Believe me when I tell you that I understand the discomfort of dry skin due to eczema. There have been days when I wore long sleeves, even in the summer, just to keep from scratching the life out of my arms.
Here are our 5 best tips to relieve dry skin:
- Use emollients or body butters several times per day. The lipids (fatty acids) in butters (shea and mango) restore skin lipids, elasticity, boost natural skin regeneration, and increase skin hydration by forming a protective barrier.
- Avoid harsh soaps that tend to irritate your skin. Use gentle, oil-based moisturizing soaps.
- Limit shower time and use warm water. Hot water dries your skin and robs its natural oils.
- Pat yourself dry after showering/bath and moisturize with a body oil to instantly soothe dry skin. Fatty acids in oils help moisturize, heal, nourish, restore elasticity, and protect skin.
- Soak in a warm goat’s milk bath. Goat’s milk is moisturizing to your skin and will not dry it out due to the essential fatty acids and triglycerides.
And here’s a bonus tip: avoid scratching. I know it’s easier said than done, but your skin will thank you. Scratching causes open sores that invite viruses, bacteria, and fungi to enter the skin. This can result in an infection.
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