Please share a bit about your experience as a clinical cosmetologist and your passion for skincare, especially in the context of winter skincare routines?
As an acne warrior and a clinical cosmetologist, I have come to understand the significance of caring for our skin barrier to achieve healthy-looking skin. This involves using a good hydrating serum and a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Personally, I adhere to the belief of prioritizing hydration over excessive exfoliation

How does the winter season affects our skin, and what are the common challenges people face during this time?
During winter, I often find myself dealing with dry to very dry skin, which can result in irritation, redness, and even flaking of the skin.

Why is moisturising particularly important in the winter, and are there specific ingredients or types of moisturisers you recommend for colder months?
Using a moisturiser provides your skin with hydration and smoothness. Opting for moisturisers containing ingredients such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides has proven to be very effective in keeping your skin free from dryness and flakiness.

What are some practical tips for those dealing with excessively dry skin during the winter, and how can they choose the right products?
I personally avoid going overboard with skincare products and stick to a simple 3-4 step routine, incorporating a gentle, non-foaming cleanser, a moisturizer, and SPF. I’m cautious not to excessively exfoliate my skin, as it can lead to issues like acne and inflammation.

Some people might think sunscreen is only necessary in the summer. Could you clarify the importance of sunscreen during the winter months and recommend a suitable SPF?
I prioritise using sunscreen every day, irrespective of the season—be it rainy, winter, or summer. Even in winter, when the sun rays might not feel as warm or intense on my skin, I understand that without sunscreen, UV rays can still accelerate the breakdown of my skin cells, potentially leading to photo aging.

Individuals with sensitive skin often find winter conditions challenging. What are some gentle skincare practices or products you recommend for them?
It’s worth considering the Moiz cleansing lotion, particularly beneficial for sensitive dry skin. Additionally, you might want to include the Oryza moisturizer in your routine. This moisturizer helps in hydrating your skin barrier, thanks to its ceramidecontent.

Lips and hands are often the most exposed areas to harsh winter conditions. What are your suggestions for keeping lips and hands moisturised and healthy?
During winters, it’s easy to overlook taking care of our bodies. I recommend using a vitamin E-based body lotion to keep your hands and legs moisturised. For your lips, consider using Chaptex or Sebamed SPF lip balm.

How does hydration from within impact skin health, and what are your recommendations for maintaining good hydration levels during winter?
Ensuring the body receives an adequate amount of water does contribute to skin hydration. Additionally, incorporating coconut water and raw fruit juices without refined sugar into your diet offers numerous health benefits and helps maintain the body’s hydration levels.

Are there specific skin issues that tend to arise more frequently in the winter, and how can people address them effectively?
From my observations, individuals dealing with eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and dry skin seem to experience more challenges during winter due to increased inflammation and irritation. Therefore, my advice is to refrain from exfoliating the skin at all during this season and instead prioritise hydration through the use of moisturisers and protection with SPF.

Should individuals consider altering their skincare routines during the winter, and if so, what adjustments do you recommend?
I’ve found it beneficial to transition from a foaming cleanser to a gentle one. Using a thick, non-comedogenic moisturizer has also worked well for me. I’ve reduced the frequency of exfoliation, and I avoid washing my face more than twice a day.

What makeup products should be avoided during winter?
Avoid alcohol-based toners, as well as soaps, which can excessively dry out the skin. Opt for liquid foundations over powder-based ones.

For those seeking professional skincare treatments during the winter, are there specific procedures or therapies that you find beneficial for this season?
I’ve found that indulging in hydrating in-clinic facials such as Hydra facial, Perfectio infused with hyaluronic acid, and using hydrating face masks is particularly beneficial during winter.

While professional skincare products are important, many people also turn to home remedies. Could you share some effective and safe home remedies for combating common winter skin issues, such as dryness or irritation?
I recommend using two safe ingredients in a face mask, such as:-

  1. Full-fat yogurt with cooled chamomile/green tea.
  2. A mixture of milk, yogurt, and honey. These combinations help soothe irritation and provide hydration to the skin.