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Come winter and it’s time for some extra tender loving care for your skin. While the harsh summer sun may be out for some time, the dry winter winds can be equally unrelenting for the skin.

health and fitness Updated: Dec 30, 2010 14:58 IST
Zofeen Maqsood
Zofeen Maqsood
Hindustan Times

Come winter and it’s time for some extra tender loving care for your skin. While the harsh summer sun may be out for some time, the dry winter winds can be equally unrelenting for the skin. The low humidity during winter can cause the skin to become dry, flaky and dull. So we give you expert tips and tricks on how to get that baby soft skin with a super party glow even in mid-winter. Read on to bid shrivelled, alligator skin goodbye this season.

Dry skin worries

Dr Sangeeta Amladi, Head Medical Services, Kaya Skin Clinic says, "External causes like low humidity enhance the drying effect on the skin. Exposure to dry wind and cold water further increases dryness. Also, when the blood vessels supplying to the skin become constricted, it reduces blood flow to the skin, sweat glands and oil producing glands in the Skinbody." When the water content of the skin diminishes both inside and outside, the skin cells become shrunken and dry.

Massage moments
Dr Shobha Sehgal, Head Beauty, VLCC Health Care says, “The pre-bath warm oil massage, preferably almond oil, is compulsory in winter, especially for your elbows and knees. The massage not only ensures silky smooth skin, it also tones the muscles, soothes the nerves and aids blood circulation.” Also avoid using alcohol-based products (lotion, hand sanitiser, etc) on your hands.

Beauty basics
Ashish Gupta, from Damai spa, Gurgaon says, “Go for deep, penetrative moisture massages this season. Aromatic oil or vitamin C complex massage are the treatments to opt for. Also while putting make up, prep up your skin by slathering moisture on the still damp skin.”

Smashing smackers
Here’s how to make a lip balm for winter:
* 1 teaspoon of beeswax
* 1 teaspoon apricot kernel oil
* 1 teaspoon of calendula oil
* Few drops of essential oil of lemon and orange
Method: Melt the Beeswax. Add apricot and calendula oil into it while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir. Add the essential oil when cold. Store in a glass pot

Homemade wonders
* Mix honey and milk and apply on the face. Mix half-a-cup of honey to your bath water for soft skin.
* Aloe Vera also helps to remove dead skin cells and is healing and moisturising. Apply Aloe Vera gel topically on affected areas
* A face mask comprising egg whites and honey gently removes the tan
* For oily skin, soak multani mitti and mint powder in yoghurt for 30 minutes and mix. Apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water and cold water

A healthy diet during this season should include:
* A bowl of green vegetables including spinach, avocado and asparagus with a seasoning of garlic
* A salad consisting of grapes, oranges, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and onions
* A bowl of fruits including watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, apricots

Other healthy practices:
* Skin cleansing should be limited to once or twice a day
* Avoid frequent application of moisturisers specially on face as it could clog the pore
* Exercise will clear your pores, increase your metabolism, and cleansing by sweating

What to avoid
* Harsh soaps, scrubs and loofas
* Toners and astringent
* Long hours in AC
* Frequent shampooing

And for the hair
* Avoid taking hot showers or washing your hair in very hot water, use warm or cool water
* A leave-in conditioner works wonders for dry and brittle hair
* Using a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron dries hair out more in winter

First Published: Dec 30, 2010 14:02 IST