With the winter weather in full swing, we've switched our shorts for trousers and t-shirts for jumpers. This generally results in less sun to skin exposure, meaning less Vitamin D production. Skin is the body’s largest organ so taking care of your skin should be an important part of your health regimen. This blog will give you 5 essentials tips for keeping your skin healthy this winter.
1. Take your vitamins, but what ones?
Our body creates Vitamin D from direct sunlight when we are outside. From October to March, the sunlight we get in the UK doesn’t contain enough UVB radiation - the ultraviolet rays your body needs to make Vitamin D. Public Health England and NICE (National Institution of Clinical Excellence) advise that everyone takes a Vitamin D supplement during the winter months - a dose of 10 micrograms or 400 International Units each day is recommended. (1)
Vitamin A has several important functions including helping to keep skin healthy and supporting the immune system to defend against illness and infection.
Vitamin C has numerous functions including helping to maintain healthy skin and protecting cells from damage.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It helps to maintain healthy skin and eyes, as well as strengthening the body’s immune system against illnesses and infections.
Biotin or B7 is an essential nutrient which plays key roles in breaking down substances like fats and carbohydrates. Symptoms of Biotin deficiency include thinning of hair, skin rashes and brittle nails. (2, 3, 4)
2. Don't drink yourself dry
Really try to get your 8 glasses of water in each day. Staying adequately hydrated can help maintain normal skin health. (5)
3. Smoking, kick the habit
Studies have demonstrated that smoking can cause unfavourable skin changes such as reduced elasticity and affects facial ageing. (6, 7)
4. Keep active
Whilst there may be only few things better than snuggling up by the fire in the cold winter months, keeping active helps to boost circulation, nourishes skin cells and can help to improve your skin's overall health.
Dry skin typically occurs when your skin isn’t retaining sufficient moisture - excess hand washing and being exposed to the elements can deplete skin’s moisture. Unfortunately the winter months are notorious for dry or cracked skin. Regularly using a simple moisturising cream can help keep the moisture in your skin and tackle dryness.
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1. PHE and NICE on vitamin D supplementation during winter - GOV.UK
3. Skin manifestations of Biotin deficiency
7. Facial changes and the skin
Dr Alexander, MB ChB, BSc (Hons) - Senior Writer