Sunscreen is not just for summers. Winter sun can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside for a long period of time.
One of the biggest challenges in winter season would be to keep the skin supple and shining from inside-out. Some therapies can help you keep your skin glowing and shining, however, you will need to be careful to choose the right therapies as per the season demands. And with all these expert tips in your kitty, you will surely be adding the precious buttery smoothness to your skin for some sexy softness on your D-day!
Vitamins are very important in fighting oxidative stress so it would serve you well to add vitamins both in your diet and oral application a couple of months ahead of your wedding. Vitamin C 1000 mg is very vital as it helps in building immunity and is a powerful anti-oxidant. It helps your body fight infections which you do not need ahead of your wedding. Topical application of vitamin C is also very effective. Vitamin C serums can be applied to give nourishment to the skin and help to lighten and brighten the complexion.
Other vitamins which are vital are vitamin B12 and vitamin D3 since a lot of Indians are deficient in these. They are very good for the skin, hair and overall well being.
Supplements are to fill in the nutritional gaps. This has to be followed by a healthy balanced diet with milk, curd and lots of green vegetables, fruits like papaya, oranges and pomegranate, nuts like almonds, walnut and raisins. A glass of coconut milk or Indian gooseberry juice is a great idea to get a healthy glowing skin. Wheat grass juice or aloe-vera juice also helps to detox the system and helps in getting healthy skin.
Inputs are taken from Dr. Chiranjiv Chhabra,
leading Delhi-based dermatologist, Skin Alive Clinics

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