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Winter Skin

Leah Sarich | posted Thursday, Dec 4th, 2014

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It is sooooo dry in Calgary in the winter! And this dryness leads to itchy, flaky and even cracked skin. And for those people who already have existing skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, their conditions tend to get much worse in the winter.

Dermatologist Dr. Andrei Metelitsa says there a few things you can do to help prevent your skin from drying out. First off, do not take hot showers. He says research shows hot showers dry out the skin further, instead he recommends lukewarm showers. Secondly, he recommends moisturizing a lot!! He says get your cream on right after the shower to lock in the moisture. And then continue to moisturize throughout the day. Dr. Metelitsa says have cream at home, at work and take some with you in your bag.

Dr. Metelitsa also recommends using a cream that contains ceramide. Ceramide is a molecule that has been proven to help replenish the moisture in the skin.

He also says it’s important to exfoliate the dead layer of skin cells from the top of the skin. Not only will removing this layer help you to look more radiant, but it will be easier for your skin to absorb moisture.

And the real reason to keep your skin barrier healthy is to prevent infection. Remember, the skin is the largest organ in the body. It acts as a barrier to all the nasty viruses and bacteria out there. So, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

And if you’ve done all of these preventative measures and your skin is still bothering you, particularly if it’s preventing you from sleeping, or waking you up at night, Dr. Metelista says it’s time to see your doctor for more aggressive treatment options.

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