So, it’s getting to that time of year again where the weather starts to get colder and you need to put more layers on when you leave the house. Yet as soon as you enter a shop or building the central heating is evidently blasting and you start sweating in all your gear, and this occurs every time you go from place to place. It’s no wonder then with this distinct change in temperature that skin becomes dry. What with the constant taking on and off of clothing. That's a recipe for mild exfoliation right there.
It’s somewhat worse when you already suffer from perpetually dry skin, especially when you are prone to eczema.
I didn't always have skin this dry. Only later in life where my skin would slough off and leave my bed sheets looking like snow had fallen. You learn that white and lighter shades of grey are your best friends.
The thing with suffering from dry skin is that usually it is also sensitive so it can be difficult to find a moisturiser that doesn't cause a flare up. It's also ideal to use a barrier cream, to prevent dry skin from exacerbating.
Not only does it feel horrible and tight, and not to mention incredibly itchy, but you are then faced with the skin cracking and bleeding. This can lead to infection so it's important to ensure your skin is able to retain moisture.
One grain of advice I will give when suffering from dry skin is to make sure that you are drinking enough water. The skin is the body’s largest organ and so like every other part of your body, needs enough fluid to perform its job effectively.
Living with dry skin can be a chore and take up a lot of your time in looking after it. When my skin has been at its worst it could take anywhere between 2hrs (on a good day) to 5hrs just for me to get ready on a morning. My skin was so thirsty that no sooner had I applied a generous helping of moisturiser, I would have to apply another. My skin would flake like sand, or sometimes peel off in huge sections like sunburn peel. Over and over and over again. It was a never-ending cycle. I feel like over the last few years I have dedicated so much precious time to the preening of my skin. Fortunately, it no longer takes me quite as long!
Another thing with having dry skin is that it not only physically feels uncomfortable and itchy, but also affects you mentally. For so long I felt ugly having disgusting flaky dry skin, and to this day still do have days where I want to hide away from the world so that no one will glimpse my dragon scale face and the fact that I cannot hide behind make-up. But life goes on. No one really cares what you look like and those who do are just horrible, nasty people. I used to get so hung up on the fact that I couldn't wear make-up, but now I look at the things my body can do and not it's limitations. It really helps to shift your mindset.
I think certain lifestyle choices can help with dry skin, such as diet and the things you use on your skin. I have been following a vegan diet now for 2 years, which is abundant in fruits and veggies and all the nutrients your body needs to thrive. My skin is however still overly dry but I put this down to the fact that this is just my skin type and how it is. Stress is another factor, as I know that whenever I become stressed my skin will show it.
In the same vein as this, it can be worthwhile to look at the lotions and potions you use on your skin. Is your laundry detergent an allergen? Should you use that shampoo that has a new and improved formula? There is a lot to think about.
I'm still yearning for that cure but for now I just deal with my dry skin.