Dr. Perricone Discusses

Weather-Proofing Your Skin


Treating the skin during the cold, dry winter months can be a challenge. Low temperatures, high wind chill and drying indoor heating systems can leave the most oily skin parched. Learn what you can do to treat and prevent dry skin.

Tips To Treat Dry Skin
  • Apply antioxidant rich moisturizers, like Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer, to skin while it is still damp from the shower.
  • Stay hydrated with pure spring water.
  • Protect your skin from harsh weather conditions (wind, cold, sun). Apply a product that contains phospholipids, like Cold Plasma, regularly to skin. This ingredient rapidly moisturizes severely dehydrated skin and increases the appearance of a radiant, rosy glow.
  • Increase your intake of the omega 3 family of healthy fats, including salmon, sardines, anchovies, sablefish, halibut and take high quality fish oil capsules for supple, smooth skin from the inside out.
  • Use topical antioxidants to treat the underlying cause of dry skin - inflammation.
  • Follow the anti-inflammatory diet of high quality protein, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats.

Tips to Prevent Dry Skin
  • Keep your showers and baths short, and use warm, not hot water.
  • Avoid coffee as it is a diuretic.
  • Limit alcohol, which will accelerate dehydration.
  • Skip sugary, starchy foods, which cause an inflammatory response in the body and exacerbate a host of skin problems from wrinkles to dry skin to acne, eczema, rosacea, etc.
  • Avoid harsh cleansers and exfoliators. Use a gentle, antioxidant-based cleanser applied with hands or Clarisonic and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  • Avoid smoking and second hand smoke exposure.
With these small alterations in your skincare routine and diet, you'll have glowing skin that will last through even the harshest of winters.

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