This time of year is always a little dangerous for our skin. It’s cold outside, and that can leave us with sore, chapped skin. Then you come inside and the central heating is turned up, pumping artificial warmth and goodness knows what else into the atmosphere. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that can irritate your skin too. So what can we do? With the absence of lots of beautiful sunshine to help soothe and heal, here are three little natural remedies for dry and itchy skin.
Trust us, this is so important. Stress is known to manifest itself in the skin, and can exacerbate existing skin conditions such as psorasis and eczema too. If your skin is dry and itchy already, then stress and anxiety is only going to make it worse. So, relaxation has to be top of the list, don’t you think?
The key to achieving a relaxed state depends on you. One person’s zen is another person’s hell, so if you hate the idea of a massage that’s fine! Choose an activity that you know will help you to unwind, and make time in your life to do it. For more tips on beating stress, see these ten tips and if yoga is your thing, check out these stress busting moves.
Drink more water!
We cannot stress this enough, and regular readers will know that we often recommend hydration as one of life’s greatest health and beauty tips. And when it comes to your complexion, it makes sense that drinking water is top of the list for treating dry and itchy skin.
Your skin needs lots of hydration and during the winter months lots of moisture is stripped from us by central heating systems. With this in mind, its just as important to drink plenty of water in the colder weather as it is in the summer. Make sure you carry a bottle with you at all times, and skip the late afternoon coffee if you can, as too much caffeine can trigger skin conditions too.
Eat some fat
Yes, you heard us right. Now, we’re not talking deep fried Mars bars or bags of crisps here- we’re talking good fats. What you put into your body is reflected on the outside, and if your skin is dry and itchy there’s a good chance that your diet could benefit from modification. The so called good fats help to control hunger, stabilise the metabolism, and work wonders for your skin, hair and nails too. Fatty acids are responsible for maintaining healthy cell membranes and help skin to keep it’s elasticity too. Foods to go for include:
- Chia seeds
What are your top tips for combating dry and itchy skin?