Winter Skin Tips 2016
on December 20, 2016
As seen on Fox channel 5 News on December 6th 2016, Dr. Shirley Madhere shares her tips on keeping skin healthy during the winter season.
In winter, the elements have these effects on skin:
1. reduced humidity and lack of moisture in the air;
2. colder temperatures (constrict blood flow to the surface and may cause flakiness);
3. forced heat (causes low humidity and increased evaporative water loss from skin);
4. windy conditions (cause more evaporative water loss from skin and possible chaffing);
5. eating high carb foods (may contribute to gut inflammation that may lead to skin irritation. These foods may also increase hormone imbalance and result in increased skin oil production that may lead to acne).
Winter Skin Tips
Dr. Madhere recommends these top 10 (ten) tips to help keep skin healthy and radiant during winter:
1. Exfoliate gently twice per week;
2. Change moisturizer to a thicker one and consider adding an essential oil;
3. Use a humidifier;
4. Use lip balm;
5. Avoid hot water on the skin-- may be drying and may increase redness;
6. Hydrate internally by eating water-rich foods that stay in your body longer than simply drinking water. Try vegetables like lettuce, cauliflower, and spinach, and fruit such as oranges and grapefruit;
7. Minimize stress - to help reduce signs of premature aging on skin;
8. Add supplements to help hydrate internally: HA, omega-3 FA's; add selenium and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Take probiotics to support gut health and microbiome, and vitamins to support immune system: vitamins B12, C, D, and E.
9. Maintain exercise routine to help keep circulation healthy;
10. Tone down the toxins. Particularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics and chemicals, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin.
"Stay beautiful inside and out-- every season!"
Shirley Madhere, Beauty Influencer for The Leading Salons of the World.