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What to do for dry skin in the winter
- The number one strategy I recommend is getting a misting humidifier in the bedroom. Once you do that, say goodbye to those itchy sides and night-time nosebleeds. Waking up will be much easier too since having dry eyes in the morning makes us feel much more tired. If you're looking for a great misting humidifier click on my affiliate links below according to your country. If you purchase through my link I will get a percentage with no extra cost to you!
3. It’s also important to stay hydrated, something we do much more in the summer compared to the winter.
4. We should also incorporate healthy oils like fish oil, coconut oil and olive oil into our everyday life. Just be sure to consult with a naturopath before you start taking oils daily since some of them may interact with medications or certain health conditions.
5. Lastly, be sure to avoid hand soaps and dish soaps with SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), or anything of the like. This is a foaming agent used in cleaning products which is also a chemical irritant. If your knuckles get extremely dry and red during the winter you're going to want to make this a priority. Some will say SLS-free soap right on them but otherwise just check the label. It's usually the 2nd ingredient in soaps. If you have chronic dry skin or itchy skin it’s important to consult with your medical or naturopathic doctor to ensure that you don’t have an underlying condition which could be causing your dry or itchy skin. Some conditions that can cause dry, itchy skin are hypothyroidism, liver disease, kidney disease, fungus, diabetes, nutrient deficiencies, estrogen deficiency, Sjogren’s syndrome, and many others.
Medical terms you probably didn’t know:
1) Xeroderma = dry skin
2) Xerophthalmia = dry eyes
3) Pruritus = severe itching
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Dr. Justin Gallant ND