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  • Skin in need of some TLC?

    Have you ever put an uncovered frosted cake in the fridge? The next time you want to take a soft, delectable bite, you may find the frosting is hard and crumbly. The same can happen to your skin in the winter months if you don’t care for it properly. Much like the fridge, winter is cold and dry. The lack of humidity can make skin rough, dull and flaky. Fine cracks are more pronounced, lips get chapped, and itching can keep you up at night. Moreover, scratching can produce red, thickened, sensitive areas. Small cracks occur when the Stratum Corneum dries out and shrinks, which can then allow penetration of irritating substances and germs – leading to sensitivity. All of these are symptoms of dry skin.

    Luckily, they can be reversed with proper care. When the Stratum Corneum loses its ability to provide a shield against the elements and prevent water loss, it is imperative to replenish the lipids and avoid triggers that lead to dehydration. A hot shower sounds great in the middle of winter, but it can actually dry out your skin. Washing your hands often can prevent colds, but it can leave your hands red and chapped. This winter, avoid “winter skin” by getting your skin care regimen in gear. Depending on your skin type, moisturize with humectants (Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid) and emollients (Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil). Warm water, gentle cleansers, heavier moisturizers and staying hydrated can give your skin the extra TLC needed to alleviate dry skin and prevent sensitivity.

    2 Comments

    • Marla Bosworth Says:

      Hot showers are so tempting – especially during these frigid New England winters!

      I also find (in addition to what you recommended) that drinking plenty of water, taking my Omega 3 fish oils and cutting back on caffeine helps my skin make it through these cold months.

      Great post!

      December 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    • Dr. Claudia Says:

      Thanks for your reply Marla! Great tips

      January 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

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