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Relief for Dry, Itchy Skin

Posted By: Victoria Girard on January 31, 2012 at 1:34 am

As the winter days tick by you may notice your skin becoming drier and drier.  Going from the cold, blustery outdoors into the forced heat of the indoors zaps moisture from your skin leaving it dry, flaky, and tight.  Dry skin looks older as lines and wrinkles become more pronounced!  So, what can you do about it?  Follow these steps for more lusciously beautiful skin.

  1. Feed your skin with antioxidants.  Foods, such as the mangosteen, that are rich in nutrients and antioxidants help to nourish, protect, and plump up your cells.  This powerful fruit fights inflammation, reduces redness, diminishes blotchiness, and feeds your cells the nutrients they need to be moist and plump.  Eating a healthy diet packed with antioxidant rich food infuses your cells with vital nutrients that help to maintain more balanced skin.
  2. Omega 3 supplements keep your cell membranes strong and healthy.  Fish oil, flaxseed oil, and krill oil are all great sources of this crucial essential fatty acid.  Omega 3s promote beautifully moist, plump, and healthy cells that encourage youthful skin.  These crucial essential fatty acids help keep your cell membranes strong and healthy which in turn will help your skin function properly.
  3. Red LED light therapy drastically increases the moisture content within your skin.  LED light wavelengths penetrate into your skin where they renew, replenish, repair, and heal your cells and tissue.  LED lights in certain ranges have the ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production as well as increasing cellular energy.  These processes are necessary for healthy skin that retains moisture.
  4. Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin, flaky skin, and help your skin care products work more effectively.  Microderm systems, facial scrubs, and enzyme peels polish the surface of your skin, speeding up cell renewal and promote smoother skin.
  5. Infuse your skin with hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge attracting 1,000 times its weight in water.  It helps to keep your skin hydrated and dewy.  Look for this beneficial ingredient in serums, lotions, and creams and use it regularly.
  6. Use your moisturizer right after you have cleansed your skin, while it’s still damp and dewy.  This will help increase the moisture content within your skin and your skin will hold onto that moisture longer than if you applied the same moisturizer to dry skin.

Dry, tight, flaky, and red skin can be frustrating, embarrassing, and uncomfortable to say the least.  Taking steps to ensure that you skin remains moist and healthy will keep you looking your best, even through those harsh winter days.

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30 Responses to “Relief for Dry, Itchy Skin”

  1. Brenneth says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I really need this. I’m suffering from skin itchiness and swelling. I don’t know what happened. I thought it was just a mosquito bites. I already applied several kinds of skin ointment, but there’s no effect.
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  2. Brenneth,
    Thanks so much for the comment. I hope that this information helps to relieve your itchy skin. It can be very frustrating when our skin changes without notice or apparent reason. Give you skin some extra TLC and try some of these tips. It may not happen overnight, but with some consistency your skin will look and feel better.

  3. Bruce Wood says:

    I always dread winter because of the itchy, dry skin that it brings. It seems I’m always loading up my skin with thick oily moisturizers. I don’t know why I never considered the nutritional impact of Omega 3 etc. Thanks for the great advice!
    Bruce Wood´s last [type] ..Vegan B 12 Sources

  4. You are very welcome Bruce. I hope that it helps and you don’t experience the normal dry skin.

  5. Annette from Timber Windows says:

    Thanks a lot for this information. I am suffering itchiness in my skin when I am sweating from working out. Some says that it usually cause by the hormonal imbalance of the body.

  6. We can try some sheya coca butter for dry skin it will help to prevent the itchiness and dryness. Mixture of glycerin and rose water it is also a good moisturizer for dry skin.

  7. Annette,
    When you have dry or sensitive skin and workout intensely, the salt in your sweat can make your skin itch or burn. Rinse your skin immediately after working out and keep a nice, light moisturizer on hand.

  8. Shea butter is excellent for your skin and I love the fact that it comes from nature :)

  9. Bill from Calcium and Vitamin D says:

    I have a major with my hands drying out. I work in a freezer during the day and that adds to the problem. What I do is, just before going to bed, I wet may hands and then rub regular Vaseline over them. The oil-based Vaseline seals the moisture into my hands and they feel much better the next morning.

    For cases where your hands are really dry and cracked open (especially across the knuckles)try putting a mentolated petroleum jelly (Vicks Vapor Rub) all over them and then using a blow dryer to melt it into the skin. A couple of nights of it will do wonders. Note – you may want to put mittens over your hands to keep from getting stuff in your eyes inadvertently.
    Bill@Calcium and Vitamin D´s last [type] ..Calcium And Vitamin D

  10. Lucy from Car Town Design says:

    Great web site. Plenty of helpful information here. I am sending it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you on your sweat!

  11. Thanks so much for adding your tips for dry hands. I am a firm believer, however, in not using petroleum products. 60% of what you put on your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream so you have to be careful as to what you apply topically. There are some fantastic natural and safe options that you can use in the same way such as coconut oil or cocoa butter.

  12. Thanks for the nice comment.

  13. Bill from Liquid Calcium Info says:

    Victoria – good point about the coconut oil and cocoa butter. Basically, anything that doesn’t mix with the water will work, so that it seals the moisture in. (The lotion I prefer has cocoa butter – I love it). Thanks for all the info you share, by the way.
    Bill@Liquid Calcium Info´s last [type] ..Calcium And Vitamin D

  14. Bill,
    Thanks for the comment! I love cocoa butter as well :)

  15. Drink plenty of water to prevent dry skin, or just rub moisturizing lotion on it.
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  16. MichaelJohnson from MosquitoMagnet says:

    The sebacious glands that control the amount of oil your skin secretes are often stripped clean after a hot shower. Don’t take scalding hot baths and showers if you don’t have to, especially in wintertime.

  17. Great tip! You are so right, as great as a hot shower feels it just isn’t good for your skin. Bummer, but true.

  18. Paula says:

    Thank you for the great tips. I really need this so badly.
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  19. Paula you are so welcome! I hope that these tips help your skin feel healthy and fresh.

  20. Karyn18 says:

    Is is such a very helpful blog post. Due to over exposed from sunlight, may cause us skin irritation. We should know how to take care of it.
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  21. Karyn, it’s a shame but a reality that the sun cause a great deal of damage to your skin. Just always make sure you protect it daily with a high SPF moisturizer and you won’t have to avoid it completely.

  22. Elena from healthy lifestyle says:

    This is such a terrific article on dry and itchy skin. I think almost everyone has a problem with their skin being dry. I never new about Red Led Light therapy – i should definitely check it out. Thanks for posting! It’s greatly appreciated!

  23. I’m glad to hear that you learned something new. Red light therapy is an amazing technology. It has so many incredible benefits for your skin and health. You can read more about it here;

  24. Dawn0977 says:

    Hi Victoria! Providing us this useful information is really a big help. I will definitely follow all the tips that you’ve shared with us here. Thanks for the post and i’m looking forward to read more from you.
    Dawn0977´s last [type] ..Maid jailed for killing employer’s 29 fishes including arowanas

  25. Thanks Dawn,
    I would love to hear how your skin responds to the tips :)

  26. Oh, 8 months pregnant :) Congratulations! Yes, that will definitely result in itchy skin. The cocoa butter should really help and will hopefully help to keep the stretch marks at bay.

  27. Vanessa says:

    Great Info! I didn’t know that omega 3 was so beneficial for great skin. Thanks

  28. Thanks Vanessa,
    Omega 3s a help promote healthy skin from the inside out, but are also beneficial for your health as well.

  29. Nutrition says:

    Omega 3s will help you in looking good, Your skin will feel like a shine and fine, Your idea or suggestion is also good and effective .. .. . .

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