Making your home skin friendly

  • Do not have your air conditioning set too low in summer or too high a temperature during the winter months, as this may dry out your skin. You might want to invest in a humidifier or create your own by putting a container of water near the heater in each room of your home.
  • Ensure rooms are well ventilated when using general household cleaners. We suggest using products which can be poured onto a cloth rather than sprayed on, for example Jif Cream.
  • Use cotton bed linen and keep it clean and fresh (Dust mites and allergens thrive in warm damp conditioners and can be found in clothing, mattresses, bedclothes, pillows and carpets. Regular laundering is a very effective method of removing these allergens. For effective allergen removal use warm water (at least 25_C). To kill dust mites use hot water (more than 55_C).

 

Clothing

  • Many new clothes have finishes on them (to make them more appealing on the shelf)
  • Wash new clothing before you wear it in Persil non-bio
  • Fabric conditioners such as Comfort Pure are designed to make clothes feel soft
  • Some sensitive skin may react to fabric softeners. If this is your experience, you may need to avoid using fabric softeners.

 

Bathing and showering

  • Try not to spend too long in the shower or bath (no more than 20 minutes soaking in the bath)
  • Don’t have the water too hot – water can dry the skin when it evaporates
  • Instead of soap, consider using mild non-soap cleansers, such as Dove cream bar
  • Try not to over stimulate the skin with excessive massage, rubbing or exfoliation
  • Dry your skin by patting it with a soft towel
  • Moisturise with a product like Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion for very dry skin
  • When you go shopping, choose cosmetics, lotions and detergents that are labelled “dermatologically tested” and “hypoallergenic”

Managing Asthma

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