Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tips For Winter Skin Care

How can I survive winter skin?
By Dr. Desai

Many suffer from the harsh conditions of winter. Spending time outside in blistery cold temperatures and frigid wind can wreak havoc on your skin.  And, when you come indoors the coldest parts of your body, hands and feet become red and itchy. Remaining indoors in a heated home can also cause damaging results since the air is dry.  And, if you have eczema or psoriasis it gets worse. We may wash our hands more often due to risk of colds and flu during the winter, as a result dryer skin.  Don’t fret, there is hope. Following these simple tips can dramatically improve your dry skin condition during those cold weather months:

1)      Avoid moisture stripping facial or personal care products such as chemical astringents, alcohol containing lotions or facial masks.

2)      Avoid hot tubs and saunas. 

3)      Use a humidifier to keep your house and skin hydrated.

4)      Hydrate from the inside by drinking adequate water while minimizing consumption of alcohol or caffeinated beverages.

5)      Use personal care products that have natural ingredients or oils such as avocado oil, olive oil, camellia seed oil or almond oil.

6)      For dry cracked heels, wash with warm water and sea salts removing dead skin.  Followed by Vaseline or your favorite natural foot cream.

7)      Apply avocado oil, camellia seed oil or your favorite natural moisturizing cream to your hands and feet at bedtime. Then place a comfortable lightweight pair of socks or gloves on your hands and/or feet.

8)      Use sunscreen – yes, you need it in the winter as well – sunlight and glare reflects off of snow/ice to intensify sun radiation.

9)      Use gentle soaps such as goat’s milk soap instead of soaps containing chemical detergents which can strip your skin of its natural oils.

10)   Exercise often to maintain proper circulation and stay in shape.  In other words, staying physically active will help your skin radiant.

11)   Dress warm in layered clothing and minimize prolonged exposure to cold blustery winds.  Cover as much exposed skin as possible.  Cold temperatures will cause any exposed skin to chafe.

12)   Use of skin products containing Retinol A could cause your skin to get too dry and exfoliated in the winter.  Caution is advised while continuing their use in the winter months.

13)   Always consult your physician for additional advice.

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