Skincare

A Magical Method To Prevent Skin Dryness

Introduction

Eczema is a condition caused by a combination of genetics, the immune system and the environment. The effect of these different factors is a weakness in the outer layer of the skin. This outside layer is known as the epidermis and has a vital role in helping to maintain the skin’s hydration. But because of this faulty layer, eczema skin dehydrates quicker than most.

Applying emollients is the key to maintaining this barrier. Moisturisers act to lock in the skin’s moisture, almost acting as a second skin. But sometimes, even this isn’t enough - especially during flare-ups or when the temperature skyrockets.

That’s where a magical concept known as wet-wrapping comes in…

Wet Wrapping

Wet-wrapping is designed to rehydrate, calm the skin and increase the effectiveness of emollients. It essentially supercharges the effect of emollients.

The process involves specially made fabric wraps soaked in water and then applied to affected areas of the body. It’s best done after bathing, moisturising and applying any other medication you use.

They are used because they increase the effectiveness of emollients and other medications. In addition, by trapping these treatments under unique fabrics, it acts to help soak them into the skin better than usual.

This type of therapy is particularly helpful when you’re experiencing a severe flare-up. The fabric wraps can be used a few days at a time but can also be used longer as instructed by your healthcare professional. Using bandages is a good alternative if you can’t get your hands on any wet wraps.

The Process

Here’s the lowdown on how you can unlock its power:

  1. You’ll need two layers of wraps/bandages, so get those ready before you begin.
  2. After bathing or washing, apply your emollients as you usually would. Try to do this immediately after bathing to help lock in moisture and prevent the skin from drying.
  3. Moisten the first wet-wrap fabric in warm water until it’s slightly damp.
  4. Wrap the moist dressing around the affected area of the skin. You can use wet cotton gloves or socks if your eczema is on your hands or feet.
  5. Gently wrap a dry dressing over this damp layer. If your eczema is on your hands or feet, you can use vinyl gloves or food-grade plastic wrapping as the dry layer.
  6. Carefully get dressed and be careful not to disturb the dressings you have put on.
  7. Leave the wet wraps on for several hours or overnight.
  8. Remember to repeat this process regularly to unlock the most benefits.

Slugging

If you want to improve the process further, try slugging. This is the process of layering on increasingly thicker creams underneath your wraps to further hydrate and heal the skin.

It works by beginning with a very light product such as a serum. An example may be Hyalarunic acid which has been shown to improve the skin’s elasticity and repair the barrier.

Next, you’ll add a cream moisturiser to the affected area. The subsequent layer will be a thicker moisturiser such as an emollient.

And finally, use the thickest available moisturiser, such as Vaseline, to help lock in the entire layer. The idea is that this act of layering on thicker products progressively is better than using one alone.

Conclusion

There you have it, not one but two magical techniques to help prevent skin dryness. Don’t forget to use these techniques often because the research suggests it takes the skin a minimum of 6 weeks to heal fully. And let us know what products you’re using and the effectiveness of these methods!

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