March 14, 2013

Winter Relief from Dry skin

Chances are your Skin is Suffering in the Winter

Whether you're outdoors or indoors during the winter, chances are that your skin is suffering during the coldest months of the year.
In winter, the atmosphere loses moisture, and the climate strips our skin of the layer of oils, cells and lipids that normally shield us. Outside we face low humidity and wind, inside dry heat doesn't help.

Certain Products can Contribute to Dry Skin

Even products we use can aggravate existing problems. Antibacterial cleansers, fragrances and even some sunscreens can dry skin. The trick, then, is to preserve and boost your skin's natural moisture without sacrificing sun protection.
Even if you have oily skin, liquid and antibacterial soap can be replaced with a mild soap with skin cream (like Dove), or glycerin soaps like Neutrogena.
A lukewarm shower causes less lost skin moisture than a hot one.  The moisture can be replaced with a thick body lotion, applied when your skin is still damp.  Some dermatologists recommend a "shielding" lotion, like SkinCareMD, which creates a barrier between your skin and the elements.  A cream formula with mineral oil, coconut oil or other emolient also works.
Because most sunscreens are inherently drying, find a winter moisturizer that contains an SPF of at least 15.

Drink Plenty of Water

Finally, don't forget to drink!  Water, that is.  At least eight glasses of water per day keeps cells hydrated and helps skin regenerate, resulting in happy, healthy winter skin, inside and out.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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