Saturday, December 5, 2015

Avoiding Winter Skin Woes

As the temperature gets cooler and further drops, expect drying conditions ahead! And the more the weather gets close to freezing and below zero, the more our skin is at high risk for common skin dryness and even ailments.

Scalp. - Dandruff is the main problem you usually encounter during the cold, wintry months. The best solution is to use shampoo that is considered skin soother. Use a tar-based shampoo which slows down cell regeneration - or anti yeast formulas which can help remove the scalp fungus that causes flaking.
Also, get enough intake on walnuts, wild salmon and canned tuna; they have omega 3 fatty acids that may help reduce inflammation that makes flakes.

Limbs. Psoriasis may appear as silvery white scales on your elbows, knees and lower back and tends to worsen as the skin sucks cold air, making it crack. Avoid wearing fabrics that can irritate like wool. Use soft fleece instead, corduroy or cotton.
Also, use moisturizers such as creams because they preserve moisture better. And one importhant thing, don't forget to get your flu shot ;).

Face. - Inflammation causes those red facial bumps marked as rosacea which can also trigger stress and spicy food. This usually is caused by sensitivity to humidity when low humidity wind shifts from indoor heat to cold outside air, making the skin chafe.
Try using a soapless facial cleanser such as Cetaphil to avoid skin dehydration.

Whole Body. - Be alert for a development of eczema which inflames the skin, making it itchy, leaving red patches on your extremities and face. Heaters also dry out the air that makes the skin parch., while hot showers can wash away lipid barriers, - considered to be our body's natural moisturizer.
Always protect your body from the chill with gloves, scarves and hats. Do have only warm bath and a humidifier instead of hot showers.

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