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Give Your Skin a Happy New Year

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With Christmas bells ringing and snow beginning to cover the mountains, we inevitably enter into festive mode. The extreme winter chill notwithstanding, some of our best parties, outings and getaways are planned for the New Year season. So, as you prepare to bid adieu to the year gone by, also take a few steps to shed your old and tired skin.

Winter season takes quite a toll on our skin. No matter what you do, no matter how much moisturizer you apply, your skin is always thirsty. Just a touch of water and it cries moisture. The chilly winters winds sap away all moisture from our skin; our water intake also goes down in winters, affecting the skin hydration. At the same time winter season also sparks some allergies that can cause dry patches and itchy areas on the skin.

As we pile on cream over cream, our skin also becomes a magnet for all the dirt and pollutants drifting in the air. This can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

So, as you prepare for the New Year eve parties and picnics, here is a list of some skin procedures you need to try to rejuvenate your winter-hit skin:

Dr. Bindu Sthalekar, Cometolosgist & Dermatologist, Mumbai talks about  Hydrating Medi Facials. She says that Visit a dermatologist to seek a medi facial that will suit your skin type and requirements. Medi-facials are not the usual facial massages that are offered in beauty salons and parlors. These are skin treatments offered at clinics under the supervision of skin doctors. Medi facials are special medical facials designed to treat specific skin conditions with their ingredients chosen according to the skins needs. A dermatologist will first examine your skin closely to understand the damage it has suffered and kind of repair it needs. A medi facial may have specifically anti acne properties or deep cleansing properties or anti oxidants to improve skins appearance. For winters, a doctor may suggest deep hydrating elements for dry skin. If your skin has suffered sun damage, the medi facial ingredients will be chosen to treat the same.

The procedure will begin with an aesthetic expert examining your skin and understanding its necessities and then prescribing the required medical ingredients. Medi facials require more than one session and after every session you can see visible improvement in your skin condition. The treatment may involve vitamin or oxygen infusion to rejuvenate the skin and equip it to fight the winter season. A hydrating medi facial will cleanse your skin of dirt and impurities and administer into it nutrients that will ensure deep hydration and moisturisation.

Exfoliating Procedures: Do you know your body sheds skin as a matter of routine? Well, with time the upper layer of our skin cracks under the environmental pressure; the cells composing it die and cloud the upper dermis that is visible. Our skin sheds these dead cells and generate new every few weeks. However, as we age, skins ability to renew itself or the skin-cell turnover slows down. This means dead cells keep clinging to the skin for longer than they should, making the skin appear dull, dry, and lifeless. This also reduces the skins capacity to accept nutrients supplied to it topically. Hence, the importance of exfoliation. Exfoliation promotes the shedding of the skins dull, outer layer and with it the damage suffered by this layer, the fine lines and discoloration that reside there.

Visit a dermatologist this season to seek a good exfoliating treatment. Peels are among the most popular exfoliating and skin rejuvenation treatments. Using a chemical agent, the aesthetic physician will help your skin shed the outer dead layer, in whose place a new layer of skin regenerates. This fresh new layer is free from the environment damage suffered by the outer layer. It is also more receptive to nourishing applicants applied on the skin like moisturizers and vitamin rich creams. Microdermabrasion is another good exfoliating procedure.

Dr. Madhuri Agarwal, Dermatologist, The Skin Clinic, Mumbai talks about Hyaluronic Acid. She says that The skins lower layers contain a compound called hyaluronic acid (HA) that helps give the skin its vitality and flexibility. It also gives skin the ability to absorb and retain water to keep itself hydrated and nourished. As we age, the skin loses its natural reserves of hyaluronic acid, resulting in dullness, loss of volume and radiance as well as fine lines. Juvederm Refine, one of the best hyaluronic acid based products, replenishes the skins lost reserves of HA. It is administered directly into the epidermis using microinjections in a quick and painless procedure. The result is improved vitality, more radiance and glow and deeper hydration of the skin in a natural way

Give Up Bad Habits

Excessive smoking, drinking and too much indulgence of fast food are habits you should say no to this New Year. Smoking causes the breakdown of the skin, accelerating the process of skin ageing. Too much alcohol dehydrates the skin as it does to the body. Add a resolution to give up bad habits among your list of New Year resolutions this year.

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