Dr. Najia Winter Skin Care Tips

The winter holiday season is a time for get-togethers and parties. It is also a time when you want to look your best as you meet family and friends. A healthy skin is a key factor for looking good. Unfortunately, the cold weather tends to take moisture out of your skin making it dry and flaky. A few simple precautions can go a long way in ensuring that your skin remains well hydrated and has a healthy holiday glow.

Exfoliate regularly. It is usually the first step towards rejuvenating your skin. Exfoliation involves the removal of dead skin allowing the new skin underneath to be revealed.

Use Retinol Cream at Night. Retinol is derived from vitamin A and has many anti-aging and anti-wrinkle properties. It increases the cell turnover rate and boosts collagen production. It can smoothen fine lines, fade age spots, control acne, and give a youthful appearance to your skin. Retinol should be applied at night because your skin will be sensitive to sunlight for some time after application. Retinol can cause dry skin itself, so it is best to add on a hydrating night cream to skin care routine during winter season.

Avoid Hot Baths. It may feel great to have a hot shower after spending time in the cold, but very hot water may cause breakdown of skin and loss of moisture. Your skin will be much better off with lukewarm baths without staying in the water too long. Use More Moisturiser. Use moisturising cream regularly and especially after a bath to ensure you skin retains it elasticity and velvety feel. Remember to moisturize not only your face but rest of the body as well.

Use Humidifiers for Indoor Heating. Several small humidifiers spaced throughout your house will keep your skin from drying out when compared to other heating systems.

Use Sunscreen Even Though There is no Sun Outside. The harmful ultra-violet rays damage your skin even on cloudy days when you cannot see the sun. Furthermore, snow reflects 80% of the UV rays back and you have almost double the exposure to these harmful rays. If you are traveling to a higher altitude for the winter, your risk of harm from UV rays is greater due to the thinner atmosphere, which means less protection from UV rays. So, make sure you have plenty of sunscreen on before stepping outside.

Following these skin care tips will ensure your skin retains its vitality and freshness during the winter season.

My favourite products for winter season are from ZO (Dr Zein Obagi) range.

Offects® Exfoliating Polish

Use it 2-3 times a week. It helps remove dry, dead skin, increases cell turnover and improves skin texture.

Offects

Ossential® Daily Power Defense

Use 2-3 pumps daily as day cream. It is the hero product of ZO range, which helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen. It also promotes healthy skin turn over to provide a more even skin tones and healthy glow.

Ossential

Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50

This is my favourite sunscreen. It is broad spectrum, with high SPF and it doesn’t make the skin oily or greasy.

oclipse

Ommerse® Renewal Crème

Increases hydration in the skin with natural emollients and Creates a barrier proven to lock-in moisture. It has also got retinol in it, which has great anti-aging properties, making it the perfect night cream for winter season.

Ommerse

ZO products are only sold through skin health professionals and some of them need to be prescribed. All the ZO products are available to buy at One Skin Clinic. Make an appointment to see me for a skin consultation to find the best possible solution for your skin problems.