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The Outside World – Reopening of Cosmetic Procedures

The Outside World – Reopening of Cosmetic Procedures

In February, WHO declared the world to be in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then we have all been experiencing extremely challenging times. Coronavirus has completely changed life as we know it and forced us to lock ourselves in our houses. In these times, all doctors and other medical professionals have proven to be the superheroes by fighting the pandemic at the frontlines. As such the doctors have not been available for anything other than the essential ailments. Patients on the other hand have been unable to step out and get the treatments owing to the lockdown. Even in these testing times, the Doctors have tried their best to adapt and help their patients using ever growing technology, trying to connect and treat as many patients as they can via Zoom video conference. However, it could never be as effective as a physical consultation. But now, thanks to the markets reopening and the governments lifting most restrictions, you don’t have to wait to see your doctors in person, at the clinic.

 

This month, clinics are on their way to welcome their patients back and resume routine. However, it will be well  to remember that things would still be far from normal.  The atmosphere at the clinics would be a lot different than it used to be before lockdown. All the clinics will have to follow government rules and regulations for COVID-19 strictly. Clinics will do their best to sanitise, maintain distance where possible and take extra precautions for health and safety for all. But it’s imperative that you also contribute to make the environment safe. Preventing the virus is necessary for all individuals. In this pandemic situation, one should always be cautious while travelling on public transport. While going to hospitals or visiting a doctor at his/her clinic, one should avoid travelling on public transport and use private vehicle if possible. Public transport can lead to increase in spread of this infectious disease –  as there are millions of people taking public trains and local buses everyday, the infection can spread really fast. So, Private Transport is highly recommended as an extra precaution.

 

How would clinics look like after reopening?

 

Face mask would be mandatory

Wearing a face mask is very important whether it is a clinic or some other place. When someone talks, coughs, sneezes there are chances that germs release in the air and other people nearby can get infected. So, face masks help to prevent the spread of pathogens  and airborne germs. If you are seen without a face mask, clinics may ask you to wear one so as to ensure safety of all.

 

Thermal Screening

When you arrive at the clinic, the first thing that will be done is thermal screening. High body temperature is one of the earliest coronavirus symptoms. A temperature check of the patient is necessary to confirm that the patient is not infected by such a virus. High body temperature may indicate the presence of an illness even if it’s just a regular flu. After the thermal screening, the patient will be asked to wear hand gloves and face mask to take extra precautions.

 

Personal Protective Equipments

Personal Protective equipment can include shoe covers, hand gloves, head covers, gowns, aprons, eye protection, face masks, respirators, goggles, and face shield. When you are asked to go to the treatment room, you will see doctors and nurses wearing PPE kits keeping their full bodies covered. Doctors and Surgeons are encouraged to use full gowns rather than wearing aprons during the treatment of the patient. Especially when aerosol-generating procedures performed on patients, facial protection is must to be worn.

 

Social Distancing

Before you might have seen patients at the clinics sitting close to each other, but now, you will have to maintain social distancing and the distance should be at least 2 meters. Clinics are working hard to maintain social distancing and avoid the spread of the infectious virus. Doctors have reduced patients’ appointments per day so that social distancing can be easily maintained. Patients are pleased to attend the doctor’s meeting on time so that other patients don’t have to wait for their appointment, and social distancing can be maintained. At some clinics, they may have the marking on the floor to stand and sustain social distancing. According to the new guidelines from the United Kingdom government on Social Distancing, people should not gather outside in the group of more than six people. They will have to follow the guidelines of social distancing.

 

Possibly a COVID Test before surgery

Prior to any kind of surgery, be it  major or minor, clinics will have to COVID test the patient. The results if this test are usually expected to be available within 48 hours. If the reports are healthy, then it’s a green signal for doctors to continue with the surgery. Surgery without COVID-19 test will be banned. Doctors are supposed to know the patient’s condition before performing any operation. If you have the symptoms of cough and fever or you are in an environment where your family member is or could be infected by coronavirus, you will ne asked to stay home for 14 days and not come to the clinic until you and/or your relative are symptom-free or until you have a report of negative COVID-19 test.

 

Pre-Appointments Needed

Pre-Appointments are necessary to plan a visit to the doctor. Walk-ins may not be allowed. Approach your chosen clinic well in advance to get an appointment with and the doctor. It will be easier if you have a  flexible schedule because most doctors will be super busy! Most clinics will have the facility of booking an appointment on call or via email before visiting the clinic. With the confirmation of the appointment, you’re supposed to reach the clinic on time so that social distancing can be maintained. Moreover, you should visit them alone and not bring anyone with you to the clinic, so as to avoid over crowding and help prevent the spread.

 

Expect Delays

One should always be prepared for any situation. Especially in the post lockdown period, you may experience delays at the clinic, no matter how minor or major the treatment. It could be because if lengthier consultations or elaborate pre testing. The patients who are there before you may have extra questions or concerns as they also are meeting their doctor after a prolonged time. So, carrying some water and other lite refreshments is highly recommended. Moreover, patients would be discouraged from using the restrooms when visiting the doctors because these can be the infection hubs.  So, be prepared and plan  your visit bearing all of these considerations in your mind.

 

Now you have a fair idea of what all you should plan for before visiting a doctor and what precautions you will have to take. Let’s summarise the essential points: Wearing a Face mask is necessary;You will be thermally screened and might be asked to wear PPE equipment while visiting a doctor; You have to maintain Social Distancing at Clinic; it’s quite likely that a COVID-19 test is required before surgery; Pre-Appointment is needed; Prepare for some delays at the clinic; and lastly, Private Transport should be preferred.

Taking precautions against COVID-19 is extremely important – wash hands regularly with soap or use sanitiser; avoid touching your face unnecessarily; see a doctor if you have symptoms; avoid unnecessary travels.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

Coronavirus: The Smallest Biggest Enemy

Coronavirus: The Smallest Biggest Enemy

Viruses have been around for millions of years, even longer than the humans! In fact, viruses have been instrumental in the evolution of human beings! But just like there is good bacteria and bad bacteria, there are viruses which help cure diseases, and there are viruses which cause diseases. Viruses are extremely intelligent – they keep multiplying inside our bodies and keep evolving fast to face whatever we throw at them. This intelligence is what makes them survive and thrive in all host bodies – whether animals or humans. They  function through us by intertwining their machinery with ours. They share our proteins and we share their weaknesses.

Coronavirus is extremely dangerous and has already caused havoc across the globe. While companies and institutions around the world are racing to find a vaccine, it may take several months before they overcome the scientific, regulatory and production hurdles. Until then, it’s up to all of us to keep ourselves and others safe by helping prevent the spread of the virus. So here’s all you need to know about the virus and how you may be able to help.

What is the novel coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are small viruses named for the spikes on their surface that resemble a crown – corona is derived from the Latin name for a crown. Coronaviruses  are a large family of viruses that can affect humans as well as animals. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold, and others that can be lethal, such as SARS and MERS. The novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The disease caused by novel coronavirus is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

What is the source of this virus?

The source of this fast spreading virus can be traced back to a seafood market in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province of China. It got international attention on December 31 last year, when China alerted WHO to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan. The virus was unknown at that stage. Soon after France confirmed the first case in Europe on 7th January. On January 30, WHO declared the outbreak a global health emergency. WHO gave the virus its name – COVID-19 – on Feb 11 and on 11 March WHO characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic. So far the virus has spread to at least 177 countries and territories, killing more than 14,700 people and infecting more than 340,000 people.

What are the symptoms?

Most cases are mild, but severe cases can be fatal. Common symptoms are:
– Fever
– Cough
– Shortness of breath

Emergency warning signs include:
– Trouble breathing
– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
– New confusion or inability to arouse
– Bluish lips or face

The symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of the virus).

How does the virus spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
– Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
– Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

There is no evidence that suggests that COVID-19 is passed on through food. The main risk of transmission is from close contact with infected people. The advice given before preparing or eating food is to always wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety.

Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?

Broadly, there are four risk groups who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19:
1. People over-70s, regardless of any medical conditions.
2. Under-70s who have an underlying health condition.
3. Pregnant women.
4. People with complex health problems – this group includes people who:

The fourth group are at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

What are the underlying health conditions?

The underlying health conditions are:
– Long-term respiratory or lung disease, like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
– Long-term heart disease, like heart failure.
– Long-term kidney disease.
– Long-term liver disease, like hepatitis.
– Diabetes.
– Long-term neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy, or a learning disability.
– Problems with their spleen like sickle cell anaemia, or have had their spleen removed.
– A weakened immune system, either as a result of a medical condition like HIV or AIDS, or as a result of medications like corticosteroids or chemotherapy.
– A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above (being severely obese).

What are the complex health problems?

People with complex health problems:
– Have had an organ transplant and take medication to suppress their immune system.
– Have cancer and are currently having active chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment.
– Have blood or bone marrow cancer (like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) and are at any stage of treatment.
– Have severe respiratory/lung conditions like cystic fibrosis or severe asthma that requires admission to hospital or treatment with corticosteroids.
– Have severe diseases of the body systems, like severe kidney disease that is managed with regular dialysis.

What should I do now?

1. Stay at home

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

Stay home if you are sick. Keep away from people who are sick. Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet). Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Continue practicing everyday preventive actions. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.

And remember, as per latest Government guidelines, you should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
– shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
– one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
– any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
– travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

2. Boost your immunity

It’s important to take precautions to reduce exposure and transmission. Here, are six simple ways you can boost your immunity and fortify yourself against the infection:
– Consume mostly organic, plant based food. They help keep the blood sugar levels within healthy range.
– Include basil and turmeric in your diet. These herbs are renowned for their anti viral properties.
– Take some Astralagus root and Vitamin C supplements. These are natural immune boosters.
– Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone coughing or sneezing.
– Regularly wash your hands and moisturise, every time you touch communal surfaces or after being in a public place.
– Get a healthy dose of Vitamin D in its natural form – sunlight.

3. Manage stress

Stay in touch with others by phone or email. If you have a chronic medical condition and live alone, ask family, friends, and health care providers to check on you during an outbreak. Stay in touch with family and friends, especially those at increased risk of developing severe illness, such as older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions. At this time, taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress and build confidence.

WHO recommends the following things to support yourself:
– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
– Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
– Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
– Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

4. What if I need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:
– for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
– for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
– for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

What’s the treatment for coronavirus?

There is currently neither a vaccine against COVID-19 nor any specific, proven, antiviral medication. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Therefore most treatments are directed towards managing symptoms while the body fights the illness. You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.

There are a lot of efforts being made currently to develop a vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The vaccine would contain a harmless genetic code copied from the virus that causes the disease. Efforts are still in an early stage and it will still take several months to know if the vaccine will work.

Lift up your Boobs in 5 easy ways

Lift up your Boobs in 5 easy ways

Breasts say you are a woman, like nothing else does! It’s every girl’s and every woman’s primal desire to have sexy, perky boobs. But, our lifestyle habits and age can easily take a toll on our breasts. As breasts are primarily just tissue and muscles, they need all the ‘support’ and TLC you can give them. Surgery isn’t the only thing that can give you perky breasts. Here are some simple ways that will help you have ‘perkier’ breasts.

Correct posture

We can’t emphasise enough the importance of correct posture – shoulders back, chest out, abdomen in, chin parallel to the floor. When you maintain an upright posture, your breathing is more effective, your spinal alignment stays intact, and…your breasts stand out in their full glory! You can easily make them appear fuller and perkier, by simply adopting a good posture.

Weight lift for breast lift

Short of a surgery, a one of the best ways to lift your breasts is by doing pectoral exercises. Strengthening your under-breast muscle will kind of pump up your breasts to make them appear fuller and perkier naturally. All you will need for these boobercises is a pair of dumbbells. If you have never lifted weights before, please make sure to start lighter, say 1kg each, and gradually move to heavier ones. Remember to never over do things. Here are a few easy lift exercises you could try:

PushUp: Start on all fours, your palms slightly wider than your shoulders, feet close together. Your body should form a straight line from head to toe.  Lower down until your chest almost touches the floor. Keep your upper arms at a 45-degree angle to your torso. Pause, then push back to the starting position. Do 10 push-ups and rest 90 seconds before moving on to the next exercise.

Dumbbell Press: Lie face up on a flat, firm surface, with your arms straight in front of you, a dumbbell in each hand. Lower the dumbbells until they’re close to the sides of your chest, then press them back up to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do 10 reps, then go to move 2 without rest.

Dumbbell Fly: Lie face up on a flat, firm surface, with your feet flat on the floor. Hold a pair of dumbbells above your shoulders with your elbows slightly bent. Keeping the slight bend in your elbows, lower the weights until your elbows are even with your chest.  Keep the same bend in your elbows as you press the weights back up. Perform 10 reps. Rest 90 seconds.

Yoga

Yoga is not just a weight loss tool. It is in fact a wholesome health and wellness system. There are many Yoga poses which you can try to firm up your breasts naturally. An improvement in your overall fitness and body shape can be a welcome side effect of these easy poses. Start with Surya Namaskar, a full body workout to tone and energise yourself. Once you get into a daily routine of practicing this set of asanas for a week, you can move on to adding targeted poses for your breasts.

Four most beneficial poses for your breasts are Bhujangasana (cobra pose), Vrikshasana (tree pose),

Dhanurasana (bow pose) and Virabhadrasana (warrior pose). Another exercise which you are familiar with and is all the rage currently, is a Plank pose. Planking will strengthen your core, tone your upper arms and firm up the pectoral muscles.

Lift-up bra

There are many lifting bras you can chose from, like Wonderbra, that can give you a fuller, perkier appearance under clothing. But the only way to enhance the look of your breasts, would be to do pectoral exercises. Although this won’t change the breasts themselves, these exercises can help develop the muscle underneath, which might make them look ‘perkier.'”

Collagen rich food

Often when breasts sag, the skin around them starts to appear papery and wrinkly, making them look much older. By consuming collagen rich foods, you can not only improve the skin, but you can improve the tone of the breasts themselves! Collagen combines the amino acids, which are the building blocks of all our muscles. Collagen foods are also rich in vitamin C, which further enhances the process of the essential nutrient absorption in our bodies. It’s best to get your collagen from food sources, like fish, tomatoes, red bell peppers, berries, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, etc.

You can also try applying collagen rich creams topically, directly onto your breasts, to further improve their appearance. Please try to use only natural products, which use ethically sourced ingredients, for better results.

You can fight against gravity with the above hacks. But remember, if you’re looking for something longer lasting, you’ll have to consider changing your diet, exercise routine, and maybe even consider surgery.

A Reality Check on Medical Tourism

A Reality Check on Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon. According to ISAPS (The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) close to 1.5 million foreigners travelled to counties such as Thailand, Mexico, Colombia and Turkey in 2016 to undergo cosmetic procedures. For those seeking cosmetic treatments, jetting off to sunnier climes to undergo procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty and liposuction, often at cheaper prices, can seem all too tempting. Cheaper pricing, the surgery you want and a tan? It all sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, more often than not, it may well be!

Recently a story of a Scottish model, who had cut-price cosmetic procedure in Turkish clinic endorsed by stars, is doing the rounds. The model paid £3,000 for accommodation, food and procedures — including laser liposuction on her stomach. But within days she started experiencing pain in her abdomen. She admits that while at the time it seemed like a great idea and the cost was affordable, going to Turkey was a big mistake.

Unfortunately, this is not a solitary instance of ‘medical tourism’ going wrong. According to a report by The Mirror at least 1000 British women come back every year with botched cosmetic surgeries – a hole in the skin, wounds that will not heal or disfigured surgery site – being given just a pain killer or antiseptic despite making complaints. According to the report more than £30 million has been spent by the NHS on corrective procedures following cosmetic surgeries abroad.

A recent poll of BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) members revealed that 80% of their member surgeons witnessed an alarming increase in requests from patients to correct failed cosmetic procedures during the last five years. One of the major reasons cited for this increase – the rise of ‘cosmetic medical tourism’ deals offering all–inclusive package holidays and the promise a high-quality service at heavily discounted rates. However, these promotions conveniently gloss over the increased risk of complications post-surgery due to travel, less robust regulations and credentialing, as well as a lack of consistent follow up.

We at NowMe strongly recommend finding a Plastic Surgeon who has a FRCS (Plast) or FRCS qualification and is on the GMC (General Medical Council of UK) specialist register for plastic surgery. This ascertains that your cosmetic surgeon has received six years of training in plastic surgery on top of their general medical training. We also recommend that you make sure your surgery will be carried out at a CQC (The Care Quality Commission of UK) registered medical facility. And if you still get tempted to have cheap surgery abroad, please consider the following:

  1. Post Treatment Complications: No procedure is risk free and it’s important that you consider that there is always a chance of complications arising. When you see a surgeon in the UK your treatment includes aftercare and face-to-face consultations post procedure with the specialist who operated on you. This means that your recovery is monitored – any issues can be treated and any concerns can be reassured. By contrast, if your clinic is overseas then it’s highly unlikely you will see your surgeon again. Some clinics will have a rep here in the UK you can consult, but often this is a nurse, not a specialist, who knows nothing about your personal surgery. Bear in mind that cosmetic treatments are not a quick fix and the recovery process can take months.

2. Differentiated Regulations: It is critical to ensure your surgeon is adequately qualified, trained and experienced in performing the procedure you are considering. Equally vital is to ensure they operate out of a certified clinic or hospital. However, different countries use different quality and safety standards, so it can be difficult to navigate and ensure your surgeon’s credentials and their facility’s adequacy. Remember photos can be misleading, if a clinic abroad sends you glossy images of their facilities there is no guarantee that you will find the same visual on arrival.

3. Costs Can Escalate: The low cost of surgery abroad is often the key factor in the decision to fly for a treatment. However, whilst the initial procedure may be cheaper, you need to bear in mind that, should something go wrong, the costs could shoot up! If you have a complication and need to fly back for corrective surgery you’ll be blowing your budget in no time. Flights, hotel stay and further consultations – the money can easily mount. Whilst the NHS will treat any severe health complications you experience for free here in the UK, they won’t fix or correct cosmetic mistakes or issues. Often those who experience complications will have to pay for a UK based surgeon to fix the problems, meaning you end up paying twice.

4. Travelling Could Increase Risk: When you undergo an operation your body can be at an increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (commonly known as a blood clot). Flying too soon after an operation can heighten this risk, further putting you in significant danger, as these clots can move around the body and can be life threatening. If you are undergoing major surgery then the doctors usually advise to wait at least seven days before flying. This is important to bear in mind as often the ‘recovery package’ of these oversees surgeons only includes an overnight stay. Having to move to a hotel nearby with no supervision is daunting when you have just undergone surgery. Many patients would rather be in their own homes where they feel safe and secure, ensuring the recovery is smoother and less stressful.

The lure of a low price quick fix surgery can be very strong but taking time to research and carefully evaluate the pros and cons will definitely make you appreciate the merits of going to a good surgeon right here, in the UK. In balance, all things considered, it may even turn out to be more efficient in terms of cost and time spend.

Don’t succumb to the financial incentives and careless promises. Your life is worth far more, so choose wisely. Head out to NowMe.co.uk and find a top GMC registered plastic surgeon near you. We diligence all our practitioner to make sure they have the right qualifications, certifications and experience. It’s our top priority to provide you a safe and secured environment to find everything about the treatment you desire and the right practitioner for you.

Winter is coming! Don’t stop glowing!

Winter is coming! Don’t stop glowing!

Wintry weather can really take a toll on your skin. Many people suffer from dry, cracked, even bleeding skin during the cold winter months. However, it doesn’t have to be a fact of life. Proper winter skin care can help you overcome the effects of cold air, low humidity and harsh winds that often accompany the season and wreak havoc on your skin.Take control of your skin this season with these essential winter skin care tips, which are not only easy, but can be rather enjoyable.

During winters it is essential to keep your skin supple and moist. You may not feel thirsty as much as you do in summers, but you must drink lots of water. As fruits and vegetables contain lot of water and vitamins that are good for skin, you should eat them in plenty as well – make sure to get your five a day! To make your skin look bright you can apply coconut oil or olive oil to your skin before you go for a bath. 

Here Some winter skin care tips which can assure you of a radiant glow : 

  1. Get a facial skin treatment. Getting a facial is a great way to clear out your skin from any deep seated dirt and impurities that you may have. Our skin changes as the climate does so it is very important to prepare your skin to help ease the seasonal transition. In addition to that, starting with a clean face allows your winter skin care routine to be more effective.

2. Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol: Drinking coffee and alcohol in winter is not conducive to good health.  They tend to dehydrate the body and  loss of water body may cause your skin to dry out and get chapped. 

3. Stay hydrated: During winters, drinking lots of water may not be our top priority unlike during summer wherein drinking lots of water is a no brainer. Unknown to many, we get more dehydrated during the winter season so it’s more important to stay well hydrated. And of course drinking lots of water can help clear out our skin and make it dewy. So do prioritise your hydration needs.

4. Indoor humidifiers: Indoor humidifiers or bowls of water keep the atmosphere within a room humid. This prevents your skin from becoming dry and itchy. 

5. Protect your skin from the harsh cold: During winters, we dress up in heavy jackets and layers and layers of clothing to protect our skin from the cold. Unfortunately, most of us neglect our facial skin when it should not be any different from the rest of our body. Make sure you use a heavier moisturiser during the winter season to prevent your skin from getting dry. Our skin, specifically our facial skin, gets more sensitive during winters so it is very important to have an extra layer of protection.

6. Avoid soaps: If you use soap, your skin may become dry due to their alkaline base. Try using  moisturising cleansers instead, which keep the skin soft and supple. Glycerin-based soaps are very good for winter season. 

7. Continue wearing your sunscreen: Just because it is cold does not exactly mean that the sun’s harmful UV rays are on break. Wearing sunscreen is still a must during the winter season. Always remember to put on your sunscreen 30 minutes before stepping outside.

8. Use oil based moisturiser: Oil-based moisturisers can protect your skin from moisture loss. It forms a protective coating  on your skin to lock in the moisture, keeping it safe and soft. 

However, your winter skin care regimen should be more extensive, owing to the extreme indoor and outdoor temperatures. You need to do more than the basics if you are going to protect your skin from the elements. The winter skin care advice here will not only help you prepare to nourish, protect and provide for your skin during the coldest time of the year, it can also help you reverse any damage you may have already sustained.

The most effective trick is to up your moisturiser game. In the winter months, switch to a stronger, thicker moisturiser that provides longer lasting comfort and protection. You can even consider OTC dermological-grade creams, such as Eucerin, Aquaphor, Gold Bonds, or Cetaphil. These are advance repair and healing ointments often available at your local pharmacy or supermarket.

When you begin a winter skin care regime, it is important that you follow through and maintain a consistent schedule. Apply your choice of healing ointment every morning and evening (and as needed throughout the day) on all dry and affected areas, as well as, elbows, knees, knuckles, heels, and toes. Try and stick to your routine so as to avoid the problems flaring up again.

For enhancing your skin care and repair, try including the following five in your routine: 

1. Drink potassium rich juices like Coconut Water, which are even more hydrating than plain water.
2. Invest in a good exfoliating cream to remove dead cells and regenerate your skin 
3. Get Plenty of Vitamin D! Your skin tone is brightened and enhanced with a touch of Vitamin D.
4. Add Flax seed oil to your diet. It encourages internal hydration along with providing the essential Omega 3 and 6, as well as a  host of other health benefits.
5. Try dry body and face brushing. It helps improve circulation in the lymph nodes, helping remove toxins, whilst also getting rid of dead skin cells.
 
As with everything, routine and consistency are the key to maintaining good skin health, all year round. Learn to listen to your body, give it ample rest and nutrition as needed and it will reward you with health, beauty and vitality. When you make a habit of skin care, it becomes second nature and doesn’t feel like a chore any more. This way, you can continue looking your best, no matter the place or time. Embrace winters 🙂