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Conquering Winter's Chill:

How to Soothe Dry Eczema on Hands and Feet

Dry skin
Minor Skin Problems

When winter comes knocking most of us envision warm jackets, boots, cozy fires, and hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows. However, for those dry eczema sufferers, the arrival of winter brings mostly skin discomfort and frustration. Eczema can be a confidence stealer, feeling embarrassed; a chain reaction of hiding your hands and feet from prying eyes.


The cold weather can irritate eczema symptoms, leaving hands and feet feeling severely dry, itchy, red, and inflamed. This can be very painful. But with the right care and attention, you can help soothe your winter woes and reclaim comfort and confidence in your skin.


The impact of cold weather and air on eczema:


Cold weather poses several challenges for individuals with eczema:


1. During winter, the air tends to be drier indoors and outdoors, but keep in mind the intensity of dryness may vary from province to province. Drier air could lead to increased moisture loss from the skin. This can leave the skin feeling irritated and dry.


2. Cold winds can strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt the skin barrier, making it more susceptible to irritation and inflammation.


3. While a hot shower can be tempting, extended skin exposure to hot water can further dehydrate the skin and worsen eczema symptoms.


Soothing Strategies for Winter Eczema


1. The key to combating dry eczema in winter is hydration. Invest in a rich moisturizer and apply it liberally to your hands and feet throughout the day, paying extra attention to areas prone to dryness. Look for products containing ingredients that can soothe and heal, like Zinc, Geranium, shea butter, glycerine, ceramides, and calendula [LP2] to lock in moisture and repair the skin barrier.


2.  When choosing a cleanser; opt for mild, fragrance-free cleansers when washing your hands and feet. Harsh soaps can further strip the skin of its natural oils. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing it vigorously.


3. Protect your hands and feet from the elements. Consider layering cotton gloves over moisturized hands before putting on thicker gloves for added protection.


4. Combat dry indoor air by using a humidifier in your home or office. A humidifier can help replenish moisture in the air, preventing your skin from drying out and easing eczema symptoms.


5. Be mindful of possible irritants that can exacerbate eczema, such as harsh cleaning products, wool fabrics, and incorrect skincare products. Rather use sensitive skincare alternatives whenever possible to minimize irritation.


6. If your eczema symptoms persist, don't hesitate to ask a dermatologist or healthcare professional for advice. They can provide personalized recommendations and treatment options tailored to your specific needs.


While winter weather may pose challenges for those with dry eczema, it's important to remember that relief is within reach. By adopting a gentle skincare routine, prioritising hydration, and protecting your skin from the elements, you can soothe winter eczema flare-ups and enjoy the season to the fullest. So, bundle up, embrace the beauty of winter, and let your skin shine – even in the coldest days.



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