I don’t know about you, but if I’m not careful dry skin catches up with me in the winter. My skin looks and feels like sandpaper— dry and cracked. Fortunately, there are secrets for keeping your skin soft and healthy, all winter long.
How to Prevent Dry Skin
1. Protect your skin with antioxidants, which guard against free radical damage. Take a good multi-nutrient with antioxidants, and eat foods rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries and raspberries.
2. Make sure you’re getting enough essential fatty acids (EFAs) in your diet. They’re crucial for maintaining skin hydration and suppleness. A simple test for determining if you’re getting enough EFAs is to feel your skin. If it’s soft, smooth, and velvety, you’re probably getting enough EFAs. If not, try to consume more wild cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel (but not king mackerel), nuts such as almonds and walnuts, and flaxseed. I also recommend that you supplement with 1–3 grams daily of high-quality squid or fish oil to help prevent dry skin.
3. Decrease the amount of caffeine and alcohol in your diet. Both of these substances can have a dehydrating effect on your skin.
4. Drink eight glasses of pure, clean water a day—which hydrates your skin from the inside.
5. Steer clear of sugar. Teenagers aren’t the only ones whose skin can show the effects of a sugary diet. Excess sugar in the diet is believed to stick to collagen, making skin less flexible and resilient.
Finally, don’t forget the tips that Mom used to tell you—like wearing gloves to protect your hands from the cold, and drying them fully after washing. Those simple steps really help to prevent dry skin during the winter months.
Now it’s your turn: How do you prevent dry skin during the winter?