Tips to avoid dry, itchy skin

Tips to avoid dry, itchy skin

Itchy skin can be caused by various environmental triggers, such as dry air, hot water, irritants, allergens, sun exposure, and temperature changes. Dry, itchy skin is not only uncomfortable but can also be a sign of skin irritation, which can lead to more serious skin problems. To reduce the chances of skin irritation and maintain healthy, glowing skin throughout the year, follow these top 5 skincare tips for preventing, soothing, and treating dry, itchy skin. From moisturizing regularly to using a humidifier, keeping it gentle, and updating your skincare routine, these tips will help you avoid dry, itchy skin and reduce skin irritation.

Causes of dry itchy skin

There are several environmental triggers that can cause itchy skin. Some of the most common include:

  1. Dry air: Low humidity levels can cause skin to become dry and itchy, particularly during the winter months or in arid climates.
  2. Hot water: Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause it to become dry and itchy.
  3. Irritants: Certain substances can irritate the skin and cause itching, including soaps, detergents, perfumes, and cosmetics.
  4. Allergens: Allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and pet dander can cause itching and other allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
  5. Sun exposure: Exposure to the sun can dry out the skin and cause itching, particularly in individuals with sensitive skin or those who are prone to sunburn.
  6. Temperature changes: Rapid changes in temperature, such as going from a hot to a cold environment, can cause the skin to become dry and itchy.

How can you tell if skin irritation is triggered by external or internal factors?

It can be difficult to determine whether skin irritation is triggered by external or internal factors without the help of a healthcare provider. However, there are a few clues that can provide some insight into the underlying cause of skin irritation:

  1. Timing: If skin irritation occurs immediately after exposure to a potential irritant, such as a new skincare product or an environmental allergen, this suggests that an external factor may be the cause.
  2. Location: The location of skin irritation can provide some clues as to the underlying cause. For example, if the irritation is concentrated in areas that are frequently exposed to irritants, such as the hands or face, this may suggest an external cause. On the other hand, if the irritation is widespread or concentrated in areas that are not typically exposed to irritants, such as the back or stomach, an internal cause may be more likely.
  3. Symptoms: The presence of other symptoms, such as hives, swelling, or respiratory symptoms, may indicate an allergic reaction to an external allergen. On the other hand, if the skin irritation is accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue or joint pain, an internal cause may be more likely.

Can dry skin cause irritation?

There are a few signs that can help determine if skin irritation is caused by dry skin:

  1. Itching: Dry skin often feels itchy, which can be a symptom of skin irritation.
  2. Redness: Dry skin can become red and inflamed, particularly in areas that are frequently exposed to irritants.
  3. Flaking or scaling: Dry skin can appear flaky or scaly, particularly in areas such as the legs, arms, and scalp.
  4. Roughness: Dry skin can feel rough or bumpy to the touch, particularly in areas such as the elbows or knees.
  5. Tightness: Dry skin can feel tight or uncomfortable, particularly after washing or exposure to water.

Here are Sonya’s top 5 tips for reducing dry itchy skin

Moisturize regularly: Dry skin is a common cause of itchiness, so it's important to keep your skin hydrated by applying a moisturizer regularly. Choose a moisturizer that is gentle, lightweight, and apply it after bathing or washing your face to lock in moisture. 

Recommended: Nano Hydrator; Lightweight daily moisturizing absorbs fast and five 12 hour moisture protection. 

Use a humidifier

A humidifier can be effective at reducing skin irritation, particularly if the irritation is caused by dry air. Dry air can cause the skin to become dry, itchy, and irritated, and a humidifier can help add moisture back into the air and prevent these symptoms from occurring.

Keep it Gentle

Many soaps, face cleansers and shampoos are created use detergents to strip oil from our skin or scalp. Opt for versions without detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate, or look for products that are labeled “sulfate free.” 

Recommended:  Sensi Wash - Milky gentle wash with calming oat extract. Sulfate free. 

Minimize Hot Showers
Hot showers or baths may feel like a nice way to warm up. But hot water depletes our skin’s moisture, causing dryness and irritation. Opt for shorter showers using warm water and apply  face oil while your skin is still damp for optimum absorption and to lock in moisture.

Recommended: Organic Omega Oil; Rich in essential skin nourishing Omega 3. 

Get the most of your beauty sleep

moisturizer for dry itchy winter skin

This is the perfect time to add a richer cream at night, such as a barrier repair balm, or to sleep with an overnight mask which helps keep skin moisturized while you sleep. You don’t need to swap out your entire regimen; just add a few key items to strengthen your skins moisture barrier. 

Recommend: Blue Butterfly Balm, Omega Overnight Sculpting Mask

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