This time of year can wreak havoc on our skin, causing dryness and itching, as well as dermatitis and eczema, conditions that if left untreated can really go on to take their toll mentally and emotionally, as well as physically.
Skin flare-ups and problems are common during the winter months because of the dry air and changes in temperature. Places that are exposed to the elements, such as the hands and face, can often bear the brunt of it all - but the good news is that there is a lot you can do to help ease your symptoms and give your skin the break it’s crying out for.
Using Epsom salt for eczema could be particularly beneficial, for example. Also known as magnesium sulphate, Epsom salt is made up of magnesium, sulphur and oxygen, first discovered in the charming town of Epsom in Surrey… which is where it gets its name.
Many of its purported health benefits are thought to be down to the magnesium content, which many people have a deficiency in. When the salt is dissolved in water, it releases magnesium and sulphate ions, which it’s thought can help support natural bodily functions.
For eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, Epsom salt can potentially reduce inflammation and swelling, bringing you relief from your symptoms.
Simply run a bath, tip in some salts, then hop in and let them work their magic. Just make sure you don’t use too much of the salt, as this can actually cause drying of the skin. A cup or two should be sufficient.
Once you’re out of the tub, gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel so you don’t aggravate your eczema and then moisturise as soon as you can to help restore your skin’s barrier. Here’s to making it through to spring!
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