9. Eat Healthy
To manage dry winter skin and eczema, make sure you eat a healthy and nutritious diet.
You must include foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, fish oil, and flaxseeds. These healthy fatty acids can help your skin retain moisture and stay hydrated.
Also, protein and foods rich in vitamins E and C are good for your skin. Use extra-virgin olive or coconut oil for cooking. Fermented foods like kefir and yogurt can also be helpful.
Certain herbs like chamomile, turmeric, plantain, calendula, comfrey, and burdock are helpful for eczema.
Avoid citrus foods and homogenized milk products, which can worsen your symptoms. Also, keep processed foods, white flour, sugar, and artificial sugars and ingredients to a minimum.
10. Drink Plenty of Water
Keeping your body hydrated from within helps keep your skin hydrated. This, in turn, will help prevent eczema flare-ups during the winter months.
Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. You’ll know that your body is well-hydrated if your urine is clear.
To increase your water intake, you do not have to stick to just plain water. Slice up some lemons or other citrus fruits and add it to the water for a mild flavor. In addition, fruits and vegetables rich in water content help a lot in keeping your body hydrated.
Other options include drinking green tea, milk and warm winter beverages like hot chocolate.
- If needed, you can try an over-the-counter allergy medication, but it is always best to consult your doctor first.
- To treat the itchiness, you can use a topical cream like calamine lotion.
- A cold compress can also soothe itchy, inflamed patches of skin.
- No matter what, you should avoid scratching your skin. It will only irritate the area and may break the skin.
- Dab saltwater on eczema to help kill any bacteria that may be growing on the irritated or broken skin.
- Wash your clothes and linens with a detergent that is specifically designed for sensitive skin, free of dyes and perfumes.
- Get plenty of sleep and control your stress to limit cortisol production. A high cortisol level in the body can lead to excess inflammation that worsens eczema.