Did you know that the moisture content of your skin drops as temperatures drop? Harsh winter conditions further cause the skin to lose its natural oils, allowing moisture to escape and leaving the skin dry. Doing sport or spending a lot of time outdoors during summer also increases your risk for developing dry skin. Now there is more to dry skin than meets the eye. Let us explore …
Itchy and Dry Skin
Dry skin can lead to areas of irritated skin, resulting in a rash. Typical signs of a rash include redness, swelling, bumps, itching and flaking. It may be localised or spread across the entire body. A great way of combating a rash is to use a moisturiser with natural anti-inflammatory properties, also containing natural oils.
What could be the reason for my itchy skin?
Generalised itching during the winter times is commonly referred to as winter itch. As with winter rash, the main cause of winter itch is dry skin caused by cold and dry weather conditions. It can lead to fine flakes on the skin, cracking and dry patches. The hardest part is resisting to scratch. To prevent complications such as eczema and secondary skin infections, and to get relief from the itch, frequently lubricate the skin with a good quality moisturiser. Similarly, itchy skin my result during the hotter summer season due to sweating and irritation. Tight fitting clothes may also result in chafing, irritation and itchiness.
Can skin be thirsty?
Dry skin and dehydrated skin are not the same things. A dry skin lacks natural oil, whereas a dehydrated skin lacks water. A dehydrated skin feels tight. When choosing a moisturiser, make sure you choose a moisturiser that locks in hydration.
What causes a chapped skin and lips?
Spending a lot of time outdoors exposes your skin to a “deadly” combination of sun exposure, wind burn and dehydration. For chapping, prevention is better than cure, so apply your skin care product before you stick your nose out the door.
Is Eczema a form of Dermatitis?
Dermatitis means skin inflammation. Eczema is a form of dermatitis, and it tends to flare up during winter times. The skin becomes dry, red and inflamed. It can be limited to a few patches, or multiple patches across the entire body. Patches of inflammation may even become infected. Treatment is usually aimed at combatting the inflammation and restoring moisture.
What about acne?
Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder characterized by pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Acne affects mostly the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back. It occurs most commonly during adolescence, and often continues into adulthood. Factors that can contribute to acne include heredity, oily skin, hormonal imbalance, monthly menstrual cycles, and candidiasis.
Other possible contributing factors are allergies, stress, and the use of certain types of drugs, such as steroids, lithium, oral contraceptives, and some anti-epileptic drugs. Nutritional deficiencies and /or a diet high in saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and animal products can also be involved. Acne develops as a result of blockages in the follicles.
Can Silverlab suggest a natural and effective solution to skin care?
Yes, we offer Nature’s Ultimate Skin Therapy with Silver Repair™
Silverlab Healing Gel and Healing Cream are natural all-in-one solutions for dermatitis, chapped and dry skin, skin rashes and skin itching. Uniquely formulated for South African weather conditions with ionic silver, this is your skin’s first aid kit in a tube for winter. It locks in moisture, naturally replaces lost oils, prevents damage to the skin and promotes healing. Not only is it anti-inflammatory, but also antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Safe for use by the entire family, even in sensitive areas.
Can Silverlab suggest a natural and effective solution for acne?
Massage Silverlab Healing Gel or Healing Cream gently into the affected area after showering or bathing. Preferably use the one product in the morning and the other in the evening. This allows the different beneficial attributes of each product to be of benefit to you.
Drink 5ml of Silverlab Liquid twice per day until the acne has cleared up.
Increase your intake of raw foods. The more natural raw foods consumed, the faster the skin will clear and heal. Especially include raw foods that contain oxalic acid, including almonds, beets, cashews, and Swiss chard. Exceptions are spinach and rhubarb; these contain oxalic acid, but should be consumed in small amounts only.
Eat lots of fruits.
Eat more foods rich in zinc, including shellfish, soybeans, whole grains, sunflower seeds, and a small number of raw nuts daily.
Drink plenty of fresh water.
Eliminate all processed foods from the diet, and do not use iodized salt. Processed foods also contain high levels of iodine, which is known to worsen acne.
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