Sensitive and dry skin

A is for Autumn picPick up Autumn leaves

Our last post was ages ago, 22nd September to be exact, sorry about that but the time has just flown by.

Previously we looked at how multi-purpose nitrile gloves could be useful for individuals with sensitive skin and that the gloves could be put to good use in the garden. The Autumn leaves are nearly all down and on windy days in my garden they dance defiantly on the paths hoping to avoid capture. The countdown is now on, not for Christmas, but for the end of the Autumn Season on December the 20th after this date we are officially in Winter and Christmas is just around the corner.

Probably not particularly high on the festive shopping list is a reminder to look after your skin. The central heating is on and the cold days dry out unprotected sensitive skin. For those who are vulnerable to eczema , sensitive and dry skin it is really important that you give consideration to your diet. In addition to the Turkey or nut roast (if you are vegetarian) add to your shopping basket some ‘oily’ fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna. For those who do not eat or just don’t like these types of fish, an alternative source are the seeds from pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, linseed and hemp.

These foods are great sources of omega 3 fats which contribute to the skin being able to retain more moisture. The role of omega 3 and its possible deficiency in many who suffer from dry skin conditions, is a popular topic amongst health care professionals and studies of the value of this “essential “  fatty acid in our diets is proving beneficial. Omega 3, 6 & 9 are termed “essential “ because  the body requires them but they  can only be  obtained  from food and not made by the body.

If you are choosing to supplement your diet do speak to your health care practitioner and also do a  little research into purchasing from a reputable source that will provide you with a good quality supplement.

Getting in the habit

On facebook yesterday we shared the un-wrapping  of our Eco Egg delivery and this morning we said that our blog today would benefit gardeners with eczema,dermatitis or dry itchy skin.

If you have, had or know someone with eczema, dermatitis or dry itchy skin on the hands, then you will know how difficult it seems to manage it. A Sunday phone call catch-up with my younger Sister (Little Sis) resulted in a conversation enquiring about the launch of Skin Solutions UK. The conversation went something along these lines and resulted in the content of this blog.

Little Sis: ‘Have one of the team to take photographs to show people what your hands are like when you have a flare-up’

Big Sis (Me): ’ I don’t get flare- ups anymore.’

Little Sis: ‘Do you have any creams from the Doctor’

Big Sis: ‘Nope’

Little Sis: ‘I forgot you use those gloves a lot.’

Big Sis:  ‘What gloves?’

Little Sis: ‘The purple ones, you’re in the habit that you forget that you use them loads. Show people what you use them for.’

Big Sis: ’OK will do.’

So here is a photograph of my hands showing you that my skin is remarkable and so far removed from the skin that you would have seen in 2002/3 (please read the ‘About’ section on the Skin Solutions UK site to find out more).

It is really simple to keep this way and I am in the habit of:

  1. Using products that do not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or Sodium Laureth Sulphate, (please see our home page eczema or dermatitis section to find out more about these two chemicals).
  2. Washing my towels in chemical free laundry cleaner i.e. Eco Egg fragrance free Laundry egg.
  3. Using Purple Nitrile-Xtra gloves to protect my hands.

It is as simple as that for me and will be for a lot of others as well. It is really important that you give consideration to your diet, as for some there is a correlation between dairy products and foods that are members of the Nightshade family resulting in skin issues.

We are expecting our delivery of Purple Nitrile-Xtra gloves tomorrow. We’ll share  more pictures of how useful they are to protect your hands when gardening,painting or just for day to day household chores.

 

Skin Solutions UK Launch Day

The launch of www.skinsolutionsuk.co.uk  has been a great success today. It’s important for us that we can help as many people as possible who have eczema, dermatitis and sensitive skin. Our approach is really simple and the one used by our founder Claire Evans for over ten years. It is as easy as 1,2,3 and encourages people to adopt a simple holistic approach to managing their skin issues. Information on how to successfully manage eczema and dermatitis can be accessed from our ‘Home’ page.

Check us out, we’d love to be able to help you too.