This time of year brings not only dry and chapped hands, but also dry and itchy faces, arms, legs, and nearly every part of the body
Potomac, MD (PRWEB) December 1, 2008
Susan Lark, MD, noted medical researcher, clinical nutritionist and women's health practitioner, offers her top tips to help deal with dry and itchy skin caused by cold winter weather.
"This time of year brings not only dry and chapped hands, but also dry and itchy faces, arms, legs, and nearly every part of the body", says Dr. Lark. "This can blamed on a combination of cold, dry air outdoors--coupled with drying heat in houses and cars--all of which draws moisture out of the skin."
Here are Dr. Lark's "do's and don'ts" for battling dry skin this winter:
1. Don't Eat These Natural Dehydrators: Spicy foods like ginger and chili peppers, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol can all dehydrate the skin--so their consumption should be limited.
2. Don't Let Skin Get Dehydrated: During the winter especially, drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of pure, clean water a day--to keep skin well-hydrated.
3. Do Hydrate Skin from Within: with essential fatty acids (EFAs)--particularly omega-3s. They help to hydrate the skin tissue from the inside, so it's moist and smooth. Easy ways to get your omega-3s are with tuna, flaxseed, raw pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and almonds.
4. Do Avoid These Chemicals : Many cosmetics contain parabenes, synthetic preservatives usually used in combination of methyl-, propyl- and butylparabenes. They are known to cause irritations to sensitive skin types.
5. Do Apply Topical Antioxidants: Squalane is a powerful antioxidant that nourishes, hydrates, and protects the skin, and even reduces and softens the appearance of wrinkles.
6. Do Moisturize and Rejuvenate Skin: Two of the best "winter rejuvenators" such as avocado oil and evening primrose oil--can be found in the MOOM Nourishing Face Cocktail.
7. Do Make Sure to Get Plenty of Antioxidants: like vitamins C, E, and A (as beta-carotene). Research has shown that these antioxidants will provide valuable protection for the skin, and can help reduce dryness and damage.
"It's never too late--or early--to start treating skin with the care it deserves," says Dr. Lark. "These do's and don'ts will help to soothe dry, irritated, winter skin. Before you know it, your skin will look and feel softer, smoother, and more supple."
Dr. Lark has devoted her career to raising awareness of women's health issues, such as PMS, obesity, hormone replacement therapy and osteoporosis. She pioneered the use of women's self-care treatments based on diet, nutrition, exercise and stress management, and has penned twelve books on women's health and healing. Her most recent title is Hormone Revolution.
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