Years ago, when I lived in an extremely dry climate, I suffered from dry, itchy skin. Dry, itchy skin not only impacts on your daily life, as you never quite feel comfortable, it can be miserable and painful for people who suffer from it. If you have dry, itchy skin there are several things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and these quick tips will help.
Don’t Use Soap On Your Face – When I lived in a dry climate, my face used to itch after I got out of the shower and my skin would flake if I scratched it too much. Then I learned that using soap on my face was contributing to the problem, when a dermatologist told me to switch to a facial cleanser instead.
Facial cleansers are creamy and mild on your skin. They don’t strip your skin of natural oils and make it itch. Instead, they cleanse your face while soothing it too. So quit using soap on your face and switch to a mild facial cleanser. You’ll see results quickly.
Use Moisturizer or Baby Oil Every Day – One of my friends, who had dry itchy skin, always moisturized her entire body with baby oil after she got out of the shower. Of course, it’s time consuming but it leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft and, with all that oil, there’s not a chance you’ll ever have dry skin again. Don’t forget though, it works better right after a hot shower, as your pores are open and it absorbs better.
Once rubbed in, wipe off the excess with tissues and you’re ready to go. Plus, if you want to smell nice, you can add a drop or two of perfume to it as well.
If baby oil seems too greasy to you, use a body cream instead to moisturize your entire body. Remember though, buy one that’s hypo-allergenic as, if you develop an allergy to a cream, you could end up worse off than when you started. Do it every day, from head to foot, and your dry, itchy skin will soon be a thing of the past.
Do Intense Moisturizing At Night – When I lived in a dry environment, I found doing an intensive moisturizing every night got rid of my dry, itchy skin in less than a week. Before I went to bed every night, I covered my entire body, including my hands and feet with a thick, heavy cream. Then I dressed in a long-sleeved t shirt, baggy pajama pants, socks and cotton gloves. This keeps the cream on your body and prevents it getting all over your bed sheets. I also used old sheets and pillowcases, so the cream didn’t spoil anything.
While you’re sleeping, the intensive moisturizing cream goes to work soothing dry, itchy skin, leaving it soft and moist. After the first week I did this just two or three times a month, which maintained my soft, moisturized skin and banished my dry, itchy, flaky skin.
Cool Down Your Shower Water – Many westerners love hot, steamy showers which, if you have dry skin, are just about the worst thing you can do for it. Hot water dries your skin by removing needed nutrients and oils. Cool down your shower water to lukewarm and you’ll see a big difference in your skin’s moisture. In fact, the people I know who have the prettiest skin take cold showers, as cold showers get you clean but leave all the good stuff your skin needs to be healthy behind.
If you have dry, itchy skin, you can get rid of it without an expensive visit to your doctor. A little extra moisturizer, less soap and colder water can go a long way to curing you of this condition and making you feel more comfortable in your own body.