Detoxing allows elimination of toxins and wastes which may lead to itchy skin, and it also allows the organs in our body to function more efficiently. You can follow these simple steps to detox:
- Increase water intake.
- Eat healthily.
- Increase fibre intake.
- Exercise regularly.
Since the leading cause of itchy skin is dryness, this step is the most important step to prevent dry skin, which will eventually lead to itchy, irritated, inflamed, and flared skin. There a few types of moisturisers available in the market, ranging from extremely light weighted one to heavier, thick consistency. It is important to know which moisturiser is suitable for your skin type, and the only way to know is by trying them out and figuring which suits you the most! Moisturisers made especially for itchy skin usually contains ingredients that strengthens your skin barrier, making it healthy, and heals the scabs and wounds caused by scratching. Well moisturised skin can also prevent aging 😉
Apart from drinking sufficient water (yes, water. No, not your iced tea.), you can also snack on food that are filled with lots of water during the day to increase intracellular water levels. Foods like cucumbers, watermelon, apples and celery will hydrate the body from the inside out. Drinking beverages that are sugar free, non dairy and non alcoholic can also help to hydrate your body.
4) Getting enough sleep/rest
In order for our body to function normally, we need our essential sleep and rest to ensure we’re not overworking our body. Setting a routine and ensuring that your sleep goes uninterrupted is the key point in having sufficient sleep. Here are some suggestions to help you have a good night.
- Take a calming bath before bed (Soap which contains ingredients that may help you feel calm includes lavender and oats.)
- Take melatonin supplement. Melatonin is a sleep hormone that is naturally produced by your body, which makes you feel calm and sleepy. Melatonin supplement can help increase your level of melatonin which will make you feel calmer and sleep quickly. Be sure to consult your GP first before consuming! 😊
5) Feeling happy and decreasing stress
Emotional stress can trigger skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and many others as well. It can cause flare ups and causes the skin to be inflamed and irritated. Thus, keeping stress at bay is important in managing itchy skin, so amp up on the serotonin by eating the food you love, going out with your loved ones, taking short vacations and treating yourself for some retail therapy yeay!
6) Taking a cold shower/ Apply cold compress
Sometimes, lowering your body temperature helps to decrease the itchy skin and calms the bumps down, preventing you from scratching your skin and causing more damage to the skin. If you have the means to hop into a cold, nice shower, it will do your red and itchy skin a huge favour! If you happen to be outside and your itchy skin is bothering you so much, you can get a small pack of ice and apply it to the affected areas.
7) Using antiseptic/antibacterial bath
The presence of bacteria on the skin can cause an array of problems. Besides causing itchy skin, during the event of excessive scratching, the skin may be broken, and bacteria may enter through it and cause infection at the area. It is therefore important to keep our skin clean using suitable soap which eliminates bacteria and not strip off the moisture from the skin.