Winter and our skin our not very good friends. Some would say that they are more like enemies. Why is that? Winter makes our skin dry, which can trigger eczema or worsen its symptoms.
Here are some wintertime tips that can help us to better manage and ease the symptoms of eczema:
- Moisturize: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. The key to keeping your skin healthy is keeping it hydrated and moisturized. Use moisturizing hand creams and soaps frequently. This with help you not only avoid getting dry skin and skin rashes, as well as help ease any existing eczema symptoms. Hydrate your body and hands after every shower as well.
- Let the humidifier hum: Heating systems tend to make the atmosphere very dry, which means that they make moisture levels drop. Low moisture can make your skin feel dry, which is not ideal when it comes to eczema. To help with that, use a humidifier. That way you will keep your house warm and moist.
- Limit bath time: Spending too much time under the hot running water may be very relaxing, but it is not good for your skin. Experts say that our bathing routine should change during the different times of the year. Keeping your shower time short during the winter can be very helpful when it comes to keeping your eczema at bay. As much as you like sitting under the hot running water, you should try to shorten the time of your showers.
- Glove up: Hand eczema causes your skin to crack deeply, which can lead to skin peeling and blisters. Wearing gloves will protect your hands from the cold, which can only worsen the symptoms. Try avoiding wool gloves since they can be itchy and cause irritation.
- Skip harsh soaps: Choose gentle skin cleansers, which can help soothe winter skin and eczema. Avoid antibacterial soap or scented soaps that contain alcohol or any other irritants. You can also look for non-soap cleansers.
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