Expert tips to winter-proof your skin
Dermatologist and Cosmetologist Dr. Deepali Bharadwaj.
Leading dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bharadwaj of the Skin and Hair Clinic is a well-known trainer and practitioner in the field of esthetic dermatology. She took some time out of her dizzy schedule to share some tried and tested winter skin care tips with Nykaa.
Could you share some DIY tips to keep skin soft and glowing when the weather turns cold?
This DIY mask works well no matter what your skin type. Apply a mixture of two teaspoons of curd, one teaspoon each of besan and lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric. Keep on for ten minutes for an instant glow. Rinse with lukewarm water. If fine lines and wrinkles are bothering you, add crushed walnut powder and egg yolk to the mixture. If your skin is oily you can add one teaspoon of Fullers Earth instead of walnut powder.
I have dark under-eye circles. How can I lighten them?
Dip sterile cotton pads in a mixture of tomato juice and cucumber juice on your eyes every day for 20-30 minutes for a fortnight for visible results.
What newer elements should I include in my skin care routine this winter? Please specify the regime for dry, oily and combination skin?
If you have dry skin make sure you eat foods rich in essentials oils like flax seeds, almonds and walnuts. Use a moisturizing Vitamin E rich oil like Sesame, Olive or Almond Oil on your body immediately after a bath when skin is still damp. Nykaa suggests Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula With Vitamin E. Use a moisturizing sunscreen on your face every morning. Nykaa suggests Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30. At night apply a rich night cream that seals moisture into your skin. Look for a formula that is paraben-free and rich in Vitamin E. Nykaa recommends L’Oreal Paris White Perfect Night Cream.
If you have oily skin, you’re lucky in that your skin produces natural oil so skin aging occurs much more slowly. However, in the winter it’s a good idea to use light baby oil or a water-based moisturizer after your shower. Nykaa recommends L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence SPF 50.
For combination skin, using a moisturizer is a good idea even if you are prone to acne because it stabilizes the skin’s moisture and doesn’t send the oil glands into overdrive. Using a mineral water based spritzer is also a good idea to maintain the skin’s moisture balance. Nykaa suggests Kama Ayurveda Pure Vetiver Water. Finally, use a night cream to seal in moisture and prevent dullness.
What dietary supplements help in keeping skin radiant?
Many people, especially youngsters, don’t realize that beauty starts inside out. Eat plenty of antioxidant and vitamin rich green vegetables, brightly colored fruits and lentils daily besides drinking 4-5 liters water daily. This will help flush out toxins and circulate nutrients within the body.
What makeup should one use in winter?
Focus only on the eyes and lips. For the rest of your face, sunscreen and a mineral-based foundation are adequate for day time, while moisturizer under foundation is enough for evenings. If you enjoy using makeup, look for mineral-based, allergic-free, long stay formulas. Nykaa suggests Lakme Perfect Radiance Multi Mineral Skin Light Compact SPF 23 or Natio Pure Mineral Foundation. However, ensure that you keep your face makeup-free so that your skin can breathe. If your skin is very dry, mix a dash of your regular moisturizer to the formula. For oily skin, use a primer or lacto calamine as a base before applying foundation to mattify makeup.
Are there any do’s and don’ts in winter?
Don’t sleep with your make up on, winter or summer.
Don’t skip washing your face at least twice a day. On chilly days it’s a good idea to use a cleanser or face milk to cleanse your face. After cleansing dab some rose water (like Fabindia Rose Face Water) on your face to close pores.
Just because you don’t feel thirst, don’t forget to drink three liters of water daily.
Don’t think you don’t need sunscreen in winters. UVA and UVB rays can go through fog and clouds and are the number one cause of photo-ageing, sun burn and pigmentation.
Do use a moisturizer even if you have oily skin. The winter air dehydrates skin cells from within and even if the skin appears superficially oily, it’s parched from the inside.
Do increase your intake of foods rich in Fatty Acids, Omega 3, 6 and 9. Flax seeds, nuts, seeds and fish are good sources. These help prevent dry skin problems, eczema and psoriasis.
Three must have skin care products in the winter?
Moisturizer, sunscreen and cleansing milk are three winter essentials. And a spritz of mineral water to keep you fresh and glowing all day!