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Healthy Food That is Good For Your Skin

At Eastside Dermatology we like to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Our four recommended healthy foods promote skin health and prevent sun damage. Try using these foods to increase healthy nutrients into your everyday diet.

Dark Chocolate – Dark Chocolate is filled with vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. Flavonoids act as antioxidants that help the body protect it from free radicals, like sunburn, redness along with other signs of UV skin damage. It can also repair dry skin with the help of its many nutrients (iron, calcium, and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E) that will aid in the moisturizing of your skin.

Green Tea – Green Tea is a type of antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, along with its many benefits. Antioxidants in green tea help neutralize damage from UV rays, while at the same time preventing your skin from wrinkles!

Olive Oil –Olive Oil is full of antioxidants, which help fight back again free radicals that cause skin damage. It is also great to use for hydrating dry skin, olive oil is rich in inflammation-inhibiting antioxidants, which helps repair skin damage and soothe dry skin. As a bonus, antioxidants that are found in olive oil will also reduce the damage leading to wrinkles.

Fruits & Vegetables – Foods high in vitamin C and E produce antioxidants that reduce skin damage from UV rays, protect again DNA damage, skin aging, along with the overall texture of your skin. Vitamin C is necessary for the creation of collagen, which is our skin’s support system. Vitamin C is found in tomatoes, strawberries, and broccoli to name a few. Vitamin E is found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.


5 Skincare Tips for the Winter

Have you ever noticed during the winter months that your skin gets extremely itchy and dry? According to WebMD, freezing temperatures, low humidity, and furnace-blasted dry air can leave your skin dry, flaky, and itchy. Luckily, Dr. Alan J. Parks, our dermatologist here at Eastside Dermatology, has provided 5 helpful skincare tips for the winter. “We receive a lot of complaints once the weather drops about itchy skin,” said Dr. Parks. “You can beat the itch of winter if you just follow several simple steps.”

1. Keep showers short and less than 5-minutes

Even though it might feel good to take a long, hot shower during the winter, prolonged exposure to hot water breaks down the protective oils on the skin, leaving it tight and dry.

2. Use a mild soap such as Dove

People often spend too much time applying soap throughout their body which can irritate the skin. You want to make sure that you are using a mild soap, such as Dove, and not applying the soap too aggressively.

3. Apply a moisturizing cream after you dry off from the shower

Water followed by the application of oil such as a moisturizer is of great benefit for dry skin.

4. Drink lots of water

During the winter, everyone wants to get a nice, warm hot chocolate or coffee from Starbucks. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water though to stay hydrated! Dehydration happens just as easily in winter as in the heat of summer. If you were to drink 6-glasses of water per day, this be a great benefit to your skin.

5. Consider getting a humidifier for the bedroom

Adding moisture to your room can make a big difference in how you look and feel and especially helps with dry skin!

Follow the 5-steps referenced above and beat the itch of winter! It might be tough to drink a cold glass of water or keep your showers short during the cold weather months. Your skin will be thanking you at the end of the day though!


Our Locations

Two convenient locations to better serve you:

150 Taylor Station Rd. Suite 250
Ohio 43213

4617 Leap Ct.,
Ohio 43026

Our Promise

At Eastside Dermatology, Dr. Alan Parks and his entire team are dedicated to providing the highest quality cosmetic and surgical skin care for their Columbus and Hilliard, Ohio-area patients.

Eastside Dermatology & Skin Care Center is associated with the DocShop patient education network. is an informational resource for patients considering dermatology treatments.

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