unwrap winter layers, give your skin the springtime attention it deserves.
With spring approaching Sunshine ,humidity and time spent outdoors increases, our skin requires a new set of protocols to deal with the warmer and more humid days. So lets get spring ready
Keep your skin clean
Wash away the pollution & makeup that’s settled on your skin. Choose a cleanser formulated for your skin type. If you have a dry skin type , use a cream-based cleanser for combination and oily skin Gel-based cleansers are recommended
Weather conditions change, so should your skin care routine. For dry skin choose a moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based or lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that will create a protective layer on the skin that retains normal skin PH. For combination and oily skin use water based moisturizers. A moisturizer with built-in SPF for sun protection is recommended
Don’t forget the SPF
Sun protection is a must. No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen (28-30 SPF) to your face and your hands about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every three hours. You can layer moisturizer over your sunscreen or use a sunscreen with moisturizer.
If you have not scrubbed those dead skin cells off your face all winter its definitely time to start. The cold air outside and heated air inside rob your skin of moisture, leaving it dry. The solution to a brighter, smoother complexion is to exfoliate about three times a week.
- Chemical exfoliates contain hydroxyl acids or enzymes that dissolve dead skin cells (they feel like a thin lotion when you apply with fingertips, then rinse away).
- Mechanical exfoliants contain tiny beads that physically scrub off dead cells as you rub them over your skin. If you opt for a mechanical scrub, use it with a tender touch.
A lukewarm bath and staying in the water for a shorter amount of time reapplying your moisturizer can help relieve skin that is dry due to winter blues.
Dr Ramanjit Singh
(Dermatology & Cosmetology)
Medanta – The Medicity & Director
Dermcos Skincare Clinic