On the March 1st episode of Dr. Oz – “Dr. Oz goes Head to Head with the Men who Hate Him” (funny title!) – Eucerin dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton was on to talk about dry skin. (you can head over to EucerinUS.com to get US coupons). Its winter and people (including me!) are starting to feel the effects of dry, heated air. Also, the older you get, the more issues you have with dry skin.
She said that dry skin goes beyond just comfort, that it can become a health issue. If yours is so itchy that you start scratching, you can open your skin up to all sorts of bacteria, viruses and fungi (Ummm Yuck?!). So according to her the three biggest reasons you get dry itchy skin are:
1. Your Morning Routine
Most people take too hot and too long of a shower. It just irritates your skin and removes its natural oils. I know I am totally guilty of this. Also, many women are applying anti-aging products like retinols and retinoids that prevent wrinkles, but at the same time irritate and dry out skin. Also, some soaps may be no good. It doesn’t protect oils, just removes dirt. The fragrances and dyes some contain are no good either.
2. Genetic Reasons
Some people may be genetically predisposed to certain dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. These can be causes of red patches and scaly skin.
Heating and air conditioned air suck moisture from skin. It is usually less humid in winter as well.
Her suggestions for helping skin:
- Eat salmon. It has fatty acids and oils in it to nourish skin.
- Eat bran. It is rich in zinc which repairs skin cells.
- Use a humidifier. It will put moisture back into the air. You can try one like the Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier.
- Use a timer to remind you to keep your showers short. She suggested 5 minutes. I say that is impossible! But maybe you can do it. She brought a timer from Eucerin.
- She also suggested trying Eucerin Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil and Eucerin Calming Creme Daily Moistuizer. I use these myself, and they are great!