10 Tips To Soothe Extremely Dry Itchy Skin

Dry Skin occurs when skin doesn’t retain enough moisture. It isn’t usually serious, but it can cause intense itching that can be very irritating. [1] There are many causes for dry skin.  Whether it’s frequent bathing, aging, poor diet, certain medical conditions or the dry winter air, dealing with dry itchy skin can make you miserable.

If left untreated, dry skin can crack and become infected. Keeping your skin moisturized is important, but there are some other simple and inexpensive at home remedies that you should consider so that it doesn’t get worse.  It’s important to remember to take care of your skin on a daily basis and change your skin care routine during the cold, dry winter months.

Itchy Skin is an uncomfortable, irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch. Also known as pruritus (proo-RIE-tus), itchy skin is often caused by dry skin. It’s common in older adults, as skin tends to become drier with age. [2]

However, dry skin isn’t the only reason for itchy skin. Common causes include insect bites, allergies, stress, and skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. [3] See what else may be causing your itch, 10 Reasons Your Skin Itches Uncontrolablly.

Tracking down the cause of your itch can take time but there are home remedies to treat and manage the condition.  If home remedies don’t ease the itchy skin, we recommend you see a medical professional.

If you are dealing with dry and/or itchy skin, this article outlines some of the best natural and home remedies to tackle the problem.

Get Rid Of The Bottle

Unfortunately, many of today’s cleansers contain chemicals that strip your skin of natural oils, drying it out and are further damaging your skin. These chemicals encouraging dryness, dullness, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are suffering with a chronic skin disorder such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, or rosacea, these chemicals can irritate the skin even more. Switch to a gentle, all-natural moisturizing soap like Goat’s Milk Soap that is formulated to cleans, nourish and moisturize your skin. It keeps skin soft and supple.

Swap Out That Liquid Shampoo

Just like the bottled body cleansers, commercial shampoos contain drying chemicals that do a tremendous amount of damage to the scalp and hair, specifically to those who already suffer with scalp psoriasis. Instead, use an all-natural shampoo bar.  Our Healthy Hair Shampoo Bars soothe and soften the scalp, reducing redness and inflammation. They eliminate the itching and dandruff and restore the natural luster to hair.

PLEASE Exfoliate!

If there is one thing on this list you add to your daily skin care routine, make it this one. Old skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin and can leave it looking rough, dry, and dull. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne. 

Exfoliation not only keeps your skin clean, it also opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. Try our Sugar Whipped Body Scrub and our Natural Facial Scrubs.  We also formulated Goat’s Milk Soap Salt Soap Bars.

Moisturize Your Body Daily

It’s a fact that winter skin will need extra attention. If you don’t moisturize now, start!  If you normally use a light lotion, you may need to switch to a cream with heavier oils and rich butters such as our Whipped Shea Body Butter that will replenish are repair. Our  Goat’s Milk Hand and Body Lotion is great for all-over softness, especially after you shower. If you suffer with extremely dry skin, psoriasis or eczema, we suggest using our Neem Cream.

Protect Your Skin

Your skin and lips need protection year-round and not just from the dry winter weather. Our nourishing Vegan Solid Lotion BarsFoot Repair Stick and Vegan Lip Balms are formulated with natural plant waxes that act as a barrier for the skin, holding in moisture which is important factor in healing dry skin.

Repair Your Skin Nightly

When you want to heal and repair your skin, you need a moisturizer, ointment or balm that is formulated with ingredients that have therapeutic properties. Application is critical throughout the day but especially every night. Night time moisturizing provides your skin with more nutrients so it can better withstand daytime stress. Here are our top picks:

Avoid Long Showers

Limit your time in the bath or shower.  Long showers can strip away much of the skin’s oily layer and cause it to lose moisture. Use lukewarm rather than hot water, which can wash away natural oils.

Use a Humidifier

As winter comes, the air dries out. The dryer the air, the more it steals moisture from your skin. If you live in a dry climate, use a humidifier, particularly in your bedroom at night.  Set it to around 60%, a level that should be sufficient to replenish the top layer of the skin.

Drink More Water and Watch Your Diet

What you do and do not eat also has a huge effect on the way your skin looks, so to protect your skin, drink plenty of water and keep nutrients high by loading up on whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. 

Use a Saline Nasal Product

You can’t always prevent nosebleeds from happening, but there are certain things you can do to help lower your chances of getting them.  Keeping your nasal passage moisturized with a saline nasal rinse is one of them. Click here to learn more.

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Written By: Mary Ellen Wank, Wellness Advocate and Founder of LATIV, Natural Skin Revival DISCLAIMER


[1] WebMed: Dry Skin
[2] Mayo Clinic: Itchy Skin
[3] Medical News Today

January 8, 2019 5:34 am

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