To fight household irritants and make your home environment more soothing to your skin, try these practical tips:
DRY SKIN FIXER 1: GLOVES
You may have heard that if you want to keep your age a secret, you should take care of your hands. This means protecting them from harsh household cleaners and dish detergents, which are proven skin irritants.
To keep your dry skin soft and supple, avoid long exposure of hands to these cleaners by covering them with non-latex rubber gloves. Alternatively, when it’s time to scrub, create a double barrier of protection: Wear a pair of rubber gloves overtop a layer of thin, soft cotton ones before you touch a bucket or sponge.
DRY SKIN FIXER 2: POST-SWIM SHOWER AND MOISTURIZERS
One cause of dry, itchy skin isn’t in your home but lurking right outside in the pool: chlorine. The best dry skin treatment when it comes to chlorine-ravaged skin? Chemical-free water. As soon as you or your children step out of the pool, head inside to rinse off with water and mild soap. Then follow up with a mild moisturizer that lists glycerin as the first ingredient. Glycerin helps your skin hold on to moisture more efficiently, thereby preventing future dryness.
DRY SKIN FIXER 3: COCONUT OIL
If you have dry skin, you already know that your age, our environment, and even the time of year can take its toll on your skin. But, did you know that coconut oil – which contains EFAs — essential fatty acids — can help keep your skin hydrated by protecting it from the damaging effects of the environment? Ask your doctor about adding coconut oil to your diet to help keep your skin moisturized. It also can be applied directly to you skin as a great moisturizer.
DRY SKIN FIXER 4: PETROLEUM JELLY
This is commmonly found in our houses. And, for people with sensitive skin that is easily affected by household skin irritants, the best dry skin treatments contain the fewest ingredients.
One such treatment is pure petroleum jelly. When abrasive household products touch skin, they break down the skin’s protective barrier. Then, when you apply a chemical-laden moisturizer on top of an already weakened area, it leads to skin irritation overload — burning, stinging, itching, and redness. Because it contains only one ingredient, petroleum jelly is very gentle on the skin.
As a result, Dermatologists round the globe recommend it as a dry skin soother for all areas of the body, from your lips to your hands to your feet. And because it is so safe and inexpensive, you can apply petroleum jelly as often as you like.
DRY SKIN FIXER 5: OATS (STRANGE?)
If exposure to a household cleaning product has left your skin rough and itchy, simply open your kitchen cabinet for a proven dry skin treatment: oatmeal. Oats have been used to treat dry skin for centuries. But only recently have researchers discovered what eases the itch: chemicals called avenanthramides that fight inflammation and redness.
To maximize the grain’s itch-fighting power, take an oatmeal bath. Grind either quick or old-fashioned oatmeal in a blender and slowly sprinkle it into the tub or bucket of water as the case maybe. Then soak for at least 15 minutes.
DRY SKIN FIXER 6: RAT-FREE ZONE
As unplesssnt as it sounds, one common household skin irritant lives and breathes in most homes. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reported that exposure to microscopic dust mites promotes inflamed, irritated skin.To prevent mite-related itch, regularly vacuum floors and carpets and wash your bedding in hot water at least once a week.
DRY SKIN FIXER 7: HYDRATING HAND SANITIZER
You can’t check out at any super store or walk into a doctor’s office without seeing a dispenser of hand sanitizer these days. And many families also keep sanitizer dispensers all over the house for quick and easy hand cleansing. With the threat of illnesses, hand sanitizer is surely a good thing, both inside your home and out.
What’s not so good is the drying effect these alcohol-based sanitizers have on your hands. So, to keep your hands smooth, look for the hydrating versions that are dermatologist-recommended.
Let’s hear your comments or reviews if you have carried any of these practices before or feedbacks from imbibing them as a new lifestyle secret.