How to prevent dry itchy skin
Brrrrr! Can you feel the weather change yet? No well, I’ve been living in London recently and let me tell you, it may still be August but autumn is definitely on its way!
Weather changes, especially if they are sudden, can have dramatic effects on our skin. For example, my lips are prone to dryness when the weather changes, so they give me a quick sign that I need moisture and that it’s way to cold to wear those short-shorts to Notting Hill carnival this weekend! Shame!
My lips get dry and I then realize that my whole body is pretty much starving of moisture! This is often a sign/excuse for me to book a holiday to somewhere hot! If I can’t go away then I use the techniques described in my previous post to solve my dry lips, but for my body I use these techniques to prevent dry itchy skin:
- Firstly make sure you are getting the right amount of water, 8 glasses a day for adults, dehydration is the first step to combat and you need to be drinking the right amount in order to properly assess your skins dryness.
- Have a bath, sounds silly but I never have a bath, I’d love to but I am either always running late or just can’t be bothered with the hassle so I opt for a shower. Having a bath with cool or luke warm water, directly lubricates the skin.
- Moisturize straight after your bath or shower. Moisturizers keep the water in and so must been done as soon as you get out. Important point: Don’t over towel dry yourself, pat your self damp dry and then moisturize, try to keep some of that water on your skin whilst you moisturize.
- Use natural oils or moisturizers. Using natural oils are the best lubricants for your skin, olive oils, vegetable oils, coconut oils or pure petroleum jelly. These are cheap and perfect for this kind of problem. They can be greasy but if you can mix your own creams including these products you will have a much more effective moisturizer.
- Opt for super-fat soaps or make your own. A lot of soaps contain lye and this can have a drying effect on your skin. Super-fat soaps contain extra amounts of things like: coconut oil, cocoa butter or lanolin. Learn how to make your own soaps here.
- Keep yourself and your house cool. I know it’s cold, I even had to turn on the central heating last night, but this can stimulate itching and dryness on the skin, so I’m not saying sit the cold, but try to keep the room a little cool instead!
I hope this helps and don’t forget to share your experience below!