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Creating a routine

This section’s ideas are about using an emollient regularly enough to keep skin soft, supple and protected. All four ideas below have been chosen by our experts, so why not try one or two…

Apply your emollient regularly when it suits you

Putting on your emollient regularly – at least twice a day – is important, but make sure you are applying your emollient to fit into your daily routine. Always apply your emollient at times to suit you, for example after a bath or shower and before bed. Don’t forget that you should also use your emollient to wash with, instead of soap which can further damage your already fragile skin.

Remind yourself why you’re applying an emollient

Writing down something you want to achieve like: ‘I want to break the on-going, daily itching’ can be a great motivator. Keeping a reminder of your goal somewhere prominent, like a sticky note on your bathroom mirror, can be a big help when you’re feeling demotivated.

Enlist friends and family

The people around you can be your secret weapon. They can help you with reminders and that all-important moral support. We’re also more likely to stick to a plan we’ve told others about. So, try asking a loved one for their support in ensuring you apply your emollient regularly.

Plan ahead by setting reminders to help with your daily routine

Start by establishing an emollient routine, such as applying it after your morning bath or shower, at lunch time, and then when you get home from work. Then, set reminders on your phone to remind yourself to stick to this plan.

Creating a routine

“Dry skin needs care and attention every day. It might not be easy to find the time or to remember when you’re busy, but by getting into a good routine of using an emollient liberally and regularly, you’re more likely to see and feel the benefits.” Dr Brian Malcolm, GP specialising in Dermatology

“I found that putting written reminders to myself around the house, such as a note on the fridge and on my bedroom mirror, worked really well in terms of encouraging me to use my emollient more frequently. Then, seeing visible improvements as a result has helped me realise how well I was doing!” Sarah Savage

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