Weathering Dry Skin Conditions

January, 2013 by WellSkin | Posted under: Articles

Weathering Dry, Flaky, Itchy Skin Conditions

As the weather changes many of us find that our skin undergoes a transformation as well. This is especially true during the winter months when the skin can get stripped of its natural moisture by the wind and low humidity. It’s not just the outside weather that can contribute to dry skin. During winter, we tend to crank up the heat indoors, circulating dry air that can irritate our skin. If you have a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, if you are dehydrated or taking certain medical treatments, this can also add to the dryness of your skin during the winter months, which can cause dry skin conditions.

Weathering Dry Skin Conditions
It’s important to recognize the characteristics of dry skin first and check with your dermatologist to ensure that you are not suffering from other skin conditions that need special care. With dry skin, the lines in your skin often become more prominent; the skin feels like sandpaper and can appear dull and flaky. In some extreme cases, the skin can even crack and bleed.

To prevent this condition and take care of your dry skin during the winter months, try to keep the following things in mind:

Moisturize
Applying a moisturizer such as Glaxal Base Moisturizing Cream or Glaxal Base Moisturizing Lotion throughout the day is essential to prevent and soothe dry skin. Moisturizing can help make the skin softer, smoother, and less likely to crack. Most importantly, it can help seal in moisture, which is more important than ever during the winter months. For additional skin protection, don’t forget to apply an SPF when you are outside.

Change your Routine
Dry skin can also occur because of certain daily activities that you may be doing. Are you constantly washing your hands or immersing them in water? This may strip your skin of the moisture it needs. Are you going outside and braving the cold without protective clothing such as gloves? Think about what you do everyday that could be worsening your skin condition and try to make a few changes in your routine to help your skin recover during the winter.

Avoid Triggers
In addition to the cold weather; soaps, harsh chemicals, hot water and detergents can all aggravate dry skin. When washing your hands or taking a bath, try using a mild soap such as Allenburys* Basic Soap. It can help maintain your skin’s natural moisture levels. Also, use mild detergents and products that are designed for sensitive skin when doing housework.

Nourish your Skin
It’s important for you to be healthy inside and out. Be sure to drink lots of water to help your skin stay hydrated and try consuming nutrient-rich foods that are not only good for your skin, but for your overall health too. Try to eat a balanced diet that includes fish and antioxidant rich foods such as tomatoes and dark green leafy vegetables to help your skin stay hydrated and healthy all year-round, not just during the colder months.

Do you have any tips for taking care of dry skin this winter?

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[1] American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
[1] NetDoctor http://www.netdoctor.co.uk