The cooler weather combined with room heating and low humidity can dry out your skin and inflame skin conditions. We’ve all had those days, weeks or even months when our skin seems to be a law to itself. Having upset, dry, red or inflamed skin can be very frustrating. When you are seeking Winter eczema relief, try the following tips.
So, if your skin is inflamed, or just throwing an ‘ I’m over winter’ tantrum, it’s time to sit down and spend some time coming up with a soothing skincare strategy to restore calm and hydration. We’ve put together our Top 5 Tips to help keep your skin hydrated daily and reduce winters effects on your eczema or itchy, dry skin.
- Use natural skincare products. If you have eczema (or other itchy skin conditions) you may be prone to sensitive skin that reacts easily to particular ingredients. So, it’s time to analyse your skincare ingredients and see if there is anything you’re using that could be aggravating your skin. Are you sensitive to alcohol, fragrances or preservatives? Even natural ingredients can irritate the skin so make sure you look for ingredients that are calming, hydrating and can help to repair damage and regenerate our skin (such as those found in our Body Lotion and Hand Cream like calendula, rosehip, jojoba, shea butter and manuka oil) can help to ease the symptoms of eczema or other itchy skin conditions.
- Moisturise daily. Don’t be afraid to use the right oils on your body and face daily. Skincare designed for itchy skin made with organic rosehip and jojoba oil are excellent for restoring balance to upset skin. Jojoba oil is very close in composition to the skin’s own natural oils, so it’s ideal as a moisturiser. Alongside jojoba oil, rosehip oil is fantastic for irritated, or acne-prone or oily skin – all of which will not exacerbate your skin problems but rather soothe and settle them. Our Body Lotion is a great all-round cream for skin ailments, infused with manuka oil (which is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) which is great at promoting healing and soothing dry, irritated skin. If your skin needs extra moisture then our Hand Cream is superb for cracked heels, dry elbows, and as a night cream.
- What’s your itchy skin trigger? If you know that you tend to get an eczema rash around specific allergens or triggers — maybe it’s a food allergy or that dust mites or pet dander aggravates your skin — continue to take steps to manage the allergens. Another factor that can aggravate your skin is your choice of clothing. Avoid synthetic clothing and opt to wear natural fabrics next to your skin.
- Check your gut. A healthy balanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, is always going to benefit your skin. In winter your skin is getting a reduced amount of vitamin D that the skin can synthesise to support healing. You might also like to try taking a good zinc and magnesium supplement to help repair the skin from the inside.
- Avoid washing detergents. It’s time to ditch commercial washing powders for good. They are filled with so many skin-irritating chemicals and toxins that irritated your already inflamed skin. Use kinder, natural alternatives like Soapnuts and natural washing powders which are game changers for those with sensitive skin and better for the environment too. You can read more about those here