Eczema and Winter
Now that the Holiday season is coming to a close and the dry winter months are starting to rev up in the Northern part of America, it is time to address an uncomfortable issue. Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis. The dry months of winter reek havoc on the ones who suffer from this particular condition. It is dry skin that is itchy and forms an awful looking rash. Now, we are not here to bash, we are here to paint a picture and offer some solutions to help soothe the skin during this difficult time of the year.
Ingredients that can help: There are some over the counter solutions that may help soothe your skin through the winter months. Looking for creams that have the following ingredients may help, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Lanolin, Hyaluronic Acid, and Niacinamide. Make sure that these ingredients are listed as the first three.
Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisture is a big factor when it comes to treating eczema during winter. The ingredients mentioned above do just that, moisturize! Finding a moisturizing cream that holds/seals moisture and pulls moisture from the air are great options. Below are two Silicone-Free options that we offer that may benefit you:
1. As It Should Be's Hand & Body Restore Cream Contains: Glycerin (Third ingredient), Argan Oil ( may help soothe itchy patches), and Hyaluronic Acid (pulls moisture from the air). This particular cream can be used on the hands, neck, and chest area. *I use it anywhere I look a little dry*
2. As It Should Be's Hydrating Face Moisturizer Contains: Glycerin (Third ingredient), Hyaluronic Acid, and Aloe Vera. *I pay close attention to the skin around my nose, cheeks, and chin*.
Side Note: Some people recommend rubbing vaseline on the skin, but I do not recommend that for anyone! My personal preference is to have moisturizing options without the greasy build-up. However, if you prefer Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and it works, please continue to use it!
*Winter Tip: Moisturize hands right before going outside. Rub our hand and body cream on hands and cover with your gloves to lock in moisture longer.
Sealing and locking in moisture is a good way to help treat eczema. Therefore it is recommended to moisturize the skin right after taking a warm (not too hot) bath or shower. *Patting the skin dry is MUCH better than rubbing the skin dry.
It is also important to mention, moisturizing one time a day isn't enough during this time of the year. Three times a day is the minimum and after every time you wash your hands.
*Winter Tip: Keep a jar of Hand and Body Restore Cream beside your hand soap. This will help remind you to moisturize right after you wash your hands (Seal in the moisture immediately after patting the hands dry).
These are just some of the ways our products may help you soothe your skin during these dry months. As It Should Be would always recommend going to a Dermatologist to understand your skin's particular needs. Even though our formulas are clinical-grade, we are not here to replace but we are here to compliment in the most ethical way. So if you still have questions, set an appointment with your local Dermatologist and stay moisturized!
If you know someone who suffers from Eczema, please feel free to share!