Falling into Good Habits
Last updated: September 2023
With the latest weather snap, a cold front blew in, and my granddaughter woke up with a dry patch above her eyebrow. We had cheered on our hometown football team in chilling temperatures the night before. Fortunately, we knew exactly what to do when the climate gets frosty. We have developed a routine when falling into good habits during autumn.
How can you adapt your eczema care in the fall?
Autumn is when the sap stops running in the trees. The leaves get dry and fall off. It’s a sign that winter is coming. By noticing the changes in the weather, you can adapt too! By falling into good habits regarding skin care, soon it will be a natural step in your routine.
Moisturizing your face: A small bottle that is a mixture of jojoba and rosehips is a great go-to for dried out spots on the face. It is much like our skin’s natural oil, therefore it causes fewer zit problems. That allows it to be used even in the T Zone of a teenager!
Moisturizing your body: Let’s face it, oiling up is a lot of work. If you have been outdoors in a polar blast, it may take some extra steps for your nighttime routine. After your bath or shower, feel your skin to decide which lotion you will need. If you’re ultra-dry, opt for coconut oil, or even olive oil. Maybe something lighter will do the trick, like a thick moisture cream with shea butter.
Moisturizing your hands: When your fingers get dry, it is fairly easy to put a thick moisturizer on hands and allow it soak in. Even putting some cotton gloves on over them while you sleep can provide instant relief from redness and cracking. Keep a small tube of a rich cream with you. If you find one without fragrance, even better. By applying it after hand washing, you get a barrier that seals in your own body’s moisture.
Protecting your hands: With today’s technology, like cell phones, it is not easy to keep gloves on a young girl’s fingers. I finally found some cool looking gloves that had the fingertips cut off (on purpose). They come up to the first knuckle. This allows her to tap away at the keys and stay in touch with friends and family. It also provides a layer of protection for the rest of her hands.
Finding the right scarf can be a lifesaver. Something that is light, but protects from the wind is optimal. If there is a lot of wool, your skin may become itchy. A lightweight silky type fabric may cost more, but provides a barrier against frigid wind.
Hats are not always flattering. Some people wear them better than others. There is not doubt that a nice hat can prevent your scalp from getting too dry in the cold wind. If you live in a climate that has low humidity, you may have to go on a search for the perfect look in order to manage your dermatitis.
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