Why does Autumn Cause Itchy, Dry Skin?
Enjoying the nice warm Autumn breeze is a welcomed relief to the hot Summer sun but for many this breeze can lead to skin flare ups, dry, flaky skin and itchiness all over the body.
So why does Autumn seem to have such a negative effect on our skin?
I can’t tell you the number of patients that have commented on their skin being more dry and having this uncontrollable itch that never seems to go away. In Chinese Medicine, wind causes itchiness, which includes the itchy eyes, nose and mouth hay fever sufferers are battling often with the change in season. This increase in wind enters the body through the nose, mouth and skin and results in itchy skin.
Additionally, wind is very drying to the skin so being exposed to the elements will cause the skin to become more dry which in turn increases itchiness.
So what can you do to reduce the skin’s itchiness and dryness?
- Moisturising the skin is absolutely essential all year round but especially during Autumn. Sensitive skin sufferers are more prone to weather changes so using skincare specifically tailored to you such as Pure Delicacy is important to hydrate the skin and repair the damaged skin barrier. This will reduce the intensity of wind entering the body through the skin, minimising its negative effect in the body.
- Eating foods specifically for Autumn is a great way to help the body adjust to the change in seasons. You may not be familiar with Autumn food but the truth is our body is connected to Mother Nature, so ideally with the change of each season we must change our diet to accompany this change in season.
- Nurturing your liver is essential to reducing itchiness and dryness in the skin. Our liver can generate wind when it has been ‘stressed’ which in turn then generates wind from inside the body. Additionally, our liver stores blood so a ‘stressed’ liver may lead to a deficiency of blood. If this occurs, the blood fails to nourish the skin and the result is dry sensitive skin.
Ways to improve the health of your liver include:
- Manage stressful situations. If this is difficult to do then perhaps improve adrenal health with Salubre’s Sereni-Tea
- Minimise or avoid alcohol
- Blood nourishing foods – beetroot, berries, red meat, legumes, filtered water, go ji berries, organic vegetables
Most importantly, remember to nourish your body throughout the year. Enjoying inflammatory food (sugar, alcohol, greasy/fatty food, dairy) will create dryness and redness in the skin and all over the body. If these foods are enjoyed, then balance them with loads of filtered water and anti-oxidant rich foods. Also a good idea to eat lots of fibrous foods as that will help toxins be eliminated through the bowel and minimise the negative impact on the body if sitting around the bowel for longer periods of time.
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