How To Revive Winter Ravaged Skin
A Q&A with Dr. Sharon Littzi of Aesthetic Dermatology of Fairfield County
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Q: Are there other supplements you recommend taking in winter?
A: Yes. Many people are deficient in B Vitamins in our area of the country, especially women who take birth control pills. If you are deficient in these vitamins, you can have extremely dry skin, and other serious problems involving detoxification, energy and brain function. Ask your doctor about taking a quality B-complex supplement that includes the full range of B vitamins—don’t just take one specific B Vitamin—it can throw off the other Bs and their functions.
Q: How do you treat rashes, eczema or dry spots that appear in winter?
A: Most of the time, moisturizing can help. If the irritated area doesn’t clear up after several days, or if there is any yellowish crusting or oozing, you need to see a doctor, who might prescribe a cream like Hydrocortisone.
Q: What other ways can we keep our skin healthy in winter?
A: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink water all day long—at least 64 ounces a day. If you’re not sure you’re getting enough fluids, do the pinch test. Pinch the skin on the surface of your hand, then let go. If the skin bounces back quickly, you’re probably ok, but if the skin doesn’t spring back right away, you might be dehydrated.
Q: Is there anything specific we can do for healthy hair and nails?
A: You’ll probably need to moisturize these more in winter. Use good, natural organic conditioners. I recommend the Organix brand of hair care products—the keratin one, especially. I also suggest applying a thick foot cream at night or just after the shower. Keep in mind that dry skin on your feet will increase your chance of getting Athlete’s Foot fungus. If your feet have dry spots that don’t go away with moisturizer, see a doctor. During winter time our hands are exposed to so many chemicals, so keep your hands washed and moisturized. Remember to check products’ labels and choose ones with natural ingredients. Whatever you put on your skin, you are actually ingesting.
Do you have any new exciting services to offer?
A: Yes! Beginning in February we will offer “Forever Young BBL Therapy”, a new laser therapy that reverses the sign of aging through light.
Aesthetic Dermatology of Fairfield County
1 Morse Court, New Canaan; 203-966-2336