Winter brings snow, cold, and dry skin. For many with chronic skin issues including eczema, skin dermatitis, or psoriasis the change in the weather can cause flare ups, and exacerbate an already painful problem. Many people without chronic skin conditions can also feel winter’s effects.
In addition to naturally occurring dry air in winter, heating our homes also provides a constant source of dry air. Therapy creams are available, dermatologists can usually offer some solutions. There are several things that can be done in preparation of the advancing winter season.
Simple dietary changes can go a long way in maintaining healthy skin, full of moisture:
- Eat fiber rich foods including fruits, veggies and legumes
- Avoid foods containing gluten
- Avoid sugars
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid animal fats (with exception to fish)
- Include cold water fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids
- Avoid red meats
- Regularly take a high-potency multivitamin
Nutritional supplements can be added into your daily regimen that contain dry-skin fighting properties:
- Vitamin E
- Water-soluble fiber supplement with psyllium
- Fish oils containing EPA and DHA
Additional natural remedies are available with a little research. Many DIY skin cream recipes are widely available on the internet, though some do work better than others. In addition, maintaining a regular intake of water is a great way to keep hydration levels up during the winter. Prevention is the best way to combat dry skin and for those with chronic skin problems, these options can offer additional moisture and anti-inflammatory properties to the skin.