The harsh, drying effects of winter, particularly in Minnesota, can be a tough time for skin. These effects, combined with free radicals, can harm your skin and accelerate signs of aging in the winter months.

Antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamins C, E and A can curb the damage from dry, colder air and free radicals.  To get more antioxidants, follow these suggestions daily:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants like strawberries and grapefruit as well as leafy greens such as kale and spinach. To remember this point,  just think of eating a “rainbow of colors” daily.
  • You can also apply topical vitamin supplements.  Retinol and tretinoin are forms of Vitamin A. Topical Vitamin C and E are found in products such as SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and can be used daily to prevent damage.
  • At Dermatology Consultants we often recommend Retinol Refining Night Cream from SkinCeuticals or Tretinoin Cream from Obagi Medical.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also great for your skin, and help protect it from toxins and pollutants. Plus, Omega-3’s also help lower unhealthy cholesterol.  Walnuts, many kinds of beans and coldwater fish like tuna and salmon are great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Other tips for healthy, smooth skin this winter include:

  • Moisturize from head to toe every day. A good drugstore brand like CeraVe should work nicely.
  • Your skin benefits from the same overall suggestions for general body health. Remember to get plenty of sleep, don’t smoke, exercise and drink lots of water.

Finally, wear sunscreen every day and reapply it often, even in the winter. It’s a great defense against the damaging effects of sun.

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