we all must be suffering from parched hands – all this washing with harsher soap. I must admit, I am still using a more natural soap thats more gentle but washing thoroughly after I return from the outside. this strong wind is not also helping the skin. if you suffer from dry skin, especially in the winter months – remember that the central heating doesn’t help, but if you put a glass of water by your radiator this will help put some moisture back into the air – add a few drops of lavender essential oil for a lovely aroma ; there are lots of different products out there, other than cortisone cream which is what doctors seem to dish out. cortisone is good in small doses and especially to stop spreading and keeping the excema under control, but try and use sparingly and then use the more natural options. my poor husband has very dried out excema knuckles now as he is washing his hands every hour at work.
my daughter has always suffered in the creases of the arms, ever since she was little, and i have tried so many different products. I am quite a natural person, white witch my son calls it, but generally i try to use natural to cure illnesses first, then if i have to resort to the chemical stuff, fine. the best of all the products i have tried for dry chapped skin is Napiers, Infant Starflower cream – its soothing, penetrative and doesn’t sting. Calendula cream can sting excema, and therefore make it look redder. barefoot sos is another soothing moisturiser.. one of my favourites though is golden tumeric cream by suneeta – it works in all areas that are dry and irritable. hopes relief is an excellent moisturiser for excema and irritable skin. one cream that really helped my excema breakout last year was dermalex, its apparently steroid free, but it really worked for me. I never have suffered with excema, just the odd patch here and there, but in recent years, it seems to be getting more often – I put it down to the change of life, the added stress of moving house, the harsher winds that we seem to be facing at the moment.
the wonder product for me at the moment is borage oil, which you can squeeze from a capsule, it doesn’t smell wonderful, but it is an amazing soothing oil that I use on dry patches on my face before my moisturiser or from Ordinary – Liz Earle sensitive moisturiser and CiCa cream also has borage as its key element and it really is soothing. I find that at different times of your life, your skin reacts differently and products that did work, no longer do, so I try to list the products so that you can find what suits you. I recently discovered Cicaplast balm from Roche Posay and this is quite soothing and if you get the one with the SPF 50 in it, it will help shield some of the sun rays.
other alternatives – Stellaria cream by Neale’s Yard, or Aloe Vera moisturiser from B Natural Skincare, which is equally as good for any part of your body and Goats milk cream from Elegance. Apparently lanolin is a big aggrevator of the skin, so avoiding products containing lanolin is advised. For general everyday use, shower gel, body cream, aveeno, seems gentle enough and is affordable to just use generously all over the body. Aveeno has many different creams, some for the hands, some for the face, and it really is moisturising. hope’s cream is a great non steroid cream and also is available as a body lotion – I use this cream a lot and is my favourite daily body moisturiser at the moment – I alternate between the Hopes Cream and Aveeno. Remember that hair products, shampoo, conditioner, and especially hair dye all contain chemicals and can cause allergic reactions – it was one of the main culprits in my daughter’s case – its the lathering agent that can cause reactions. liz earle products are very good for people with sensitive skin, as is australian organics for the hair. Green people do a very good sensitive hair range and this is great for itchy scalps and people with allergies. simple products are also non irritating if you want something that is widely available. the best cream i have tried for dry cracked heels is Cerave and good old coconut oil – try one of the organic ones – it really has worked. for lips I love skin & tonic’s naked lip balm.
As with all creams, i tend to think that your skin gets use to all creams and changing is always a good thing, as your skin responds to new things. Of course, everybody is different and they react to things differently, but natural is worth a try and none of the above are very expensive, so worth a try.