Keep your skin prepared with these helpful skin care tips for treating eczema.
Many people in the U.S. are getting more than they bargained for this winter:
Northern states are getting snowed in and coping with unusual ice storms and
those who live in moderate climes like Florida and Southern California are breaking
out their winter sweaters and coats. This weather is especially hard on those
with dry skin and eczema. The good news is that there are several very effective
steps you can take toward successful dry skin and eczema skin care treatment
and prevention. Here are the highlights:
- Keep your pH balanced inside and out. A body that is too acidic
tries to eliminate toxins through the skin. Skin that is too acidic becomes
dry and cracked. Eczema flares can result from both. How do you keep your
pH balanced? To handle the problem internally, get a pH testing kit from the
drug store and adjust your diet appropriately. You can check the internet
for the pH factor of various foods. Externally, avoid skin care products containing
perfumes and fragrances. Natural or not, fragrances tend to be acidic and
cause dry skin.
- Ensure your diet contains adequate amounts of essential fatty acids
(EFA's). Before the introduction of steroids such as hydrocortisone, EFAs
were the primary eczema treatment. They are natural anti-inflammatories and
contain vital nutrients. Old fashioned cod liver oil will give you enough
Omega 3. Find a brand that uses fish from a mercury-free environment. Borage
and evening primrose oils are high in Omega 6. If you're going to use a supplement
that contains all the EFA’s, make sure they are properly balanced.
- Stay dry and hydrated. The moisture that's good for the skin is
the body's natural water content, not water from external sources. So, while
you keep the body hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine
and other dehydrating substances, you have to keep the skin from getting and
staying wet. Wearing silk liners under outdoor gloves will help - silk dries
very quickly so your hands don't sit in wet gloves - and when you're handling
household chemicals such as dish detergents and cleaning products, rubber
gloves are the answer.
- Use a shielding lotion. This breakthrough technology in skin care
is now recommended by thousands of doctors for dry skin care and eczema treatment.
It bonds with the outer layer of the skin to form a protective layer that
locks in natural moisture, keeps out drying chemicals and protects your skin
from harsh winter weather.