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4 must-try dry skin soothers

Family health: In addition to smart cold weather skin care, try these tips to further treat—and prevent—dry skin

By Karen Robock
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Ditch the dust collectors. Dust mites are common allergens that can trigger eczema in kids. Removing dust magnets like extra stuffed animals from your child’s bedroom can reduce winter flare-ups. For the can’t-live-without stuffies, washing and freezing them can cut down on mites. Seal the dried toy in a large plastic bag and leave in the freezer for 24 hours (Obviously, allow it to return to room temperature before giving it back.)

Serve fish more often. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are proven to reduce inflammation and help to replenish essential oils in the outer layers of the skin. If your family isn’t fond of fish, taking fish oil supplements will ensure you’re all meeting your daily requirements. (Flaxseed oil is an excellent alternative for vegetarians.)

Switch to a fragrance- and phosphate-free laundry detergent. Start with a soap that says it’s suitable for sensitive skin. Then run clothing through the rinse cycle twice, or add a quarter cup of white vinegar to neutralize any remaining traces of detergent, which may still irritate delicate skin.

Add humidifiers to the bedrooms. The humidity in your house dips dramatically as soon as you close up all the windows and crank up the furnace. Adding a humidifier does wonders for dry skin, and helps with coughs and sniffles, too. See our favourite humidifiers here.

Need more skin care solutions? Find out how to take care of your dry winter skin and try treating your tot to an oatmeal bath.

This article was originally published on Feb 15, 2012

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