Ashland Living - Daily Independent Winter 2018 - Page 40

HOW TO HANDLE COMMON WINTER SKIN ISSUES By Lori McCoy, D.O. The dry and cold air outside — combined with dry, heated air inside — reduces our skin’s moisture levels and decreases its natural defenses. The humidity drops as the outdoor temperature drops. Here are some common winter skin problems and how to handle them. DRY SKIN: Stay hydrated to beat the harsh elements in the environment. Try to stay moisturized from the inside out by drinking plenty of water and incorporating herbal tea during the day. Aside from using natural moisturizers for your skin, you should also nourish your body with foods that can replenish your body’s moisture. An essential fatty acid deficiency is a common cause of dry skin, so be sure to get a daily dose through chia, flax, hemp or pumpkin seeds. Stock up on veggies like carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, kale and spinach. Sometimes a deficiency in vitamin B6 can show through dry skin and cracked corners of the mouth. This vitamin can be found in foods like avocado, banana, broccoli, sweet potato and grapes. 40 | WINTER 2018 | ASHLAND LIVING