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Look your radiant best this winter

It's that time of the year when you want to let your hair down and enjoy the chill in the air. However, the dip in the temperature can play havoc on your skin and hair. It is important to observe some basic skin care tips for the entire duration of this season, as a little care can help you look your radiant best during this season.

Here are some essential skincare tips by Dr. Motiur Rahman and Dr. Sharmina Huq of Kaya Skin Clinic which will help you keep your skin healthy and glowing this season.

Must-follow skincare regime for winter:
While washing your face, use a mild cleanser and rinse with lukewarm water.

Avoid antibacterial soaps, alcohol-based toners, wipes or colognes. Instead use cleansers with pH of 5.5 like Kaya Body Gel

Apply a water-based moisturiser while your skin is still damp to seal in moisture before it's lost

It is essential to use a good moisturiser packed with paraben free ceramides and oatmeal to lock water in the skin and keep it hydrated. Products like Kaya Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen, Kaya Anytime Moisturizing Cream for the face are the products which fit the bill.

For oily skin, moisturising is essential in winters.

Avoid stepping into the hot and strong sun as it evaporates the trans-epidermal water and makes skin dry. Also avoid stepping out in extremely cool and windy weather

Add emollient oil to bath water (1-2 drops per bucket of water).
Apply moisturising sunscreen on exposed body parts 20 minutes before stepping out in the sun. You can use Kaya Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen (SPF 30) with moisturiser that protects against both UVA and UVB

Wear cotton clothes instead of nylon or synthetic materials. Wear woollens above cotton clothes to avoid skin irritation

Body massages with coconut or almond oil are important at least once a week. You can also opt for a quick 5 minute massage with almond and Vitamin E oil. This alleviates the redness and leaves the skin soft and supple

For severely chapped lips, use a mild lip scrub followed by a mild steroid cream prescribed by your dermatologist to get immediate relief from chapped lips.

Eat your way to a healthy and glowing winter:
A bowl of fresh fruits including watermelon, berries -- strawberries, blueberries, grapes, papayas, oranges, apricots and green vegetables like spinach, avocado and asparagus with a seasoning of garlic should be eaten

Drink plenty of fluids -- water, juices, milk, soups, and more.
Eat balanced food containing all nutrients. Include vegetables, fresh fruits, and fish (rich in omega 3 & 6 acids) in your daily food intake

Love your hot coffee drinks on a cold winter day? Well, consuming coffee repeatedly during winters can dehydrate the skin and lead to more drying as it contains caffeine. For every cup of coffee, make sure you increase your water intake. Alcohol, soft drinks and fried foods should be avoided

Quick homemade packs:
Mix honey and milk (in equal amounts) and apply on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Mix half a cup of honey to your bath water for soft and smooth skin

Aloe Vera also helps to remove dead skin cells and is soothing, healing, and moisturising. Hence, Aloe Vera gel can be applied topically on affected areas

A facemask comprising of egg white and honey gently lightens the tan from your face

For oily skin type soak Multani Mitti and mint powder in yoghurt for 30 minutes and mix them well by beating. Apply it on face for 15 minutes and leave it to semi-dry. Then wash off with lukewarm water. After that, rinse by cold water

A half an hour's daily exercise will do more than simply get your heart rate going. It will clear your pores, increase your metabolism, and sweating allows your inner body to cleanse itself

Hair care during winter
Use mild moisturising shampoo and condition hair every time after shampooing. You can use Kaya Nourishing shampoo, mild shampoo with almond and hibiscus extracts.

Avoid using hot water or washing your hair too often.
Avoid steam and sauna.

Avoid using heated appliances as much as possible. Using a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron dries hair out even more in winter.

Cover hair with a cotton scarf while travelling.

Trim the split ends.

Few winter care myths busted:
Overzealous application of moisturizers (cold creams) especially on face should be avoided as over-application could clog the pores

Frequent hot water baths may feel relaxing and warm in winters but they tend to dry the skin and cause irritation. It is advisable to take short showers with lukewarm water not more than twice a day

Petroleum jelly dries soon after application and requires frequent application. It is advisable to use lip balms with natural oils like Vitamin E, almond, chamomile, jojoba oils and fortified with sunscreens

Dandruff is caused by fungal elements which are part of our natural scalp flora. They need the right trigger to aggravate. A dry scalp is one such trigger. Moisturise the scalp with coconut oil on regular basis and use a medicated leave-on cream or shampoo with anti-dandruff properties

Special winter care treatments:
Hydrating treatments which help in dead skin reduction, stimulate circulation and supply nutrients and essential oils are recommended. Treatments like Microdermabrasion and Everyday Radiance are great for healthy skin.

Photo courtesy: Kaya Skin Care Clinic


Aarong's Christmas and New Year Collection

Brighten up the air of festivity this season and beautify your home with the new range of fragrant products by Aarong.

The renowned boutique offers you a whole range of fragrant creations in lines of home fragrances, potpourris and potpourri candle sets. Home fragrances at Aarong are compositions of alcohol-free essential oils that are 100 percent environment-friendly, which soothe your senses. You can also choose to decorate your home with a rustic touch of fragrant dry flowers called potpourris to cheer-up the rooms with colourful hues in aromas inspired by lavender, rose, lemon, vanilla and honey, orange and jasmine.

So make your home beautiful this season and also treat your loved ones to gifts from Aarong's fragrant collection to pass on the season's greetings!

-- LS Desk


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