Winter Skin Itch...
As the fall/winter weather hits I find my skin feeling tighter and tighter not to mention becoming scaly from eczema. It happens every year in at least one spot usually my elbow, but this weekend I also noticed my hands were really dry. I already use moisturizing soaps like dove. Actually I am pretty experienced with eczema because my kids have all shown signs at one time or another and changing the lotions and soaps was always the first step.
I decided to tackle my hands with some almond milk and shea butter, and they helped. But, I am still feeling the effects every time I wash my hands or do a dish. I find I need to put gloves on after I put the moisturizer on to get them to feel right again. I also read that basically to keep your hands soft, always wear gloves.
I found a skin care site http://www.skincarenet.org/ that gave some good tips for winter skin care.
10 Winter Skin Care Tips:
- Avoid long soaks in hot, soapy water. Relaxing in a hot bath sounds wonderful when you're cold, but hot, soapy water can remove the protective oils from your skin
- Use a mild bath product or one that is pH balanced. Look for natural ingredients
- Pat your skin to dry it – don't rub
- Apply a shielding lotion right after the bath or shower to help the skin's protective layer stay intact
- Reapply every four to six hours to maintain the integrity of the layer all day
- Look at the ingredients on any product you buy to treat severe itching. Stay away from those with chemicals that could make the condition worse
- Moisturize from the inside out. What you eat affects the condition of your skin. Add walnuts, Canola Oil and ground flaxseeds to your diet
- Eat foods rich in Vitamin E – green leafy vegetables and wheat germ flakes
- Drink at least eight glasses of liquid – preferably good water. Stay away from sodas or drinks with caffeine, which dry the skin
- Use a humidifier to increase the level of moisture in the air
Hope they work!