Tips for Healthy Winter Skin
As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Utah, Dr. Jon Bishop knows that everyone wants to look and feel their best year-round. Winter is a difficult season for our skin here in the arid climate of Utah County. Coupled with the cold temperatures, the dry air can wreak havoc on your skin.
From the inside out
Making sure that you eat the right foods and stay hydrated goes a long way toward keeping your skin health and smooth. Foods rich in Vitamin A, C, E, Selenium, Omega-3 fats, and antioxidants should be in your diet for maximum skin health. Get these into your diet should be as much as possible in natural form, so yep, that means eating your fruits and vegetables. Carrots, oranges, plums, Brazil nuts, cashews, avocados, low-fat dairy products, and salmon are all great options to add to your diet of you want to boost your skin’s health.
Drinking 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water can give your skin the elasticity that it needs, as well as making sure that it is smooth. Drinking water can also reduce the appearance of some wrinkles and age spots.
From the outside in
Naturally, there are many products that you can use on your skin to moisturize it and keep it healthy. The three main products that people use on their skin to add moisture are: creams, lotions, and ointments. Each has a place in winter skin care.
For basic moisturizing, a good lotion doesn’t need to break the bank. Some of the commonly used ingredients in a good moisturizing lotion include jojoba, glycerin, and aloe vera. If your skin is sensitive, it’s better to avoid heavy fragrances. Use regularly, especially on your feet, elbows and hands to protect against dryness.
Creams can be too heavy for some people but work for problem areas. Generally, creams can be more expensive. Look for smaller containers so that you might try different products if you are concerned about skin sensitivities. Many of the same ingredients can be found in creams as in the lotions above, but you might see petroleum jelly or lanolin in a cream, which are both excellent at sealing moisture into the skin. Typically, creams are better used for smaller areas than as a whole-body moisturizing solution.
Ointments are very good for those with eczema flare-ups and for psoriasis. These can also be costly, but as those with these conditions know, finding relief is often well worth the price tag, within reason. You can try store brands of some ointments, like Aquaphor, are available, but some of them are thinner in consistency, thus offering less coverage than the original product.
Finding the right skincare regimen to keep your skin healthy during the dry winters of Utah County can be challenging, as everyone is different. The big thing is to remember the sunscreen since the sun can burn just as much in winter as in the summer months.
Please visit Dr. Bishop if you are considering cosmetic surgery. He is regularly recognized as a leading plastic surgeon in Utah County.