As the temperature gets cooler during the months of June to September in Australia, our skin takes the effects of getting dry, cracked, flakey and irritated – something we all don’t like as much as freezing our toes off in the rain! Vogue Online explains that the “natural oils in our skin don’t tend to flow as freely because of the colder temperatures[causing] less surface moisture, resulting in dehydrated skin.

 

Our skin is literally a water-containing barrier that protects us from our environment. Depending on gender, age and where on the body we’re looking at, the water content of the skin varies.

 

Because the skin is porous, water vapour is constantly lost through the skin via evaporation. Water loss occurring under non-sweating conditions is called trans-epidermal water loss, and this is accelerated during low humidity and windy environments. On top of our skin losing a healthy, radiant glow and water content as we age, it can also trigger eczema and infection in the skin as itchiness increases.

 

Hard water which is found in most parts of Perth (particularly the Northern Suburbs) and almost all regional areas is also a big cause of dry skin.

 

So aside from turning down the heater, what else can you do to avoid dry skin this winter?

  1. Changing how you shower

Along with the physical side effects of dry skin is the water you use to wash your body with. The type of water filtering out of your faucet, the temperature of the water, as well as how long you shower for, are all aspects of how water can affect your skin. Your entire home may be showering with hard water, which means it holds a certain concentration of calcium and magnesium minerals that might not favour your skin. In Perth, water South of the River is softer but as you head North to suburbs like Alkimos, Two Rocks, Yanchep, and even in areas like Mount Hawthorn, Banksia Grove etc you will find the water is much harder. The water supply in the Northern Suburbs is supplemented with ground water, which adds to its hardness. Look towards a water softening solution that helps to filter out minerals so it’s gentler on your skin when you shower and wash your face. Additionally, we all love taking long hot showers, especially when it’s T-300 degrees outside, but in order to retain moisture in your skin, it’s best to stay short and sweet (ideally less than three minutes), and preferably with lukewarm water.

  1. The importance of moisturising

Now we all know women love to use moisturiser, after all, that’s how they keep their skin soft, smooth, and supple! But we can’t stress enough how important this is for the whole family! Applying moisturiser two to three minutes after your shower will give you the best results. Research has also found that using moisturiser that’s cream-based rather than lotion helps to keep the water molecules within your skin!


3. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

We are so lucky to live in a country where fresh water is easily accessible to us, with Western Australia having one of the lowest instances of water-borne diseases in the world. So take this as a blessing for your skin in the sense of maintaining a proper balance of hydration and bodily functions, as well as helping to rid the skin of toxins, leaving you with a healthy, hydrated glow!

 

Fixing dry skin starts with keeping it hydrated. From washing it with soft water, taking shorter showers, and using cooler water, Ecosoft can help make sure you have the right water running through your home for proper skin hydration. Contact us today to see how we can help your home stay hydrated this winter!

 

Ecosoftwater have a shower attachment that can help reduce the effects of hard water and therefore help reduce minor skin irritations.

 

For those of you heading North in your caravans we also have a range of low cost attachments that can be used on caravan and camper trailers.

 

If you want any information on these products just fill out the form on our website here: http://www.ecosoftwater.com.au/product/hard-water-facts-download/

 

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