Reader’s Question: My skin seems to shrivel up like a raisin in the winter. It gets dry, cracks and sometimes even bleeds. I’ve tried just about every lotion you can imagine and still don’t have anything I can swear by. What do you recommend?
Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: You’ve come to the right place — because doctors like me could practically write a book about dry winter skin.
Where I practice, winters can be extremely cold, dry and windy, which can sap the moisture right out of your skin. When that happens, lots of people reach for heavy-duty topical creams and moisturisers.
But the real secret to beating dry skin — not just in winter, but all year around — starts with your diet. Loading up on fatty acids is the best way to keep your skin nourished and moist.
Many people who have chronically dry skin have a deficiency in fatty acids. A regular fish oil regimen, or simply incorporating more fish, nuts and olive oil into your diet, can go a long way to improving your skin.
The same goes for dry scalp, which plenty of people get in the winter. Cut out the refined sugar and load up on fatty acids, and you just may be able to throw that dandruff shampoo in the bin.
Don’t forget to keep sending me all those great questions! Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing