Stop Scratching! Sooth Your Itchy Dry Skin
Was something I asked my dermatologist a few years ago. I have eczema and sensitive skin. I have to constantly try out new lotions, body washes and other methods to avoid scratching myself to death while avoiding a breakout. Here are a few suggestions to help you if you feel my pain.
1. Use Cooler Water Temperatures
When taking a shower hot water quickly dries out your skin and do not allow moisturizing body washes to do their jobs effectively. Try a few settings with temperatures you feel comfortable with.
2. Lock In Moisture
Use lotions or body oils after taking a shower to help lock in the moisture.
3. Moisturize Religiously
One with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E or Oatmeal should do the trick for dry skin. These lotions get me through the day and stops me from constant scratching.
|Aveeno Active Naturals (Daily Moisture /Skin Relief)||Does an amazing job of soothing my irritated skin.|
|Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair
|A thick lotion that does the trick for harsh winters; I only use this one in the winter. Use after a shower.|
|Gold Bond Triple Action Relief||Has a strong cooling sensation but works wonders! I would suggest using this before bed, after taking a shower.|
|Olay Ultra Moisture In-Shower Body Lotion||Quick to apply and rinse off!|
4. Throw That Pouf Away (Frequently)
Bath poufs are great for lathering up. Over time the residue from body washes get caked up and can leave a dirty residue on your skin. Make sure your bath pouf is used for no more than a month. Get a new one if you notice the residue.
5. Skip the Bars of Soap
Use a moisturizing body wash. In the winter you need all the help you can get. Bar soap will only further dry your skin out. Don’t let advertisers fool you into believing they are just as moisturizing as body washes…they are not, trust me. Here are some of my favorite body washes.
Aveeno Active Naturals (Daily Moisture /Skin Relief)
|Does an amazing job of soothing my irritated skin.|
|Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash||Provides great moisture and has my favorite ingredient…shea butter!|
Dove Cream Oil Body Wash
|Smells amazing and provides great moisture.|
6. Wash Towels Frequently
If you use a washcloth make sure it is used for no more than 3-4 days. If there is poor ventilation in your bathroom mildew will set in your towels (this goes for your bath towel too, yuck)! Make sure the wash cloth is white. The dyes in colored wash clothes can irritate skin and could make your dry skin worse.
7. Shop at Your Kitchen
If you don’t have access to a moisturizing lotion or body wash? Take a trip to your kitchen and pick up some olive, avocado or coconut oil. You can mix these oils in with your moisturizing body wash or use after you get out of the shower. In inexpensive way to get the moisture you need!
***NOTE: Water and oil is a slippery combination. Take proper precautions by installing a non-slip mat in your shower and place a rug on the bathroom floor.
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