Eczema is something that over 30 million people in the US alone suffer from and a dry winter (like in Calgary where I live) can wreak havoc on your skin whether eczema is something that you’ve suffered from before or not.
I find that eczema on the hands and joints (elbows, wrists, ankles, etc.) is some of the itchiest and worst to deal with. As someone who plays sports, I’ve seen how protective gear can irritate already vulnerable skin…and then there’s the hard (and sometimes scalding hot) water in the locker room showers!
Here are some of the best ways I’ve found to treat eczema:
A gentle cleanser or hand wash are a necessity for sufferers of eczema. Avoid anything with chemicals or strong scents as that can also make things worse. Some washes can help to sooth irritated skin, too.
Pumpkin Patch Soap ($5.25, Rocky Mountain Soap Co.).
Our Styled to Sparkle x LovelyBody all-natural bar soaps are also great options! ($10 each, The Sparkle Shop).
Keeping moisture levels high in hands is critical! Just like with cleansing, it’s important to avoid any harsh chemicals or strong perfumes in lotions that you use. I like products that contain colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno) and natural oils because they both lock in moisture and sooth the irritated skin.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($12.50, Target). This is my favorite for every day use. It isn’t greasy, has very little scent (if any) and is great for your entire body.
Aveeno Eczema Therapy Lotion ($16, Target). This one is a bit more intense and is targeted to treat eczema specifically (it does have a bit of a medicinal smell). Try this one to target a breakout and then follow up with the Daily Moisturizing Lotion for regular use.
Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion ($50, Kiehl’s). This one is a bit on the pricier side, but it is full of essential oils that add a shot of moisture to extra dry areas.
Styled to Sparkle x LovelyBody Vanilla Coffee Whipped Shea Butter ($20, The Sparkle Shop). This body butter is perfect for dry, parched skin and smells so good you’ll want to eat it. All of its ingredients are natural so you won’t irritate skin by using this scented product.
I have tried many different body oils but none of them seem to properly treat eczema (just regular dry skin). This one works and it works well!
Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil ($43, Kiehl’s). This oil has a dry texture and goes on really smoothly. My advice: apply this oil to affected areas, allow it to absorb (this is fairly quick) and then follow with lotion to lock it all in. This bottle of oil lasts forever and is highly effective.
This oil also has a corresponding body lotion (shown above): Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion ($50, Kiehl’s).
Diet and nutrition can play a big role in the health of your skin. One thing that I’ve found works great is taking Biotin. This great vitamin helps boost the health of your hair, skin and nails! For more on skin health from the inside out, check out Daina’s article Nutrition for Clear Skin.
Biotin Tablets ($18, Target).
Cover photo credit: Cedarhouse Spa