Dry Skin Remedies and More Winter Skin Care Tips From an Expert
We all know that cold temperatures and dry conditions in the winter months have effects on the skin that may contribute to premature aging if we don't take precautionary measures. Cold air, harsh wind, reduced humidity, forced dry air from indoor heaters and friction from rough or irritating fabrics all add up to tough conditions for our skin. Here are some dry skin remedies and essential tips for maintaining healthy, radiant skin during the season of frigidity and frost.
Avoid ingredients in beauty products that may be excessively drying, such as alcohol and soap. Moisturize more often with an oil-based or humectant-containing preparation (humectants are a class of substances, including glycerine, sorbitol and alpha-hydroxy acids that attract moisture to your skin). Use non-pore-clogging refined facial oils such as argan, marula or almond oil. Moisturize the whole body, especially hands, which have thin skin and thus may be prone to dryness, itching and cracking. The glare from the sun may still damage skin even in winter, so don’t forget sunscreen.
Use uber-hydrating shampoos and conditioners and deep condition hair weekly with a masque or hot oil treatment. Try to avoid or reduce blow drying and other heat methods, since heat dries out not only the hair but the scalp as well.
It’s important to reduce microdermabrasion and chemical peel frequency to once every 2-3 months. Sleep with a humidifier for added lubrication. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and swallow one-tablespoon olive oil, coconut oil, or flaxseed oil (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) daily. Exfoliate gently (with milk or honey and sugar scrub) to help remove dry dull skin cells. Undergo a Vitaglow (or similar mesotherapy treatment) facial vitamin treatment with hyaluronic acid for extra super-hydrating properties.
Nails are also susceptible to becoming dry and brittle and to cracking in winter. To help keep nails healthy, have polish-free days, keep nails trim, use acetone-free nail polish remover and apply nail serum on a daily basis. Lighten up on makeup by choosing lightweight preparations to prevent clogging pores. Lastly, avoid licking lips and use protective lip balm with sunscreen.
It’s critical to eat proper winter nutrition and include foods that provide vitamins and other ingredients aimed to help boost immunity. Pomegranate is an alkaline fruit that is high in fiber. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish keep skin firm and supple during the dry months. Winter can be tough on your bones because there is less sun and usually less activity and exercise. I suggest eating eggs because of their Vitamin D for bone health. The serotonin in sweet potatoes will help to manage your mood or "winter blues."
Winter may be especially tough on the skin, but you can keep it glowing all year long with our favorite moisturizers--all in the slideshow above.
By Dr. Shirley Madhère
Dr. Shirley Madhère is a plastic surgeon who practices “holistic plastic surgery” in New York City. She is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Surgery at New York Eye, Ear and Throat Infirmary. For more information regarding her practice and for additional tips on beauty and plastic surgery, please visit her website, www.thenewaesthete.com or www.drshirleymadhere.com. For a paperless “visit,” or an e-consult online, go to www.click-lift.com.