Skincare tips for eczema and dry skin
A change in seasons can affect your body, and especially your skin, in many ways. Even though we’re almost in Spring there’s still a bit of Winter left. The dry air and wind means we’re still experiencing means there’s less humidity which means that your skin is left feeling dry and flaky, with sore cracked lips and heels. The same thing happens because of the heating in our homes, schools and offices drying out our skin and leaving it tight and dull. Changes in the temperature, like when you leave your warm house into the cold air outside, can cause the little blood vessels in your face to swell, causing red, blotchy skin (red skin). If you also indulged a little during winter and ate unhealthily, this could lead to acne breakouts.
Winter and change-of-season skin isn’t bad just because it looks dull and feels uncomfortable but having dry skin can also lead to cracks and callouses (hard skin) - which can actually get infected. Skin drying up and changing through the seasons can also make skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis (an autoimmune skin disease) worse.
Of course, you don’t need to put up with this, Choma, there are loads of ways you can combat the effects of season changes on your body. Here are a few:
The number one thing to remember is to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and healthy drinks. A nice cup of Rooibos tea is not only a good option when it comes to healthy drinks, it also does wonders to warm you up on a cold evening.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Moisturising is important, but in winter, it’s even more so. Choose your creams or lotions carefully and remember that winter skin can be super sensitive so you may need a product with anti-inflammatory ingredients like chamomile or green tea in it to soothe itching and irritation. Remember to moisturise your whole body and pay special attention to your hands, heels and elbows. You can try using a thicker moisturiser here. Make sure it’s oil-based to trap in more moisture.
Dry lips are painful and irritating, invest in a good lip balm to keep them soft and healthy. If your lips get really bad you can try using coconut oil or Zam-Buk.
Keep up the sunscreen
I know you’re thinking that this isn’t necessary for late winter, early spring, but trust me, the sun can still cause a fair amount of damage. Better to be safe than sorry.
Stay covered up
Scarves, beanies, gloves; cold and overcast weather is a time to enjoy all these things. They have the added benefit of keeping your skin protected while keeping you snug. Just watch what you wear, certain materials can irritate already sensitive skin and trigger reactions, especially if you’re prone to eczema.
I know there’s nothing nicer than a long hot bath or shower when the weather is cold outside, but believe it or not, this actually dries out your skin. Rather take a warm bath, and remember to apply moisturiser immediately afterwards while you’re still damp, to lock in the moisture.
Watch what you eat
Your body is working overtime to keep you healthy this winter so give it a hand with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Milk and nuts, and even fish are also good sources of nutrients to keep your skin healthy.
The change of seasons can really get you down when it comes to your skin, but if you follow these tips Choma, you can look forward to beautiful skin in every season.
If you need advice or help, remember that you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657)
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