First, let’s talk about some of the causes of dry or itchy skin. Itchy skin can occur all over the body or localised a small area. There are a variety of skin conditions that can lead to itchy skin, some are as simple as dry skin, exposure to an irritant or an insect bite.Other causes of itchy skin include:
If you think that your itchy dry skin might be the symptoms of something, then it’s important to consult a medical professional for advice as soon as possible.
Anyone can wake up with dry, itchy skin, no matter what your age or skin type. You should find a moisturiser that works with your skin, helping to hydrate but not making the problem any worse.
Moisturisers containing glycerine and petroleum jelly, like Vaseline® Advanced Repair body and hand lotions, are good for people with naturally dry skin. The glycerine and micro-droplets of petroleum jelly work together to lock in moisture and provide intensive moisturization to help heal dry skin and repair the skin’s natural barriers.
If you’ve got combination skin, like dry cheeks and an oily T-zone, look for non-comedogenic, water-based lotions. These products hydrate without adding extra grease or clogging pores.
Many things can cause dry, itchy skin, but sometimes it’s because of our own habits. It’s very easy to make dry skin patches worse without even realising it. Anything from harsh soaps and hot showers to extreme weather and the chemicals found in some cosmetics can strip the skin of its natural oils. It’s time to rethink your daily skin care routine.
Look for mild soaps, and lotions made with petroleum jelly and natural ingredients like glycerine. These ingredients can help to reduce the amount of moisture being lost from the skin. And remember, hot water strips the skin of its natural oils a lot quicker than cold water – so take short, warm showers with a moisturising cleanser.
Pure petroleum jelly is very gentle on skin, making it perfect to soothe dry skin on all areas of the body and keep it hydrated at the same time. Choosing a good moisturising lotion containing micro droplets of Vaseline® Jelly will help heal dry skin deep down for fast relief from itchy dryness.
Another alternative is pure Vaseline® Jelly, which forms a protective barrier that seals in the added hydration from moisturisers, plus any natural oils made by your skin – this helps to slow down the natural loss of moisture we experience daily. Because of its triple-purified formula, Vaseline® Jelly can be applied as often as you like to help relieve dry skin patches on the face and body – even under the eyes.
If you find that despite your best efforts to protect and moisturise your skin, you develop a persistent dry skin rash then, consult a doctor for a specialised treatment.
You don’t just need a good moisturiser to protect your skin – it’s also essential to shield it from the elements to prevent flare-ups of dry patches throughout the different seasons.
Cover up in winter with gloves, hats, and scarves and wear sunscreen all year round. Using an SPF moisturizer is a good addition to your daily routine to protect your face from the sun.
There are other lifestyle changes that can help relieve and prevent dry skin – like wearing soft fabrics like 100 percent cotton instead of rough fabrics that could irritate the skin further, or eating foods high in omega-3, such as fish, flax, and walnuts. The essential fatty acids in these foods can help boost the skin’s natural barriers that retain oil.
Healthy, hydrated skin can be achieved if we spend a little time perfecting our daily skin care routine. Using the right combination of dry skin remedies, we can work to lock in moisture, keep it there, and protect the skin from common causes of dryness. The result? Truly radiant skin.