Many of us feel our skin drying out during the winter months. This is usually due to being indoors more with artificial heat and less moisture in the air.
Lower temperatures can also cause our tissues to shrink and tighten. This puts pressure on nerves and as different types of tissue react at different speeds, scars and damaged areas can become itchy, uncomfortable or painful. Many people can “feel” Winter is coming through their previous injuries.
Here are some general tips but if you have specific problems with your skin, a dermatologist consultation is advised.
1. Eat a diet rich in Vitamins A, D and E. These all help with cell growth and repair.
2. Make sure you have enough Zinc. This trace element plays an essential role in wound healing.
3. Eat plenty of healthy fats as these moisturise the skin from the inside. They also help with hormone balance.
4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
5. Moisturize your skin with a lotion that is suitable for the season. Summer moisturisers tend to be lighter. Self – massage when moisturising will improve blood flow and keep your skin supple.
6. Try to reduce your long, hot baths. Whilst great for relaxation, these can dry out your skin when combined with soap. Dry skin heals slowly and tends to scar more easily.
If you have any questions about how I may be able to help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a no-obligation chat.