Use a hypoallergenic laundry detergent
Trace amounts of laundry detergent can remain in your clothes and cause itching, irritation and rashes when they come in contact with your skin. By using a detergent that‘s designed for sensitive skin you can remove one of the factors that affect your skin.
Choose fabrics that allow your skin to breathe
Some fabrics can aggravate dry and sensitive skin. Synthetics are common culprits because they don‘t breathe as well as natural fabrics but dyes and glues can also cause problems.
Use a humidifier
Dry skin is often caused by dry air and can exacerbate sensitive skin and cause itching and flaking. Note that heat sources such as fireplaces and wood stoves can lower the humidity in a room. Therefore, adding moisture to the air can be very beneficial.
During winter, your hands are exposed to merciless, cold winds. Wearing good gloves can make a big difference by protecting your hands. You should also wear gloves for housework because repeated contact with water and cleaning products can irritate your skin.
Watch out for toxic ingredients
I’ve often seen dry skin or eczema appear in the face because of shampoos that contain harmful ingredients. Ingredients such as parabens, synthetic fragrances and sodium lauryl sulfate can affect your skin and have been linked with skin irritation. I wrote a blog about the top 10 toxic ingredients to avoid if you’re interested in learning more.