Healthy Beginnings

5 Skin Care Tips to Defeat Winter’s Wrath


Dry skin is a recurring
– and can even be long- term – problem, especially during winter when the environmental humidity
is low and the skin is not getting enough moisture. Extreme dry skin can
lead to itchy and painful cracked skin, if not treated.

Here are some tips to prevent dry skin and defeat Northern Nevada’s brisk winds and dry air:

Hydrate: Dehydration causes dry skin and chapped lips. Hydrating will provide the skin barrier enough water to keep the skin’s natural moisture. Drinking lots of water will flush out toxins and improve functioning of the whole body for healthier hair, skin and nails.

Humidifier: Turning on the heating inside
the home can cause dry skin. Humidifiers can add moisture back to dry skin and chapped lips.

Moisturize: Ointments, oil, creams,
lotions and moisturizers are different types of products
that are available over the counter without a prescription. Ointments and oils are usually greasier compared to the others. Hot showers and harsh soaps can strip the skin’s oil barrier. Apply within minutes after taking a hot shower to seal in the moisture. Reapply throughout the day as needed. Avoid harmful chemicals from products such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Olefin Sulfonates, which are used in shampoos, cleansers, baby wipes and bubble baths. These are irritating ingredients and weaken the moisture barrier.

Sunscreen: Ultraviolet exposure is still present when the sun is out during winter. UV exposure can break down collagen and elastin causing dehydrated skin and chapped lips.

Nutrition and Sleep: Healthy skin is a reflection of overall body health. Vitamins
A, B, C, E, fatty acids and sleep help fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals and also help regenerate new skin cells.

For more information, call Joyce Pontillas, ND, at 775-409-3301 or visit