At this time of year, dry skin can be a very common complaint. It can be uncomfortable and irritating, and for those who suffer chronically, it can be very frustrating. There are many medical conditions that cause dry and irritated skin, such as eczema and psoriasis, but anybody can find themselves struggling with dry, flaky skin.
Keep water warm
Scalding hot baths and showers are an absolute no-no. The hot water pulls moisture out of your skin and will cause it to become dry and irritated. Try to stick to lukewarm water when washing.
Exfoliating will remove dead skin particles and will allow your healthy skin underneath to breathe and regenerate.
There’s nothing quite as important as making sure your skin is given plenty of moisture. Use creams and ointments rather than lotions, which aren’t as effective and can often be irritating.
Use gentle skin care products; look out for products designed for sensitive skin. Try to avoid anything with strong fragrances as these are likely to irritate your skin.
Invest in a humidifier
One way to keep moisture in your skin is by making sure that there is plenty of it in the air. This is a particularly good idea if you are using a heating system at home, as the heat sucks the moisture out of the air.
If you have dry hands, try to wear gloves to protect them from cold weather, water and cleaning chemicals. You could also wear cotton gloves at night after applying cream to really give them a moisture boost.
Try fish oil pills
Consider trying out fish oil pills, as studies have shown that they may soothe very dry skin. Those taking part in the studies reported that there was a marked difference to their skin after just 6 weeks.
So there you have it, a few things to think about if you’re suffering from dry irritated skin.
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