We all want healthy glowing skin but looking after and treating skin problems can seem like an impossible task at times.
According to skincare specialists Salcura, one of the most common skin conditions is eczema. So to help you out, we asked the experts at Salcura for their advice for dealing with eczema.
Here are their top tips for keeping your skin in top condition.
1. Moisturise as much as you can
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 be 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.
2. 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.
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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 a moisturiser - this will help your skin recover from the loss of its natural oils.
6. Wear weather-appropriate 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. In the summer allow your skin to breathe with loose clothing.
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.
7. Moisturise in 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
In the winter try to keep the skin covered as much as possible. Exposure to extreme cold and wind can cause the skin to become drier and more irritated, so protecting it from the elements is essential. Equally, in the summer try to avoid the humid//hot air exposure where possible. Cover your skin with light clothing to avoid the sun irritating delicate skin and avoid the sunlight during peak hours when it's at its hottest.
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