Tips to Soothe Dry Itchy Skin – part 2

How is your skin doing this winter? Is it more challenging during the winter months to keep your skin smooth, soft and hydrated? You are not alone! Dry air, heat, dehydrating coffee, heavier clothing rubbing your skin, hot baths and showers, drinking less water, all contribute to dry, itchy, skin.

“Dry  itchy skin develops when the natural oils and moisture present in the skin are removed,” says Paul M. Friedman, M.D., director of the Dermsurgery Laser Center in Houston, Texas. “Oils on the skin are constantly being removed every time the skin touches something.”


Stick to a healthy routine to soothe skin and stop itching in its tracks.
Dry skin is a very common skin condition characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis.

“Think of how the ground looks parched without rain – dry and cracked – and how it appears after rain, which quenches its thirst,” says Peggy A. Fuller, M.D., a dermatologist at Esthetics Center for Dermatology in Charlotte, N.C.

Keep your skin moist from the inside. Minimum recommendation is to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of purified water daily, can include herb teas. Avoiding too much caffeine is suggested, as caffeine dehydrates your cells.

More Tips for helping alleviate dry itchy skin –

Apply a moisturizing body lotion immediately after bathing/showering. Excellent choice for an all natural , without hormone altering chemicals, is Ultra Hydrating Hand/Body Creme Take fewer showers and bathe with cool water.

Ultra Hydrating Hand/Body Cream

Ultra Hydrating Hand/Body Cream

Don’t use an alcohol-based toner, they strip the skin of moisture.

Crank up the humidifier during the central heating season to help get rid of dry skin. Use a humidifier or try putting a tray of water on your radiator or near your vents.

Protect your skin with daily sunscreen year round, remember skin cancer is the #1 cancer.

Apply cold compresses directly to itchy skin to reduce inflammation and itching. Pure coconut oil is  a simple treatment, safe for children.

The elderly are more prone to dry skin than younger people, please remember to help or remind them to drink water and moisturize with non-toxic lotions.

Basic dry skin prevention also includes avoidance of harsh soaps and chemical cleansers. Wear gloves and proper protection against cold, windy weather.

I hope these tips and gentle reminders will help you keep your skin healthy, soft and smooth and avoid “dry, itchy, skin”!

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