Natural Beauty Care Guide

Eczema Skin Care

Wash only once a day, unless you wear makeup, to avoid excessive drying of your skin. Always cleanse with mild, nonirritating cleansers and lukewarm water. If your skin gets extra dry in winter, switch to a cleanser with gentle emollients. Do not use cleansers containing granules, loofahs, or rough cloths, which may only irritate your skin further. Limit your baths or showers to five minutes and use lukewarm or cool water. Gently pat skin dry.

If cracked and weepy, avoid using essential oils as they may act as irritants. Try applying a compress, made by soaking muslin in an infusion of chamomile, to itchy and inflamed areas.

Moisture is crucial for preventing excess dryness and soothing irritated, eczema-prone skin. Apply a rich cream or lotion every day immediately within three minutes is best-after cleansing to seal in moisture. Then reapply to affected areas as needed (usually several times a day).

As stress aggravates eczema, finding a way to stay calm and composed helps keep flare-ups at bay. Be sure your diet is rich in anti-stress B vitamin.

Reduce exposure to dust and house-mites as well as known allergens. Investing in anti-dust-mite bedding often reduce eczema flare-ups. Wear pure cotton, silk and soft natural fibers next to your skin-avoid prickly wool. Food allergies can also trigger and exacerbate eczema.

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