Winter is HERE, at least according to Mother Nature. Dry skin and eczema flare ups are right behind winter’s arrival in my house. Here are some tips for skin care in winter to help you combat dry, itchy skin. This is a sponsored post, opinions are my own.
Moisturize! The best time to moisturize is right after your bath or shower. Use a product like Eucerin – one designed for your skin (and unscented to reduce the risk of irritation). Don’t skimp, either – even if your skin looks like it’s not giving you any problems for the day, you should still moisturize regularly so it doesn’t get the chance to act up. This tip works well for eczema as well as psoriasis and xerosis. Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Crème is clinically proven to significantly improve hydration, reduce skin redness, and relieve itchiness. It’s appropriate for both adults and baby skin.
Drink Water. There are so many benefits to drinking water. It helps. Keep it up even when it’s not summertime!
Use a humidifier. Humidifiers restore moisture in the air. I’ve found that keeping moisture levels at about 40% works best for us, but you need to play around with the numbers a bit to see what is perfect for you.
Wear soft, breathable fabrics. Fabrics like cotton are better for your skin that wool or polyester. Stick to clothes that are loose-fitting instead of form-fitting to minimize irritation.
Stay stress-free. Ha! This one is easier said than done, of course, but staying stress-free can help reduce your chances of having an eczema flare up. The same goes for psoriasis, really. Stress doesn’t always affect eczema patients the same way, but studies have shown that reducing stress can reduce break outs.
Use sunblock. Some people don’t think about using sunblock in the winter, but it’s important to lather up if you’re going to be outside – especially for prolonged periods of time. During winter, the sun doesn’t suddenly become less damaging to our skin. Using a sunblock with an SPF of 30 or more is recommended. Don’t forget the SPF lip balm, too!
Chill out. You don’t need to take a cold shower (or bath) by any means, but taking a warm shower instead of a hot one can help your eczema. Keep the shower short, and pat yourself dry instead of rubbing, to keep skin irritation to a minimum. If you experience any irritation, consider switching your soap to something like Eucerin. We’ve all been using