Sunday, November 23, 2008

Winter Itch

Winter brings holidays, building snowmen, sledding, hot chocolate, sitting by a fireplace, and the dreaded "winter itch". The winter itch can not only be annoying but it can also be painful for some. We need to take extra special care of our skin in the winter to avoid this. The first step is to educate ourselves. Having a daughter with eczema, I have researched this thoroughly and I want to share everything I know with you.

Dry skin is caused by lack of water, taking hot showers, having the heat on in the house, and using a deodorant soap or cleanser . In the winter the air is dry, evaporating the moisture on our skin. The hotter the shower, the more water we take out of our skin. When we turn the heat on in the house, it drys out the air around us and the water from our skin evaporates easily, leaving our skin dry.

To help prevent winter itch leave a pan or glass of water out in your house to add moisture in the air or you can use a humidifier, drink lots of water to hydrate from the inside out, use a moisturizing cleanser, such as our bath butter which is made with sweet almond oil. Take lukewarm showers not lasting more than 15 minutes, apply a moisturizer immediately afterward, while the skin is still wet. Do not scratch your skin if itchy, this causes more damage. Place a cool cloth on the itchy area to sooth the itch.

Use Touch'd sugar scrub 2-3 times per week. The sugar will gently exfoliate dead skin cells while the medicinal oils penetrate into the skin to help the healing process, as well as, adding much needed moisture. Sugar scrubs will not dry out your skin like a salt scrub.

note: If you have persistent dry skin, scaling, itching, skin growths that concern you, or other rashes, see your dermatologist -- not only in winter but throughout the year (

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