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How to protect extremely dry skin through the seasons

If you have extremely dry skin, you’ll know that the smallest things can affect it. The clothes you wear, exercise and of course, changes in the weather. 


As the weather starts to warm up, the heat can irritate psoriasis or eczema-prone skin. Staying cool during the night is easier if you wear natural, breathable fabrics like cotton or silk – a tip Christine (who lives with eczema) swears by. She also suggests using anti-microbial bamboo sheets, “which help to cool the body off” she explains.


The hotter weather causes us to sweat more, which means one thing for those of us with severely dry skin conditions: itchiness. Cool showers will refresh your skin – and it’s also a chance to add extra moisture to your cleansing routine. Choose a moisturizing body cleanser like Dove DermaSeries Gentle Cleansing Body Wash, suitable for eczema-prone skin. Tailored to care for severely dry skin, the luxurious, creamy lather is 10x more moisturizing than a regular body wash. 


As the temperature drops and we crank up the thermostat, moving between the cool, damp weather outside and the warm, dry air inside can cause dry cracked skin and flare-ups. The moisture evaporating from your skin can leave it feeling itchy – and delicate facial skin can be especially sensitive to this. Gail has a secret weapon: “I sleep with a humidifier. Not only is it great for your breathing, but also definitely helps with dry skin. As soon as I started using it I noticed an improvement.”


Cold winter weather can really dehydrate skin – especially if it’s already extremely dry or eczema-prone. Your hands often get it the worst, since they’re exposed – so gloves are your best friend. Wool can actually irritate your dry skin, so opt for leather instead. Try Dove DermaSeries Replenishing Body Lotion – with a non-sticky, non-greasy formula that absorbs easily, for dry skin in winter and is suitable for eczema-prone skin.