Ashland Living - Daily Independent Winter 2018 - Page 41

A niacin deficiency can contribute to eczema, or itchy, dry and red skin. Nuts like pine nuts, macadamia and almonds are good sources of niacin, along with shiitake mushrooms and asparagus. Don’t forget to get good amounts of vitamin C as well. UV DAMAGE: Don’t forget to wear sunscreen during outdoor winter activities. Whatever your skin type is, keep in mind that even when you can’t feel the sun, you’re still exposed to harsh UV rays in the wintertime. FLAKY SKIN: Aside from dry skin, skin cracks and flaking can occur in the winter. Use an exfoliating wash to remove the skin’s damaged top layer. Regular soaps have too high a pH and can lead to more dryness, inflammation and disruption of the skin’s outer layer. If using a moisturizer, use it immediately after a shower or bath for best results. CHAPPED LIPS: Your lips also can suffer from dryness and chapping. Use products with vitamins A and E that are soothing to the skin. Apply lip products at night to help moisturize while you’re sleeping. ITCHY PATCHES: Otherwise known as winter itch, itchy patches usually occur along with the drop in temperature. The cold winter weather strips away the natural barrier of your skin. ASHLAND LIVING | WINTER 2018 | 41