With February just about to get underway, Canadians are reminded that our winter season is far from over. Many of us have already experienced the ramifications of exposing our skin to the frigid outdoor temperatures. And among the most common ramifications is chapped, dry skin. Fear not, however, as there are a number of measures that can be taken to ensure that your skin doesn’t continue to dry out over the course our ever-lengthy wintertime.
Here are three simple ways to prevent dry skin in the winter:
1. Go heavy on moisturizing. Naturally, the best way to prevent dryness is add moisture, right? When it comes to keeping your skin in its healthiest condition, the same rule applies. It’s important to remember that when you bathe, you rid your skin of moisture, so be sure to moisturize quickly after showering. And don’t forget those particular areas of the body that tend to get neglected – they include your feet, elbows and knees.
Megan Mayer of The Huffington Post suggests that you make Vaseline your friend. Using it on the areas of your body that tend to get dry the most will help to ward off chapping and cracking. “Dry feet? Check. Dry elbows and knees? Double check. Lather up, ladies and gentleman, that little plastic container is your go-to all winter long,” she writes, “From lip balm to foot cream to makeup remover, this gooey substance can ‘fix’ just about anything.”
2. Put fish on your dish. Sometimes, it’s best to nourish your skin from the inside out. Eating fish that are rich in omega-3 fats can help you to prevent dehydration of your skin cells. This not only prevents the signs of aging but also helps you to repair a number of skin conditions such as eczema, thick patches of skin and cracked heels. On his website, Dr. Joseph Mercola highly recommends the consumption of fish as a way to nourish your skin in the winter.
“Omega-3 fats may have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help to soothe irritated skin, giving you a clearer, smoother complexion,” he explains, “Fish has always been one of the best sources for animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, but as levels of pollution have increased, this treasure of a food has become less and less viable as a primary source of these healthful fats.” As a result, Dr. Mercola recommends fish that are closer to the bottom of the food chain and therefore, are much less contaminated. They include sardines, anchovies, herring and wild-caught Alaskan salmon.
3. Avoid hot showers. This may be a hard one to pull off as Canadians are no strangers to hot showers during the wintertime. It’s a great way to rid yourself of that bone-chilling winter air once you get inside, isn’t it? The problem with hot showers is that they tend to dry your skin much quicker than cold ones.
Of course, cold showers aren’t necessarily recommended during the winter. Going warm is your best bet. “We know it’s tempting, but showering in scalding temperatures tends to dry out your skin even more,” says Mayer, “Hot water removes natural oils from the skin, and the more oils removed, the drier the skin becomes.”
At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we consider it important to follow these skin care tips all year round as it becomes even more difficult to keep our skin from drying as we age. There are some fantastic ways, however, to rejuvenate your skin and revive and restore your natural beauty.
We offer a variety of facial peels for people of all ages. They have been proven to tighten your skin and increase your radiance. Our facial peels can specifically remedy sun-damaged skin or age spots, control acne, smooth out rough and discoloured skin or improve fine lines and wrinkles. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.