The dermat-approved skincare guide for your trip to the mountains

Preparation tips by: Rachit Agarwal

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There is nothing like a trip to the mountains: the people, the food and the tranquil breath of fresh air. Away from the city lights, however, your regular skincare routine might just fall short when the winter sun is out.

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Skincare must-haves in the mountains

When you are in higher altitudes, the temperature is low, there is less oxygen in the atmosphere, and the surroundings are dry, making it the perfect recipe for skin damage.

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A mild cleanser

It keeps your skin from drying out too much and aids in locking in moisture. When you get up in the morning, you can forego the cleanser because your skin did not become dirty during the course of the night.

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A toner can act as an extra layer of hydration for the skin, so if you are fond of toners, then a hydrating toner can be beneficial.

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When your skin feels parched, a hydrating moisturiser is crucial. In the mountains, a thick moisturiser is also recommended.For intense hydration, a moisturiser containing oils, vitamin E, ceramides, shea butter, urea, or squalene is best.

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And a lip balm with SPF 30, is ideal to protect you from dry, cracked, or chapped lips.

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Harsh soaps

Your skin rapidly loses moisture in the mountains due to the cold and dry air. Avoid using harsh soaps because they may alter the pH levels and strip your skin of its natural oils, dehydrating it

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For nourished and hydrated skin, mild, soap-free cleansers enriched with vitamins are a better choice

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Alcohol-based toners

o remove excess dirt, it is best to use a toner after cleansing and before moisturising. Toners with alcohol in them, however, might dehydrate your skin.

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Exfoliators

When you scrub and remove dead cells from the skin, the skin loses more water and becomes more sensitive to the sun or topical irritants. Secondly, you may end up over-exfoliating, compromising the barrier layer of the skin, and making the skin more sensitive

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Active ingredients

If you use active ingredients like acids and retinoids all year long, you can use them less frequently or in smaller doses in the mountains to prevent excessive dryness and peeling

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Dr Bijlani recommends trying the sandwich method, wherein you use the moisturiser first, then apply the active ingredient, and then top it with a moisturiser.This technique is helpful to protect your skin from over-drying and peeling caused by those active ingredients.

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

A hydration support formula with ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid. Recommended by Dr Jaishree Sharad.

Dermatologists recommend

Best for oily, combination, dry, and normal skin.

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Shangpree S-energy Cleansing Gel

This gentle, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory cleanser is formulated without parabens, artificial fragrances or colours. Recommended by Dr Harshana Bijlani.

Best for oily, combination, dry, and sensitive skin.

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Sesderma C-Vit Liposomal Serum

Made to help with collagen production and skin elasticity, with antioxidants and a boost of hydration. Recommended by Dr Jaishree Sharad. Best for normal skin.

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Coola Sun Silk Drops SPF 30

This lightweight sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Can be used solo or with a moisturiser or a foundation. Recommended by Dr Harshana Bijlani.

Best for oily, combination, and dry skin.

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