Autumn, with its colourful leaves and cooler temperatures, signals a significant change in how we care for our skin. As humidity levels drop and the air becomes crisper, many of us face challenges in maintaining optimal skin health. Dry, flaky skin becomes more common, and for those dealing with eczema, flare-ups can become more frequent and intense. In this blog, we'll explore expert advice to help you combat dryness and effectively manage eczema flare-ups during the autumn months.


Understanding Autumnal Dryness 

Autumn brings a decrease in moisture levels, both indoors and outdoors. This drop in humidity leads to increased water evaporation from the skin, resulting in dryness and dehydration. Additionally, the shift from warm to cool weather can disrupt the skin's moisture balance, leaving it vulnerable to dryness. Factors like central heating and hot showers can further strip the skin of moisture, leaving it dry and irritated.


Strategies to Combat Autumnal Dry Skin

  1. Internal Hydration: Keep your skin hydrated from the inside out by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
  2. Humidifier Use: Incorporate a humidifier into your living space, especially in areas where you spend a lot of time, like bedrooms, to help replenish moisture in the air and prevent excessive dryness.
  3. Moisturise Regularly: Invest in high-quality moisturisers and apply generously after bathing or cleansing to target dry areas and strengthen the skin's moisture barrier. Consider using our Eczema Relief Body Lotion, a premium solution for relieving eczema and nurturing dry, irritated, and itchy skin. Formulated with certified organic Mānuka oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and shea butter, this lightweight and non-greasy lotion is easily absorbed by the skin. It's suitable for relief from eczema prone skin and helps soothe and repair dry, irritated, and itchy skin.
  4. Protective Clothing: Shield your skin from harsh weather conditions by wearing protective clothing such as scarves and gloves to prevent moisture loss and maintain skin integrity.
  5. Limit Hot Showers: Opt for lukewarm showers instead of hot baths, as hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, worsening dryness. Using a Calming Body Wash that delivers exceptional all-over body cleansing to help reduce skin irritation will help.  Also, try to limit the duration of your showers to help preserve moisture.

Managing Eczema Flare-Ups During Autumn

Autumn presents unique challenges for individuals with eczema, including low humidity and cooler temperatures. Effectively managing eczema during this season requires a tailored approach involving skincare and lifestyle adjustments.

  • Consistent Moisturisation: Stick to a regular moisturising routine using fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturisers. Apply generously to damp skin after bathing to lock in moisture. Our Eczema Relief Body Lotion is an excellent option for this purpose.
  • Choose Skin-Friendly Fabrics:Opt for soft, breathable fabrics like cotton to minimise irritation on sensitive skin. Avoid rough textiles that may exacerbate eczema symptoms.
  • Identify Triggers: Identify and avoid triggers that can worsen eczema flare-ups, such as certain fabrics, detergents, or environmental allergens.
  • Gentle Skincare Practices: Opt for shorter, lukewarm showers to prevent irritating eczema-prone skin. Pat your skin dry gently with a soft towel and apply moisturiser immediately to seal in moisture.
  • Consult a Dermatologist: If eczema symptoms persist or worsen despite your efforts, seek advice from a dermatologist for personalised treatment options tailored to your needs.

By following these recommendations and taking a proactive approach to skincare, you can enjoy the beauty of autumn while safeguarding your skin health and effectively managing eczema flare-ups. Embrace the season with confidence and comfort by prioritising your skins well-being.

For authoritative insights on skincare and dermatological expertise, consider consulting the New Zealand DermNZ