Cold weather, dry air and low humidity levels cause skin woes during winters. Without proper care winter can make skin concerns worse. Therefore, we consulted skin expert Dr. Mrunal Shah Modi who gave us insights on how to care for skin in winter so it looks soft and glowing. Here’s what she had to say...

Do thicker creams moisturise the skin better?
 

Do thicker creams moisturise the skin better?

“Thicker creams moisturise the skin better is actually a myth because it all depends on your skin type. If you have extremely dry skin, thick moisturisers help in locking the moisture. However, if you have normal skin type then a lightweight moisturiser is enough. Those with oily skin need a light, water based formula to keep their skin hydrated.”

I have oily skin, do I still need a moisturiser?
 

I have oily skin, do I still need a moisturiser?

“A lot of people feel that oily skin does not require external moisturising, which is not true. Skin which is not moisturised regularly gets dry, damaged and you will notice signs of premature aging. Those with acne prone skin should also use a moisturiser because it tends to release the sebum with gets collected in pores.”

Is it okay to exfoliate my skin in winter?
 

Is it okay to exfoliate my skin in winter?

“Exfoliating is important even during winter because it removes dry and dead skin. Use can use beads, salts, sugar, scrub or sponge for exfoliation. Do it throughout the year to get rid of dead skin and tan.”

Winter super foods that will keep skin hydrated?
 

Winter super foods that will keep skin hydrated?

It is important to maintain a balanced diet throughout the year by including fruits and green leafy vegetables. But during winter you should especially go high on avocado, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot and all types of nuts as they hydrate the skin as well as protect skin from premature aging. Avoid smoking and alcohol as it dries the skin further.