Dry skin rashes can affect different people for different reasons. Whether you’re one of the 15 million people in the UK estimated to be living with eczema or find that your skin flares up during the colder months. Know that you’re not alone. Dry skin is one of those conditions that can happen to anyone. From itchiness through to cracking skin, it presents a real problem. And, with so many of us keen on better understanding our skincare. Furthermore, how to tailor it accordingly, we’re looking at 5 things you can do to combat dry skin rash today.
Why do we get dry skin?
Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies and requires good levels of hydration to keep it working fully. It provides a protective barrier that inhibits the ability of bacteria and other contaminants from passing through. And, in order to maintain the necessary moisture and keep this barrier secure. It uses a layer of natural oils, including lipids, ceramide and natural moisturising factors (NMF). All of these components are found in the outer layer – also known as the stratum corneum. For our skin to stay in the best possible conditions, there needs to be the right amount of these oils. Over excretion and you’ll have excessively oily skin which leads to breakouts. Too little and the protective barrier we mentioned before becomes compromised.
This is where dry skin rash comes into play. If these oil levels are disrupted, you’re left with skin which doesn’t have the tools it needs to perform properly. There are several factors that contribute to this, including harsh soaps, dehydration from diet and the weather. High winds, low humidity and cold air all dry out the skin’s natural moisture. This is heightened with the use of central heating and hot showers to take away the chill during winter. Thankfully, there are things you can do to soothe and relieve dry skin rash.
What can I do?
Avoid cold weather exposure
Avoidance is always better than treating. As the weather begins to turn and we see colder air and harsher winds. Covering up your skin will help to protect it. Wear gloves, where possible and clothing that covers up the most vulnerable parts of your skin. Also, remember that harsh artificial heat, from central heating systems and internal fires. Also, they have a detrimental impact on skin hydration. If you can, don’t sit too close to these heat sources and instead layer on jumpers or blankets to keep yourself comfortable.
Natural oat baths
Recognised as a natural way to treat eczema, natural oat baths help to soothe the pain and itching associated with dry skin rash. Colloidal oatmeal is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant that helps relieve common symptoms. A study from 2018 established that oats contained linoleic oil, oleic acid and avenanthramides which are all known to reduce the body’s level of cytokines. These proteins are intrinsically linked to inflammation – a key contributor when it comes to extremely dry skin rash.
Applying a cold compress to the rase area is one of the fastest recognised ways of soothing the irritation. This is because the cold water limits blood flow to inflamed areas, helping to reduce any swelling and slow the progression of the rash. As we mentioned above, you want to avoid hot baths and showers as this will cause your skin to dry out. In contrast, applying cool water to the area helps to improve hydration while offering calming benefits for the affected area.
Moisturising should have a key role in your skincare routine anyway. But it is never so important as when dealing with dry skin rashes. Creams and lotions are designed to keep the skin flushed with moisture, adding back the nourishment that has been removed from exposure to the elements we mentioned above. It’s important to choose a moisturiser that has been made using ingredients which offer the right benefits to your skin. Natural products infused with coconut fatty acids, such as the Malée Verdure Conditioning Body Cream, are the most beneficial when it comes to keeping skin hydrated and protected. It’s also important to focus on the vitamins available in your products. This same moisturiser contains Vitamin A, B, B1, B2, B6 and E alongside olive fruit oil which is also abundant in essential fatty acids.
Intensify skin nourishment
In some instances, moisturisers won’t have the strength needed to combat serious dry skin rashes. And, in these situations, you’ll want to look for a potent and highly concentrated body oil made with all-natural ingredients. They are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and soothing – the perfect blend for these itchy skin complaints. The Malée Verdure Moisturising Oil is flushed with avocado oil, argan oil, rosehip oil and sweet almond oil alongside essential coconut oil fatty acids too. These 100% active natural ingredients melt through the skin’s layers and deliver moisture from within. This helps to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier once again and give it the tools needed to work properly.
Dry skin rash is something that, with proper care and consideration, you can put steps in place to avoid. However, if you do find yourself dealing with patches during Winter or after exposure to certain elements, there are a number of ways to combat these. Keeping skin moisturised, covered up and soothed appropriately will ensure you stay glowing all year round. And, here at Malée, we believe that you need the power of natural ingredients and scientific research to help you along the way.
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