(IANSlife) Winter blues are enough to get your mood down, the last thing you need is the annoying feeling of dry skin. While one can’t help sit in front of the heater or keep the radiators on, this is a cause for your skin dehydrating.

IANSlife spoke Dr. Sangeeta Velaskar, Director- Medical and R&D at Kaya Limited to find out why and how we can deal with this common ailment.

How does the cold weather can affect your skin?

Velaskar: Cold weather has a drying effect on the skin, as it draws the moisture away. This results in dry flaky skin, cracked heels and elbows, and aggravation of eczemas.

The use of a good moisturizer to compensate for the loss of moisture helps in maintaining the suppleness of the skin and helps in preventing the aggravation of eczemas.

Tough skin around the elbow and soles of feet require specific and intense hydration with mild exfoliation to slough off the dry dead cells with the skin around the elbows and feet looking and feeling softer and smoother.

Share some tips on how to keep your skin soft this season.

Velaskar: Following a skincare regime that complements your skin type help maintain a softer skin during the harsh winter months. Your skincare regime should include the use of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Why is exfoliation important in winter?

Velaskar: Winter is associated with low humidity and dry winds which cause the skin to become dry and dull. A hydrating exfoliant removes the dead cells and hydrates the skin simultaneously, leaving the skin looking fresh and rejuvenated.

Kaya offers a host of products to deal with dry skin. Some of our picks include the Creamy Exfoliating Rinse which is a luxurious cleanser, enriched with botanical extracts of Purple Orchid and Japanese Cherry. It gently polishes your skin by removing dead skin cells, leaving it luminous, fresh, soft and smooth. The Intense Hydration Body has an Intense Moisture Lock Formula which keeps the skin hydrated for 24 hours without re-application and is instantly absorbed into the skin.

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