5 Ways To Nip Dry Skin In The Bud

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on August 4, 2017

woman-applying-lotion-to-legsThe cold winter air has arrived and most of us are suffering with uncomfortably dry skin. You don't have to let dry skin get the better of you this winter. If you are proactive, you can make it through the winter without itching at patches of nasty dry skin. Below, we take a look at five ways to stay moist and comfortable throughout the months ahead.

Limit Your Time In The Shower

Almost nothing feels better than a long, hot shower on a cold winter day. However, exposure to hot water for an extended period of time can severely dry out your skin. You should limit your wintertime showers to 10 minutes. It is most prudent to take a shower with warm or lukewarm water for 5 minutes or less. Once winter ends, you can return to your usual shower temperature and length.

Specialized Baths

Incorporate some olive oil or grapeseed oil into your baths. You should also apply these oils to your skin when you emerge from your bath or shower. Another option is emollient creams or lotions you can find in The Spa. Whole milk is also a nice addition to your bath water as it contains plenty of critical proteins, vitamins and fats that can boost your skin's health. If you are extremely diligent in your fight against dry skin, go for an oatmeal bath.

Consume Food And Drinks With Your Dry Skin In Mind

Fight dry skin by eating foods that are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Such foods include fish, sardines, olives, olive oil, flax, berries, nuts and avocados. They'll help your skin stay moist from the inside out. Your dry skin will also benefit from foods that are rich in vitamin C, as well. Eat kale, spinach and other dark leafy greens. Oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are also chock full of vitamin C.

Try to limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine during the winter. They zap your skin of critical moisture as they are natural diuretics. Drink as much water as you can. If possible, consume strictly water during the winter months.

Protect Your Skin When You Venture Outside

Don't leave your skin exposed to the cold, dry air. Whipping winds can really do a number on your sensitive flesh. Cover up with gloves, hats and scarves whenever you venture outdoors.

Sunscreen is also very important, even in the winter months. Try our sunscreens specifically designed for dry to severely dry skin.

Lip Protection

Your lips are especially sensitive to cold temperatures and harsh winds. Stock up on lip balm for your purse, desk and bathroom. Buy a lip balm with lanolin. This is a natural, oily wax that is optimal to protect lips from chapping. If you’ll be outside, consider a sunscreen for your lips. Try our Elta MD UV Lip Balm.

If you'd like to learn more about how to protect your skin, stay healthy and look your best, reach out to The Spa at Proffer Surgical Associates in Amarillo. We're here to improve the lives of all Amarillo, Lubbock and Texas Panhandle residents with our treatments. Contact us today to learn more.

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Topics: Skin care