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7 Tips – How to Avoid Dry Winter Skin

7 Tips – How to Avoid Dry Winter Skin

Posted by Goodman Dermatology in Preventative Skin Care 30 Nov 2014
dry skin prevention, Alpharetta, GA

Winter dry skin can really be bothersome.

Once the temperature drops, dry skin is more than likely going to start causing havoc with your skin. It happens to just about everyone, no matter what your age or ethnicity. As the winter winds blow we tend to stay inside more where the air is dry and lacks humidity. The bath soap we’ve been using may become irritating to dry skin causing your condition to worsen. Also, if you happen to think that your skin is not at risk for sun burn, you are greatly mistaken. A winter sunburn is just as dangerous for your skin as summer sun and can add to your dry skin condition.
So how can you prevent the winter dry skin blues? Dermatologist, Dr. Marcus Goodman at Goodman Dermatology located just south of the border of Alpharetta, GA suggests these

Seven winter skin care tips:

1. Exfoliate

Skin cells accumulate on the surface of your skin and causes it to look matte, lack radiance and will keep your skincare to not penetrate effectively. Dr. Goodman recommends products that include alpha hydroxyl acids. Also, having a chemical peel like the VI Peel will help rid your skin of dead cells while improving the tone, texture and clarity of dry skin.

2. Moisturize

Using pharmaceutical grade skin care products , like the ones carried at Goodman Dermatology can help to not only moisturize your dry skin but can help to balance your complexion and prevent pre-mature aging.

3. Skip the hot shower

As good as it may feel on a cold morning, it’s best to avoid hot water on your skin. It will only help contribute to your dry skin condition.

4. Use a gentle cleanser

Use a body wash that is designed to aid in softening of the skin. The dermatologists at Goodman Dermatology can recommend a good body wash for your skin condition.

5. Wear sunscreen every day, year round

Just because it’s cold and you’re wearing more layers of clothing, remember to still protect your face, neck and hands with sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. Also, there’s a thinner ozone layer during colder seasons. With less ozone in our atmosphere there are more harmful rays hitting the earth’s surface and your skin!

6. Eat healthy fats

Skin can benefit from having a diet that includes foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, herring, sardines and anchovies. If you’re not a fish lover, you can take omega-3 supplements. Including these foods or supplements in your diet can help to hydrate the skin and prevent water from evaporating.

7. See your dermatologist

Your condition may be more than just dry skin. You could possibly be experiencing eczema or even seborrheic dermatitis which you will need to treat before it becomes serious. Even if it is just dry skin, your dermatologist can prescribe stronger treatments and products that can help to soothe your dry skin. They can also suggest a tailored made skin care regimen for your particular skin type and condition.
It looks like it’s going to be a long, and extra cold winter. Don’t suffer with dry skin this winter. Make an appointment at Goodman Dermatology to prevent or get relief from your dry skin. If you live in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Cumming, Marietta or Milton, you are just a short drive away from receiving the expert advice from the dermatologists at Goodman Dermatology in Roswell, GA.

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