You Can Still Have Smooth Skin in Winter

October 22, 2018

With cooling temperatures comes respite from the heat in the south and dread of the snow up north. We start to put away the shorts and bathing suits and break out the sweaters and boots. The cooler air brings the anticipation of the holidays as well as distress over dealing with another season of dry, itchy skin. Contrary to popular belief, it is the heat from what ever heating source we use, not the cold air, that causes our skin to dry out. The dryness is inevitable, but there are ways that you can make the matter less bothersome.

  1. Dermatologist.  Every person’s skin and condition is unique. A visit to a dermatologist can help you understand your specific problem and identify what products will work best for you.
  2. Sunscreen.  Don’t pack away the sunscreen with your shorts and swim suit. The winter sun can be very damaging to your skin.
  3. Humidifier.  Because the heat dries the air inside your home so much, use a humidifier to put some moisture back into the indoor space.
  4. Showers/Baths.  Fight the urge to take a steaming hot bath or shower; instead, use luke-warm water for your bathing needs. If you are taking a bath, be sure to add oatmeal, baking soda or essential oils to the water. Whether you’ve opted for a bath or a shower, be sure to thoroughly moisturize immediately afterwards.
  5. Moisturize.  Using a moisturizer during the winter months is just as important as during the summer. Remember, though, the same oils and creams you used during the summer months may not have the same effect during the colder months. Instead of a water-based product, you might have better luck with a heavier oil-based product. This is where seeing a professional comes in handy. They can provide you with the necessary information and save you the time and trouble of trial and error.
  6. Exfoliate.  Take the time to exfoliate your skin, especially your hands, feet.  Doing so will help the moisturizer soak into the skin in these areas.

Food and Drink

Science is showing that simply drinking a lot of water will not cure or even help a dry skin condition. Dry skin, according to scientists, is an external condition and is best treated outside of the body. That being said, proper hydration (coffee, tea and soda do not count) is important year-round to regulate your body’s systems. The same goes for foods. Giving up the greasy foods in favor of those high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 helps the hydration process. Vitamins A, B and E can help the body promote collagen and skin elasticity. Beta-carotene helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

The bottom line is that what you eat and drink may not cure your dry skin condition, but making healthy food and beverage choices make a healthier body. A healthier body will make a healthier happier you.