Have you started itching yet? Dry skin is hard to avoid this time of year in Fairbanks. Lotion helps, but I find it's more effective to have people fix dry skin from the inside out. Here's my top tips for keeping skin smooth and comfortable year all winter long!
I know, I know, it's basic, but it works! This time of year we need half our body weight in ounces of water daily. So 75 oz for a 150 lb person. Drink more if you are exercising, working outside, or talk all day. Herbal teas count, but anything with caffeine or alcohol does not count towards your water intake
Healthy fats help to keep your skin hydrated and youthful looking all winter long! If you are eating fish daily you can skip the supplement, but most of us benefit from an additional 3 grams combined EPA/DHA daily. This is easier to get from a liquid than a gelcap, but you can do either! It usually equates to about 1 tbsp of liquid fish oil or 3 gelcaps daily, however every product is different so read the label. We carry Carlson and Nordic Naturals in the office. Barlean's is another palatable brand that can be found locally. Wild Alaska salmon and sardines are great food sources if you choose to get your omega's primarily from your diet.
A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory originally derived from shellfish, asthaxanthin has been shown to reduce skin aging including wrinkles. 6 grams 1 to 2 times daily increases skin hydration and reduces the appearance of wrinkles that tend to worsen during the winter and during times of heavy sun exposure. Avoid if you have any shellfish allergies.
As our body's main fat soluble anti-oxidant, vitamin E has a big job. It works synergistically with fish oil to protect our skin from sun damage. Aim for 400-800 IU of mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) daily. Our best food sources of vitamin E are nuts and seeds.
Lastly, if you're like me and wash your hands all day long, or if you need a dry skin fix today I LOVE Arbourdoun's calendula cream for seriously dry skin. We carry it at the front desk or it can be ordered directly from the manufacturer.
If the above options aren't helping come see us so we can look into any other causes including hypothyroidism.