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Last Updated Saturday December 16 2017 12:31 PM IST

7 easy ways to banish dry skin woes

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Perhaps there’s nothing more annoying than having dry and flaky skin. Oftentimes, trying to get rid of it is quite an exercise, as the skin needs to be constantly pampered and taken care of.

Here, Onmanorama Women shares some tips on how you can find a permanent solution for the dry skin problem.

1. Use a good cleansing oil

Cleansing

It is the foundation for good skincare base regardless of the season. In colder months, when your skin is the driest, you should replace your usual cleansing product with a non-comedogenic cleaning oil as it won't block pores. After cleansing, it leaves you with soft and smooth skin that isn't greasy.

2. Peel away flakiness with enzymes

Facial

If the surface of your skin is dry, it's a sign you need to get rid of old skin cells that prevent moisture from getting into your skin. Scrubbing is the best solution for this. Also, opt for a professional salon service like a cleanup or a facial for best results.

3. Night-time care

You should invest in a night cream that does some heavy work while you sleep. Use a protective cream if you will be outdoors for long periods.

4. AHA and Vitamin-C kick

Cream

If your skin feels tired and shows a fallout from the cold, treating it with Vitamin C will give it back its luster and remove signs of fatigue. In the winter, before the sun gets too strong, opt for a facial with alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA).

5. Moisturization is crucial

Moisturize

While the temperature may vary from city to city, dry air is a common thread, which leaves the skin feeling parched. Use a thick cream enriched with ingredients such as Soya protein, sunflower oil, skin lipids and glycerin that gently moisturize rough and stretchy skin and maintain the skin hydration balance. These nutrients act on dullness and leave the skin soft and supple.

6. Don't forget the sun

Sunscreen

It's essential to use a moisturizer that contains a good sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Creams with pro-vitamin B3 can also help reduce damage or dark spots that are caused due to sun exposure.

7. Drink and hydrate

Drinking water

Drink lots of water. In summer, we feel thirsty and our body reminds us that we need water, but that is not the case with winter. Hence, it is even more important to drink water constantly to avoid dehydration. Water helps flush out toxins and maintain an overall healthy metabolism.

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