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Dr. Reszko’s Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

Cold weather and harsh winds this winter do not have to ruin your skin. Here are detailed advice and tips from dermatologist/dermatologic surgeon Dr. Anetta Reszko on how to beautify and protect your skin.

 

Eat a Balanced Diet and Stay Hydrated

Eat a healthy diet full of nutrients and vitamins to keep your skin, hair, and nails looking and feeling healthy. During winter months, supplement your diet with essential fatty acids (EFAs) and minerals, especially zinc and selenium.

Consider—

  • Omega-3 fats, found in fish such as salmon, sardines, and fish oil
  • Gamma-linolenic acid, such as evening primrose oil
  • Zinc-rich foods like oysters, pumpkin seeds, beef, crab, lima beans, and chickpeas
  • Natural selenium sources like Brazil nuts, shiitake mushrooms, salmon, shrimp, eggs, and garlic

Stay hydrated. Skin is designed as a protective barrier to keep moisture in and environmental stressors such as bacteria and allergens out. But cold winter air has extraordinarily low moisture content. Especially when combined with wind, cool air dramatically dehydrates the skin. Keratinocytes—skin cells—are like interlocking blocks. Lack of hydration and resulting dry skin causes gaps between individual keratinocytes, resulting in progressive and worsening skin dehydration, increasing so-called transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and leading to skin inflammation (redness, scale formation, itchiness).

Dr. Reszko’s Tip

Dehydrated and inflamed skin is also more prone to develop contact allergies. Avoid products with fragrances, preservatives, and lanolin. Lanolin is a common component of moisturizers and a known source of contact dermatitis, especially in older individuals.

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