Many of us suffer with dry skin despite doing all the right things, or at least we think we are!
Dry skin is more common than ever due to the enviroment, sun exposure and pollution
We have put together some additional things you can do to help ease this irritating problem.
- Washing your clothes, what do you use? Many washing powders, liquids can aggravate many skin conditions. Make sure you use a gentle formula ideal for sensitive skin & eczema suffers. Granted we all love that fresh smell from our laundry, but remember it isn’t always helping our skin, don’t live with the problem of itchy skin created by our clothes.
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2. Hydration, we all realise the benefit of good hydration. Drinking a minimum of 2 litres a day will help all aspects of your body repair & recovery. But for many simply drinking plain water become tedious. We recommend trying and at least drink 1 litre and balance the rest of the liquid intake we need with other forms of drinks. But avoid to much caffeine, try more herbal infused drinks. Avoid high sugar content water additives, read the labels if you do purchase water infusion products. Try natural infusions with your water, lemon, cucumber, ginger & turmeric make an exceedingly long list of things we already have at home. Just to zing up that drink. Some great tips and recipes in the link below, simple to make so try until you find the one you love.
3. Bathing or Showering, if you have dry or sensitive skin over washing or hot water can aggravate the condition. Whilst we all love a hot bath or shower, that warming feeling is without doubt a feel-good moment. However, if the water is to hot it will dry the skin. Especially during colder weather, we are drawn to hot water when washing. However, this damages the skin. Extreme dry skin can develop into more serious conditions like skin inflammation and may even increase eczema. If you suffer with dry skin conditions, try to ensure the water is lukewarm and to help avoid feeling cold ensure you heat the room before washing. Never aggressively towel dry after washing, ensure to pat dry your skin. Also ensure to use mild soaps, gels & shampoo to help avoid dry itchy skin. Remember your skin starts to lose moisture 30 seconds after washing, so its important to lock in that moisture. Ensure to apply your moisturiser or serum as required, especially in the most affected areas.
4. You are what you eat as never been truer when it comes to your skin. Poor diet & over processed foods lead to many health issues, skin being one of them. Our skin needs foods that help maintain its natural balance. Omega oils, especially no 3,6 & 9. These are easily obtained from fish, flax and hemp seeds. Adding a tablespoon of these seeds to your juice or smoothie is proven to help the skins repair & recovery. Try to buy quality fish and non-processed. Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna & Herring are full of the right fatty oils to help our skin. If you’re not a fish lover there are alternative seeds, nuts & oils you can add into your daily diet easily, plus supplements. Remember when taking supplements check with your doctor first.
5. Sleep or the lack of damages our overall wellbeing. But in the case of our skins recovery this can be more damaging than you realise. As we sleep our blood flow increases, and our largest organ the skin produces collagen to help repair from UV exposure. Collagen helps reduce wrinkles, dark spots, and many other conditions as we sleep. On average the body needs 7 to 9 hours sleep each day. Not easy for many of us, work, stress, lifestyle the list is long. Before sleep try to avoid the screen in all its formats, especially blue light from phones and computers. Avoid looking at bright screens two to three hours before bed. If this proves difficult, consider wearing blue-blocking glasses or installing an app that filters the blue/green wavelength at night.
But remember Feeling exhausted is no excuse for ignoring your general skin routines, including cleansing your face before bed. Be sure to remove all makeup as well, as foundation and other skin-covering which may plug the pores and prevent skin from breathing overnight. Take a few minutes before bed and wash with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Remember to be gentle when washing & treating your skin.
Try to drink a relaxing drink 1 hour before bedtime, green tea, sugar free cocoa or a malt drink can help aid sleep. Avoid caffeine at least 3 hours before sleep