Dry skin affects millions of people worldwide, and there are many external factors that can cause it - from swimming to air travel, working with chemicals or even just living in a colder climate.
As we are now settling into the winter months you may find that your dry skin, eczema or psoriasis flare-ups occur more frequently or get worse. For dry skin sufferers, this can mean itching, flaking and the general discomfort that comes with the bitter cold. The main cause of these flare ups is the dry air combined with indoor heating systems, simply preventing your skin from keeping itself moist. Flare-ups can also be caused by wearing too many layers of clothing, taking hot baths, or using too many bed coverings. These are all things you are more likely to do during the cold winter months.
Here at Salcura, we thought we’d share our top tips on how to keep dry skin at bay this winter. Here they are:
- Up your moisturisation game
It’s a given fact that if you have dry skin, it’s important to moisturise regularly. But during the winter, a once daily application can seem insufficient to keep skin soft and comfortable. Try moisturising in the morning and in the evening, particularly before bed, to allow the skin to drink up the moisture while you sleep. If your skin is particularly dry, carry a travel size of your favourite moisturiser with you.
- Drink plenty of water
This goes without saying, but for many of us it can be a difficult one to do. Try keeping a bottle of water at your desk, in the car, in your handbag, on your bedside table, anywhere that you know you’re going to see it and -hopefully- drink it! There are also apps and fitness trackers that remind you when it’s time to have another glass of water.
- Eat more fats
It’s common to try and avoid eating too much fat in your diet, but healthy fats such as avocados, nuts and unprocessed oils provide essential nutrients, such as omega 3 and 6, that can help the skin to retain moisture. Try adding some sliced avocado to your salad or add some pumpkin seeds to your porridge!
- Keep your shower short
It’s recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology that you must “Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes.” This is due to the fact that water can remove oil from your skin, drying it out and leaving it with less protection.
Showers can also expose your skin to many dozens of synthetic chemicals. Many shower gels and shampoos can contain unnatural and, in some cases, harmful ingredients to those with sensitive skin, unlike our products.
If you’re a gym goer, or just generally an active person, you may choose to shower twice a day or more. However, if you suffer from dry skin, try to limit this to once a day, as washing excessively can strip the skin of its natural -and moisturising- oils.
- Finish your shower correctly
Many of us don’t realise that straight after leaving the shower our skin is actually very dry, even if it’s dripping with shower water. This is due to the natural oils being washed away. It’s recommended that you gently blot yourself with a towel rather than scratching it across the skin to avoid further harm to the skin.
Once you’ve dried yourself, cover your skin in moisturiser - this will help your skin recover from the loss of its natural oils.
- Wear warmer clothing
It is commonly known that cold weather can lead to severely dry skin. This can be a big problem for those who may work in cold areas, whether it is simply the climate of the area they work in or their workplace needing to have low temperatures, like food storage for example.
Try to wear more natural and softer fabrics like cotton or silk, as these are less irritating to the skin and are less likely to agitate already itchy and dry skin. Layering up is always a good idea, but make sure your skin can still ‘breathe.’ Also try avoiding harsh washing detergents, as these can also cause irritation and further dry out the skin.
- Moisturise the air
Those who commonly use air travel should know that dry and recycled air can cause dry skin, which can in some cases cause conditions like Acne and Eczema to flare up.
If you feel that the air in your workplace or home is far too dry, it may be a good idea to use a humidifier.
Also, for those among us who may forget to bring a scarf, or are afraid of hat hair: try to keep the skin covered as much as possible. Exposure to the extreme cold and wind can cause the skin to become drier and more irritated, so protecting it from the elements is essential.
For those of you who feel they may need a bit of extra help with your skin. Our products deeply nourish your skin but are also incredibly gentle, making them suitable for those who may be prone to eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis.
Use our unique & award-winning 2 step Spray-Cream Therapy System with our Dermaspray Intensive & Zeoderm Skin Repair Moisturiser to achieve maximum results.
Our Bioskin Zeoderm Skin Repair Moisturiser is our best-selling deep nourishment cream for anyone with dry to severely dry skin. The powerful ingredients in this cream will allow the skin to regain strength to find a healthy balance. For years now our Bioskin Dermaspray Intensive has been a saviour to anyone with severely dry and itchy skin. The fine liquid of the Spray sinks deep into the skin feeding it all it needs to become stronger and healthier. The Spray application makes the product easy to use as it is non-greasy, and it does not need rubbing in. It can also be applied on larger parts of the body or even on more difficult to reach areas, like the itchy scalp. Find out more about our Bioskin range here.
We also have a Bioskin range for children, Bioskin Junior, which you can find here.