Skincare During Winter

The sun during winter is not so harsh. Do I really need to wear sunscreen every day?

Although the amount of UVB, spectrum of sunlight that burns our skin, is less during the winter, the amount of exposure to UVA, responsible for certain allergies and sunlight-induced skin ageing, remains the same. You do need to apply sunscreen during winters as well as on cloudy days.

The SPF mentioned on your sunblock is only a measure of how much UVB protection it offers you. It is prudent for you to generally use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30. But in winter, as UVB is not the main culprit for skin damage, you can opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers protection to your skin against both UVA and UVB.

Moisturising is critical during winter. Could you give us some tips on choosing the right moisturiser?

A good moisturiser should effectively reduce the loss of water through the skin, while restoring the oil barrier. It should be hypoallergenic, non-sensitising, fragrance free and noncomedogenic that doesn’t trigger acne. It should be absorbed fast and provide immediate but sustained hydration while being cosmetically acceptable. There is unfortunately no single ideal moisturiser. Ultimately, it’s a personal choice based on what works best for you.

What are the best ways to prevent winter acne?

Managing acne in people with dry skin is indeed a challenge as many medications used in the treatment worsens dryness. Maintaining the optimal lipid barrier of the skin is critical in treating acne. Cleanse your face with luke-warm water twice a day using a gentle detergent-free and fragrance-free cleanser. Use a non-comedogenic moisturiser and sunscreen to control breakouts.

Dr. Rohini Mathias 

Specialist Dermatologist 

Aster Hospital, Mankhool

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