Winter Dry Skin: Treating from the Inside Out and the Outside In

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Winter is fast approaching and so is the dry skin season. Cold weather and drier air means skin prone to dryness will become even worse.

Dry skin is a result of chronic subclinical (i.e. invisible to the naked eye) inflammation. Cells become shriveled and constricted, causing uncomfortable and unsightly skin that probably has one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Tightness (especially after bathing)
  • Itchiness
  • Flaking, scaling, or peeling
  • Redness
  • Rough and dehydrated appearance

The Causes

Knowing the causes of dry skin is the first step in preventing or treating dry skin. The worst offender causing dry skin in the winter? Low humidity levels. The less humidity in the air, the less moisture there is for your skin to absorb.

Dry skin is most prevalent in winter because typically, temperatures drop and so do humidity levels, and the dryness created by the weather outside is often exacerbated by the conditions indoors. Central heating and space heaters strip moisture from the air and therefore from your skin.

And those hot showers or baths that feel so good on a cold winter morning? They do more harm than the temporary comfort is worth. Hot water breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin, exposing it to the elements. The same goes for frequent swimming in chlorinated pools.

Other factors that contribute to dry skin include:

  • Anti-bacterial soaps
  • Deodorants
  • Shampoos containing alkyl sulfates
  • Sun exposure
  • Hypothyroidism

Prevention and Treatment

When dry skin goes untreated, it can sometimes lead to serious complications. Eczema is the most common complication, a skin disorder that causes excessive dryness, redness, cracking, and inflammation. But it is also possible to develop folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicles, and cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the skin’s underlying tissues.

Preventing and treating dry skin is a three tier process that includes anti-inflammatory foods, anti-inflammatory antioxidant supplements, like the Health and Weight Management, and topical anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

Eating anti-inflammatory foods will begin the process of treating your dry skin from the inside. The intake of healthy fats like those in extra virgin olive oil, fish, flax seed oil, avocado, and dark leafy greens can help decrease inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory antioxidant supplements can also help treat dry skin from the inside. Alpha lipoic acid dietary supplements will help combat dry skin by maintaining and enhancing cell’s metabolic function. Omega 3 supplements can also improve dry skin while simultaneously providing health benefits like elevated mood, cardiovascular health, and weight loss.

Alpha lipoic acids are also key in topical treatment. Alpha lipoic acids used in topical treatments, like those found in Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser, are antioxidants that help to smooth surface imperfections and minimize pores. They also boost healthy cell function and improve skin’s radiance.

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  3. I agree that you need to treat dry skin and eczema not just from the outside but from the inside also. Diet can trigger allergies so it is important to address that while also maintaining a clean environment and keeping the skin hydrated.

  4. I like to be product tester to try them please. Thanks.

  5. I live in Maine and the winters here are brutal on your skin. I would love to try this out!

  6. During the summer and fall months, my skin is the typical t-zone oily combination. However, in the winter and beginning of spring, my skin is DRY! From my face to my fingers to my toes, I see dry, cracking skin. It’s important to rememdy this internally as well as externally. I take supplements, as well as use non-drying cleansers, syrums, and lotions. However, I must take care not to over ‘lubricate’ my skin, as my skin is also prone to adult acne. I am in my mid-40′s and am looking for a skin care system that will provide balanced results. I would love to become a Perricone tester, in hopes of finding a beneficial system for myself as well as one I could recommend to others.

  7. I have a dry itchy dace and have tried almost everything. I would love to try something new and different. Thank you

  8. I am a young woman, but find that especially through the winter, my skin is extremely dry and it will go to the point of flaking off, and no matter what I moisturize it with, I find it still never quite rejuvinates the skin back to what it was.

    I would love to test your products. I am always looking for a solution for my skin and have heard your products are great.

  9. To whom it may concern,
    I would love to be a product tester, as I am have used Dr Perricone’s products before(neuropeptide eye contour cream) and had excellent results! Dr Perricone’s products are the gold standard in cosmetic care, and this is the reason why I would like to become a tester for his products! I have also purchased one of his health/beauty books which I look forward to reading in the near future. Thanking you in advance.

    Lavaughn Scott

  10. I am 55 years old and I would love to be your tester. I need a new product line and I don’t really know where to start. I have been using the same product line for years, so I know a change would be good for me.


  12. 65Yr old caucasian female, extremely dry skin, years of working in Central heating and A/C in the South. Some dryness is attribited to age,diet. medications. Deep lines in cheeks and around mouth. I clean and moisturize every AM. Since I am no longer in the work force, I do not apply make-up every day (waste of funds). Dark circles. I do exercise and am on an antoxidant kick at the present. What do you suggest? The mini trials sound wonderful, thanks that is a great idea when you really do not know what will work.

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  14. Every winter I have trouble with flaky skin on my face, even though it’s still a bit oily. Now I know why and what to do about it!

  15. This weather is wreaking havoc on my skin! This looks like a great product!

  16. I would LOVE to be a Perricone tester. I am a border-line diabetic and I have tried your sample kit and have had great results. My skin looks radiant again & I get so many compliments. It would be an honor to sample your new products.
    You are on my facebook and I always look forward to getting an email from you thanking me for my comments and for telling me about special offers you have going on.
    I hope you will consider me and I look forward to hearing from you!

  17. I would love to become a tester for your company.

  18. I need help with fine lines and sun discoloration!