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Why does the skin become dry in winter?

Now that the winters are here, everyone is going to suffer from this problem- dry skin. While some people have naturally dry skin, others develop dry skin during the winter months. Dry skin is more common in winter months than in summer months due to changes in temperature and humidity which can irritate the skin. It affects many people and the severity of the condition varies from individual to individual.

The dryness that occurs during winter is also known as xerosis. The outermost layer of the skin called the epidermis is the skin barrier. This skin barrier is a combination of lipids (commonly known as fats) and dead skin cells. As how a barrier should function, it serves to protect our body and prevents any toxin or irritant from entering our bodies. But when this barrier gets damaged that is when the skin appears dry and irritated.

Moisture is very important for the skin barrier to be doing its work. During winter the air becomes cold, and people turn on their indoor heating high, plus low humidity levels suck the moisture right out of your skin. Not just that, cold harsh winds, and taking hot water baths can also lead to damage and dryness of the skin.

The most common signs of dry skin in winter include:

  1. Flaky skin
  2. Redness
  3. Rough patches
  4. Rough texture
  5. Itchiness
  6. Cracks on skin
  7. Stinging

Dry winter skin is something that is unavoidable. But making some changes in your skincare routine and habits will definitely help in getting smooth soft skin. Dry and damaged skin needs moisture to repair itself. Using a moisturizer is the best way to rehydrate the skin. Especially moisturizers that contain linoleic, linolenic, and lauric acids can help smooth rough and dry skin.

Here are some tips to take care of dry skin during winter:

  • Moisturizing after bath

Taking a hot bath in winter strips the natural oils from the skin which prevents the skin from getting dry. Therefore, it is important to apply a moisturizer right after taking a bath to rehydrate the skin and prevent it from getting dry. 

  • Drink lots of water

Using a topical moisturizer is good but it is also very important to take care of your skin internally. Drinking the required amount of water is also important to keep your skin hydrated.

  • Sunscreen

A lot of people neglect wearing sunscreen just because it’s winter and cloudy. Just because they feel there is no sun, the UV rays can penetrate through clouds and fog and still damage the skin barrier. Therefore it is necessary to apply sunscreen every single day. 

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Benefits of Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a simple procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the topmost layers. What it does is remove the topmost layer of the skin, and the new layer of skin that grows is brighter and smoother. With a light or medium peel, this can be done more than once to get the desired results.

Chemical peels are used to treat problems like wrinkles, discoloration, and even scars (on the face). Chemical peels are versatile; they can be done as standalone treatments or combined with other procedures like laser facials. There are deeper chemical peels and they offer much more dramatic results but they also require a lot of downtime to recover. Chemical peeling is also known as chemexfoliation or derma peeling. It is generally on the face, neck, or hands. But it is also used in the treatment of hyperpigmentation in the areas like underarms and bikinis. It helps in improving conditions like:

  1. Mild scarring
  2. Sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, and discoloration
  3. Fine lines and wrinkles
  4. Sun damage
  5. Certain types of acne
  6. Rough skin
  7. Scaly patches on the skin
  8. Dull complexion
  9. Melasma due to pregnancy or birth control pills

Depending on the issues that you are facing, you can choose a chemical peel in any one of the three depths

  • Light chemical peel: a light chemical peel is a superficial peel that will remove the outer layer of the skin which is the epidermis. This light peel works on conditions like fine lines, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. One can get a light peel done once every two to five weeks.
  • Medium chemical peel: this peel removes cells from the epidermis as well as a little bit of the dermis. It removes a little bit of the top layers of the dermis. This peel aids in treating wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. 
  • Deep chemical peel: this peel removes cells even deeper in the dermis and is often done in a surgical setup under the administration of anesthesia. It is often used for deep wrinkles, scars, and even precancerous growths. 

What are the risks involved in chemical peeling?

Please consult your dermatologist before proceeding with the chemical peel treatment. In certain types of skin, there is a risk of developing temporary and permanent changes in the color of your skin. For example, people on birth control pills, pregnancy, and a family history of brown discoloration on the face increase the risk of developing pigmentation.

Some of the side effects include redness, scabbing and swelling; depending on how deep the peel is the redness may last from a few hours to a few months.  

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Debunking Skincare Myths

There are so many myths about skincare that people believe in and follow. Nobody stops to see if those are even true. To have clear radiant skin is everyone’s goal but to get there you will need to figure out what information is real and what is not.

A lot of the skincare products that people usually use are either ineffective and some skincare myths can even have bad repercussions. Some of the common skincare myths are as follows:

Myth: not washing your face causes acne

A lot of people are not aware that hygiene is not the cause of acne. Acne happens due to the oils produced by the skin, bacteria, clogged pores, and inflammation. Hormones and stress are the bigger triggers of acne.

Myth: only teenagers get acne

Acne does not just happen to teenagers. It occurs at all ages. Granted, it makes its first appearance during the teen years, but that happens because the body undergoes several changes and these changes in the hormones trigger the production of oils that causes acne.

Myth: eye creams don’t do anything

In fact, an eye cream can have many benefits if it contains the right ingredients required for your skin type. It also depends on your condition, for example, if you are dealing with under eye dark circles and puffiness, then eye creams that contain caffeine as the active ingredient will help reduce the puffiness and dark circles. Other ingredients- like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid will also help combat dark circles and puffiness.

Myth: you don’t need retinol until the age of 50

Retinol is gaining popularity because it works on the production of collagen. It also regulates the production of new skin once the dead skin falls off. It actively treats acne, unclogs pores, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, and works on evening the skin.

Myth: there is no need for sunscreen in winter

People often relate sunscreen with summer and often forget that the sun is all year round. A lack of heat does not necessarily protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. Despite being cloudy or foggy the UV rays of the sun can even penetrate the clouds and damage your skin. That is why it is very important to apply sunscreen every day! The UV rays cause fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation; it rapidly increases the process of aging, and sunscreen protects the skin from it.

Myth: The harder you exfoliate the skin the better

Exfoliating too many times can actually do more harm than good for your skin. Exfoliating once a week is more than sufficient. Giving your skin time to regenerate is also important, that is how one gets a natural glow.

Myth: Laser facials can adversely affect the skin

No, lasers do not harm your skin. They only penetrate 1-4 mm of the skin. They only treat the surface layers of the skin. In fact, the gentle heat from the laser applied to the epidermis stimulates the production of collagen and elastin replacing the old damaged skin cells. This is how laser gives a rejuvenating effect and reduces wrinkles and fine lines, making the skin look plump, soft, and smooth.

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Recommended treatments for Brides to be

The wedding day is one of the biggest days of a girl’s life and being a new married you deserve to glow differently and feel new. Try Avataar to get a new Avataar on your special day. Ditch the salon services and get laser skincare for instant and long-lasting results.

Laser skincare provides technologies that let you obtain critical skin care effects. They’re more effective than your common facials/body treatments, however, these are completely non-invasive (don’t involve injections or blood or cuts) like many other cosmetology treatments. There can be a little recuperation time involved (max 24 hours), but the effects are really well and worth it if desire radiant, youthful, and supple skin.

Must do treatments for the bride to be

Laser Hair Reduction

Go for Laser Hair Reduction treatment to get rid of body hair permanently and avoid the hassle of removing body hair every 2 weeks. Laser Hair Reduction is a painless treatment unlike waxing and takes almost equal time as other hair removal methods. Flaunt your smooth skin in every outfit and look confident in your wedding album.

Body Polishing

Take Body Polishing treatments for shiny moisturized skin. Our Diamond Skin Polishing uses refined crystals on the surface of the skin at high velocities to exfoliate dead skin cells and improves blood flow. This promotes cell regeneration which gives more youthful and glowing skin! 

Laser Facial

Laser facial includes using concentrated light from different resources to give you a medical-grade facial. It yields much better results than a salon facial. L It penetrates deeply to get to the root of the skin problem to get rid of it, giving you deeply rejuvenated skin that a salon facial cannot. Laser facials have been used to treat several skin problems (like dark spots, pigmentation, acne, etc.) for a very long time. Laser facials are extremely safe and generate permanent results.

Bikini Rejuvenation

With our Bikini Rejuvenation treatments, you can get a clean, smooth, whitened, and younger bikini and labia area. Avataar offers a combination of lasers and peels which are 100% safe and act on the topmost layer of the skin giving you a cleaner and whiter look without causing any harm to the sensitive skin down there.

Under Arm Rejuvenation

Similar to bikini rejuvenation, we offer treatments to reduce pigmentation in the axilla region. Get clean and smooth armpits with 100% safety and satisfaction in the comfort of your home.