Dry, Cracked Skin of Winter
Skin is one of the important natural barriers that works along with our immune system to defend the body against organisms that can cause infection. The skin on our extremities – hands and feet – are the most vulnerable and require additional attention to remain healthy during the cold, dry months of winter.
I recommend the following to minimize bacterial infection and cracking of the skin:
· Hydrate – Drink plenty of water each day. Consuming two liters of water daily is
a good goal. Hydrated skin will remain flexible and allow our protective barrier
to remain intact.
· Humidify – A humidifier adds moisture to the air to help prevent skin dryness.
· Hand hygiene – Hand-washing should occur: at the beginning and end of the
workday; before eating or serving food; before applying make-up; after restroom
activities; and at other times after contamination.
· Moisturize – Make sure to apply a moisturizer throughout the day to hands that
are frequently washed. Consider thick creams that are easily penetrated by the
skin and specific foot creams to avoid painful cracking heels.
· Vitamins -Supplements can help keep your skin fueled with the nutrients it
needs to be healthy. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and B Complex will boost
collagen and help keep skin clear, while omega 3 fish oils can help decrease
inflammation and make your skin look soft and supple.
Podiatrists are experts in treating skin concerns of hands, feet and ankles. Make time for a consultation to create a personalized hand and foot skin care regime and to identify any potential problems.