January 19, 2014

Winter Skincare Tips

When winter arrives, you not only have to bring out your winter clothes, but you also need to change your skincare routine. Moisturised and flake-free skin doesn't come naturally (Unless god has blessed you with such glorious skin.. LUCKY YOU) and especially in the winter season. So here are some tips to achieve that fabulous glowing skin from Dermatologist & Brand Expert for Pond’s Arabia, Dr. Lillian Khan.

Pay attention to your face and neck cleansing routine:
-        You will notice that your skin will need to change cleansers when the winter air starts blowing in. During the summer, skin becomes more oily with the heat and humidity, but in winter that's not the case. Choose a mild non-irritating cleanser, and be sure it doesn't contain any harsh ingredients. One of my favorites is Pond’s Gold Radiance Foam cleanser. For dry skin types, you will need a milk or a lotion base moisturising cleanser. All skin types should still exfoliate gently once a week to remove debris, clogged pores, and dry flaky skin.

You will need your moisturiser:
-        All skin types in winter will need some sort of moisturising fluid, lotion, or cream - even acne prone skin. Read labels carefully and choose the product that is specific to your skin type and problem. So, if you suffering from acne, choose a hydrating lotion that is specific for acne prone skin, and that is labeled non comedogenic. If you have dry eczema prone skin, choose a hypo allergic non irritating moisturiser.

Sunscreens and BB creams:
-        Just because you feel the cool winter air it doesn’t mean that the sun isn't shining along with its harmful rays. A broad spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB with the recommended SPF 30 and above is still mandatory. You can use the Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream with its GenActiv formula that brightens your natural skin tone. It’s active ingredients works on your skin tone, and provides both coverage and sunscreen all in one to give flawless looking skin immediately and which works on your natural glow.

Use Milk and lactic acids for softer skin:
-        It was said that Cleopatra used to bathe in milk which has kept her skin soft and smooth. That's not far from scientific truth as milk contains lactic acid. This ingredient is used in body moisturisers to help remove dry flaky skin. Look for those in moisturisers; apply it twice daily to rough dry skin to get smoother hydrated healthy looking body skin.

Don’t forget to exfoliate:
-        There is a nice honey and sugar body at-home-remedy that I like to make and use myself. Honey acts as a humectant and reduces inflammation and sugar when massaged on the skin increases circulation and acts as a mild exfoliant. Use this mixture once per week to elbows and knees and you will notice those areas becoming softer and brighter with regular use.

Shower oils and lotions:
-        I’ve become a big fan of prescribing shower oil cleansers to my patients who complain of dry flaky irritated skin. Many of us have busy lives and this has reduced the need to use a moisturiser right after showering and bathing. Another option is to find good moisturising shower cleansing lotions such a Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash.

10 minute showers and bath:

-        Feeling cold makes us want to take longer hot showers and baths to relax and warm up. But the longer you shower or bathe, the dryer the skin becomes. Limit your bath and shower to not more than 10 minutes and make sure the last rinse is with slightly colder temperature water.

Dr. Lillian Khan also recommends to pay a trip to your dermatologist every once in awhile especially during season changes.

What I personally use:
Lipid Replenishing Body Balm | La Roche-Posay
Purifying Cleansing Foam | Shiseido
Night Moisture Recharge | Shiseido
Intensive Nourishing Moisturiser Cream | Vichy Neutrilogie 2
SPF 40 Sunscreen | Josie Maran
Hydrating Eye Cream | Bobbie Brown
Strawberry Lip balm | EOS

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