As an eczema sufferer I find winter a particularly difficult time – flare ups are more frequent and seem to be worse, triggered by the cold weather and central heating. I’ve found that a regular skincare routine is essential in the cold months to keep the scaly skin at bay – these are some of my favourite products that I find particularly soothing on eczema prone skin.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
The darling of the blogging world, Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish is an iconic product now and it’s fabulous for eczema sufferers. Liz herself is an eczema sufferer and developed her range of skincare after seeing the gap in the market for organic, ethically sourced products with a focus on botany. The Cleanse and Polish is the star product – it contains cocoa butter for spectacular moisturising, and eucalyptus essential oil which is soothing on sensitive or irritated skin. I’m currently loving the limited edition versions Sweet Orange and Mint and Pink Pepper and Mint, neither of which cause me any kind of problems at all with their fragrance, but the original has a lovely clean scent if you find that fragrance is one of your triggers. I find that my eczema is the worst on my face, particularly my eyelids, and keeping a regular cleanse, tone, moisturise routine for my face is key to keeping it at bay.
I think of Aveeno as my go-to body cream – I slather it on after every shower. It’s well known amongst eczema sufferers as a wonder cream due to its oat based formula. Oats are well known as a natural eczema treatment and are thought to moisturise and relieve itching. It’s also very reasonably priced – you can buy a massive bottle in Boots for £7.65.
Lush Dream Cream
This was recommended to me by a friend when she saw I was struggling with eczema. Like Aveeno, it’s primary ingredient is oats, along with cocoa butter and olive oil for moisturising and chamomile blue oil to soothe. I found it very soothing on my skin and easily absorbed.
Liz Earle Orange Flower Botanical Wash
If you’re an eczema sufferer who knows that your trigger is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) or Cocomidopropyl Betaine (this one is my personal trigger), it can be very difficult to find a shower gel that you’ll be able to use as these ingredients are so widespread. This one from Liz Earle is beautiful – a bit pricier than my normal shower gel, but it has a gorgeous scent and gives me no irritation at all.
Avene Eau Thermale Facial Mist
When I first heard a fellow eczema sufferer recommend this to me I thought it would be a complete waste of money. A facial mist? Essentially water sprayed onto your face – what good was that going to do? And yet, this is one of the most soothing products I’ve tried. Apparently it contains an active ingredient that is known to soothe irritated skin and is recommended for sunburn and nappy rash, as well as eczema. I like to use it after cleansing and toning to give an extra soothing boost and then I apply my moisturiser over it, while the skin is still damp.
Are you an eczema sufferer? Do you have any miracle eczema products?