If you suffer with any kind of skin condition especially dry skin related, it can really flare up at this time of year. There are many things that you can do to protect your skin this winter and reduce itchy skin and minimising the damage of scratching.
Psoriasis affects over 100,000 people in Ireland. The condition causes the skin to become itchy, dry, scaly and sometimes can be very painful. Psoriasis is commonly found in areas such as knees, elbows, back and scalp. It can be managed with medication and a good diet. Overuse of steroid creams however, may lead to the skin thinning out. This will further impede the skin’s natural ability to fight bacteria and breaking down the skin’s defence barrier. Allergens will be more likely to get through the skin’s barrier causing more skin sensitivity. In the winter months it is important to keep the skin hydrated and as moisturised as possible. After taking a shower/bath, apply your moisturiser while the skin is still damp. This way the moisture is trapped on the skin. When you buy new clothes, wash them first in a non-biological washing powder to remove any chemicals or irritants. Avoid synthetic fabrics and wool. Cotton bedding and clothing allow the skin to breath and thus reduce irritation.
Eczema is the most common skin condition in Ireland and worldwide affecting many young children. It is a dry, scaly skin condition and is also triggered by the weather and central heating. Use a diffuser with your favourite essential oils. The extra moisture in the air will help prevent your skin drying out and also help with sinus sensitivity.
LEAH Psoraisis and Eczema Ointment is an oil based moisturiser. It may help relieve some of the discomfort associated with these dry skin conditions. It contains organic Shea butter and organic virgin Coconut oil which are rich in vitamins, fatty acids and anti-oxidant properties. They are extremely nourishing and repairing to the skin. Organic Wheatgerm and Organic Calendula oil has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and aids in wound healing. Bergamot absorbs slowly into the skin which will help with repairing the skin as will Benzoin. Cajaput contains the anti-microbial properties. Even if you are not diagnosed with a skin condition, this is a deep moisturiser with skin repairing and nourishing properties in an all natural plant based product with essential oils of Bergamot, Cajaput and Benzoin.