This Fall, Take Care of the Skin You’re In
As autumn progresses, the air gets colder and less humid. The lack of moisture can really dry your skin out! This can especially be a problem for people with conditions like rosacea or eczema, whose symptoms often get worse at this time. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your skin healthy and vibrant during those bitter autumn chills.
It may seem obvious, but regular use of moisturizer can prevent painful or irritating cracks from developing in your skin. If you’re groggy in the morning and have trouble remembering all the steps of your routine, put it in an obvious place where you’ll remember to lather up – or carry a travel-size bottle in your purse or backpack.
Use a humidifier.
People with particularly sensitive skin might want to consider putting a humidifier in the spaces around their home where they spend the most time. If the environment isn’t supplying the moisture, at least you can put it there yourself!
Fill your diet with hydrating foods.
When we think about skin care, we often think about what we’re putting on our body rather than what we’re putting in it – but the foods we eat and the drinks we consume make a big difference! Pick up foods that are rich in moisture or healthy fats (such as avocados, cucumbers and salmon), while staying away from salty snacks and caffeine.
Are you or a family member worried about skin condition as temperatures drop and the air dries out? Don’t forget, GLFHC patients can always ask their doctor a question using our Patient Portal at glfhc.org/portal, or just come in and talk to us about any problems they’re having at any of our locations — from our four sites in Lawrence to Methuen Family Health Center!