How to revive dry winter skin


by KING 5 HealthLink

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 8:20 PM

Spring is almost here, but winter could still be having an effect on your skin. It’s not just about looking good. Parched, rough and broken skin can lead to more serious problems like infection, so skin care is crucial.

Toni Haubert loves to walk to work, but not in winter.

"I am not a fan of cold weather - not my favorite season," Haubert.

The cold weather is hard on her skin.

"I notice that my face is much dryer. My elbows tend to get a little cracked, as well as my hands," Haubert said.

Winter dehydrates skin, especially on extremities, which have fewer oil glands. Dermatologist Dr. Carolyn Jacob says the first thing to do is adopt a simple skin regimen.

"Put your lotions on immediately after you get out of the shower. You want to barely pat dry so there's still moisturizer on your skin and then trap it in with the lotions or creams that you chose to use," Carolyn Jacob, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist, Director, Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology.

Look for moisturizers that contain ceramides.

"When it gets dried out, you lose some of that natural moisturizing factor and with the products that have ceramides in it, it helps your skin to make more of that natural moisturizing factor," Dr. Jacob said.

Dr. Jacob also recommends adjusting your diet.

"Foods that are good for your skin would be ones that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as flax seed, salmon or walnuts," Dr. Jacob explained.

She says try wearing your food. Studies show olive oil soothes and conditions itchy, dry skin and removes makeup.  And when your skin feels extra parched, dab a thin layer under your moisturizer for an extra dose of antioxidants.

All tips Haubert is willing to try.

Turning up the thermostat doesn't help either.  Indoor heating strips even more moisture from the air and your skin. So set the temperature at a balmy 68°F.