Fall and Winter Skin Concerns

Care for dry, chapped and oily skin with a few simple tips for cold-weather skin health.

Sponsored by DermaE
October 2017

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Photo courtesy DermaE

As we say goodbye to the warm sunshine of summer and hello to the cooler temperatures of fall, we start to notice changes to our skin. With cooler temperatures, we can easily develop rough, dry, chapped, itchy and oily skin. Battling the cold weather skin blues can be quite frustrating.

Each and every one of us are unique and special in our own way, and with that being said, so is our skin and our skin concerns. Some  concerns include dryness, chapped skin, dandruff, oily skin, Keratosis Pilaris breakouts, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea. The lower humidity percentage during the colder months can dry out your skin, which can cause any of the possible listed side effects and may also induce more frequent flare-ups.

To help your skin adjust to  climate changes,  work on the inside as well as the outside. A major key to help with any skin concern is: water. Dry skin is one of the first signs that you’re not consuming enough water.  Skin turns dry and flaky and is more prone to wrinkling due to dehydration. It’s very important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

While the water is hydrating from the inside, make sure to quench your skin from the outside with rich body creams to nourish your dry skin. During these drier months, it’s wise to use a crème that is richer than the one you use during warm months. Skin will need deep hydration and help from important vitamins, such as C, E and K.

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Those who suffer from dry, chapped and itchy skin may also want to consider using a multi-purpose Vitamin E based cream. Most Vitamin E creams can be used anywhere on the face and body to keep your skin hydrated throughout the cooler seasons. For those who suffer from autoimmune skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea, we recommend using a fragrance-free crème that will help keep your skin well-nourished. Such creams can be used as a topical treatment that gently calms and soothes irritated skin flare-ups. Sometimes after a flare-up, we are left with unflattering scars, especially if we are guilty of scratching the inflamed areas. But these scars don’t have to last forever; use a scar gel or ointment that is made of natural ingredients to help improve scar texture and overall appearance.

Don’t let the cold weather leave you hiding indoors! You can enjoy the new seasons and feel comfortable in your own skin.

Please note: Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and rosacea usually have an internal component that needs to be addressed in order to resolve the condition completely. We highly recommend you work with a natural healthcare practitioner to help resolve this condition.

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