Monday, April 18, 2011

Dry skin--yes, in spring, even summer


You think of warmer weather as being sweaty and oily, but you can still have dry skin.

My own legs are sandpaper!

Jessica Wu, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in LA and author of Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin, and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days, may be gilding the old lily a bit with that book title, but she does have tips on dry skin.

Flaky patches, cracked skin, itchy red patches—I have them all. Usually they don’t rise to the level of my even getting all bent out of shape but every once in a while, I notice and get creeped out.

In winter this is common, of course. The water in your skin evaporates more quickly. Wear gloves, scarves, keep the moisture in.

Indoor heating is also unbalanced, no matter what time of year. It sucks water out of you. You might want to consider a humidifier.

Watch those long hot showers—I take two quickies a day, no patience.

In winter and summer you need lotion. Apply after showering to hold in the water.

Those hand sanitizers can wreck hands. But of course some stupid disease is also not good. Wu suggests carrying a moisturizing soap.

You probably need to drink more water in both seasons.

You also need fatty acids to wrap cells and keep water in. This means Omega 3s. Salmon, mackerel, sardines. Maybe even primrose supplements.

Avoid scratchy fibers--wool, we are talking about you.

Matte or long wearing lipsticks can also leave lips chapped. Look for ointments in a pot, not stick, Wu says. And forget those plumping lipsticks—they are designed to irritate lips.

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