As temperatures drop, heaters clank on and the wind whips up and the battle for healthy skin begins. Dry air takes away the thin layer of oil that reaps moisture in the skin, flaring itchy and painful conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and severe dry skin.
If we stop producing moisture or if heating sucks it out of the skin and it’s not being replaced that will lead to little cracks that affect the barrier of the skin. Any trauma to the skin can cause the skin to flare up. But you can minimize the toll the next few months will take on your skin by preparing now.
When it’s cold outside we prolong our hot showers and baths which is a recipe for dry irritated skin. Keep the shower as brief as possible and use lukewarm not hot water. Also switch to less aggressive moisture rich soaps made for sensitive skin. Gently pat yourself dry to avoid overdrying the skin and apply your moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp.
Choose soft breathable fabrics like cotton instead of itchy woolens or polyester. Also loose fitting clothing will keep your skin from chaffing and becoming irritated by perspiration. Use a humidifier to increase moisture levels in the home.
Emotional stress and being under pressure can trigger psoriasis and eczema. Look for ways to reduce stress such as exercise, mediation, and yoga. Also watch your diet and eat healthy. And of course the most obvious, drink 6-8 8 oz glasses of water a day