Chronic problems with dry itchy skin can drive you crazy! Dry weather, poor diet, cleaning products, soaps and ageing are a few of the culprits of the problem.
Diet plays an important role in every part of your body. Make sure your drinking enough water.Keeping your body hydrated helps every part of your body including the largest organ in your body, the skin.Eating foods high in Omega 3 and essential fatty acids, like fresh fish and flax seed have shown to improve skin's appearance and texture as well.Also take Vitamin E for an added boost of natural oils to combat the dryness.
Externally Vitamin E is the only vitamin proven to improve the skin so look for skin care products that are high in Vitamin E oils.You can even use Vitamin E capsules and break one open and apply it directly to your worst areas.
Stay away from creams that contain ingredients that are made to break down the skin for a chemical exfoliation.Instead of removing dead dry skin they can actually cause your skin to dry out even more.These are ingredients like Retinol, Alpha and Beta Hydroxyl Acids and Alpha Lipoic Acids.If you experience dryness or redness after using these products, look for a product without or with a lower concentration of these ingredients.Look for ingredients that are natural like natural oils derived from plants, beeswax, herbal extracts, water and glycerin.
When you first get out of the shower, apply baby oil or mineral oil all over to seal in moisture.Moisturize your skin every day with a lotion as well.
Avoid long hot showers which can dry your skin as well as harsh soaps. If your soap leaves your skin feeling tight and dry, then it is too strong for you. Your skin should feel soft and supple after cleansing so experiment with milder cleansers. Antibacterial cleansers contain high levels of alcohol as well so limit usage to when you really need them.
Use a humidifier in your home to keep the moisture levels in the air at a comfortable level.Even if you just keep a humidifier in your bedroom, you should notice a big difference in time.
Choose clothing made from natural cotton or silk fibers that allow your skin to breath. Avoid fibers that irritate like wool and artificial fibers that don't allow sufficient air flow.
Sometimes an overload of chemicals and irritants can actually cause dry skin issues.Stay as close to natural as possible in your ingredients and be kind to your skin.