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Doctor Naima Arslanagić’s tips: How to nourish the skin during winter and prepare it for skiing

We do not need to take care of our skin only during warm months. It is important to protect it efficiently in the winter, when it is cold, windy, when the air is dry, caused by heating, and UV rays can be damaging. The result is dry, rough, wrinkled and irritated skin, followed by a subjective feeling of itching.

To avoid this, you need an extra and proper care that will make it moist, soft, and smooth enough.

The first, but not the most important, is an adequate hydration of the skin. You will compensate the moisture by applying cream that is not only based on moisturizing substances, but also contains the essential oils. Lard in the creams make a film on the skin and do not allow water loss.

It is recommended to apply the hydration preparations several times a day, especially after washing the face, showering, and before going out.

The winter sun, combined with reflection from the snow, also drains and damages the skin. This is why it is very important in these months, especially if you often visit the mountains, where you are skiing or practicing recreational walking, continue to use a protective factor, at least 15, which protects against UVA and UVB radiation.

The lips are extremely sensitive to cold, and the result is dry and cracked skin. So massage them with balsam several times a day. In the evening, before bedtime, it is desirable to apply a thicker layer of panthenol ointment in order to maintain their moisture and tenderness.

The skin on the hands is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the body, it has fewer sebaceous glands, and it is prone to drying, cracking and the occurrence of eczema in the winter. Therefore, be sure to put the gloves on when going out. Nourish them with glycerol and linoleic acid rich preparations.

When taking a shower use lukewarm water, avoid long lasting and warm baths that dehydrate the skin and remove natural fats from the surface. Avoid strong, antibacterial soaps that further degrade the skin. Apply hydrating creams and emollients (moisturizers) immediately after showering.

If the skin is excessively damaged, wrinkled, with dark pigments, go to a dermatologist who will do peeling and mesotherapy. These treatments will make it younger, cleaner, richer in collagen and elastin, and without pigmentation. Scrub will remove dead cells from the skin surface and allow better penetration of nutritious creams. Remember that peeling and mesotherapy should be done at least once a week.

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