This is a guest post by Susie of Susie’s Old Fashioned Finishing School.
I’ve had eczema for as long as I can remember. Yes, I was one of those kids at school who had the lot, asthma, eczema and hay fever. I was the one who at infant school, had to go indoors at playtime to have eyedrops put in, rub creams into the skin inside my elbows and take my inhaler!
I’m now 30 and have more or less grown out of the hay fever and only have problems with asthma if I get anywhere near a dog!
But, the eczema has stayed with me. Over time I’ve had food allergy tests done and skin patch tests so I’m now fully aware of what I need to avoid, which makes managing it much easier. I’ve tried loads of products and have finally found some which I can use on a day to day basis without having a reaction. Here are my recommendations. Please remember these are what work for me as an individual, they may not suit your skin- I’m not a qualified skin expert, I’ve just lived in my skin and tried to find what works for me.
The main thing is moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. I always try to look for products that are as natural or green or eco as possible, as my skin absorbs so much of it, but that are also fragrance free, as perfume/fragrance is one of my allergens. That includes free of essential oils – despite them being natural.
This is amazing, it doesn’t sit on top of the skin either. My skin just soaks it up and feels soft and supple afterwards.
This very gentle shampoo is especially mild and protective, formulated with a neutral pH and is hypoallergenic. Made with chamomile, the calming and soothing herb and with no fragrance, gentle enough for those people with skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. It is mild enough to use as often as desired.
Deeply soothing, fragrance-free conditioner in a moisture locking formula. You only need a bit of this as it’s very rich.
This is manufactured from pure natural rock crystal with no aluminium chlorohydrate, parabens or toxic ingredients. The hypoallergenic rock crystal eliminates odour-causing bacteria and, healthily, does not block pores, allowing perspiration without body odour. In a handy long lasting push-up stick format. I bought this November 2009 and I’ve not even had to push it up yet! It’s going to last me forever! Faith in Nature is a UK company but I’m sure you could find something similar on the internet, just type in “rock crystal deodorant”.
I’ve just started using this as a fall back next to the sink after washing up. It does have some parabens, so isn’t completely natural, but it is working for me right now.
Fragrance-free and preservative-free this comes in sterile single doses, which are also great for travelling. This brand is recommended by dermatologists and is based on natural spring water. I use it to take of makeup then splash my face with cold water, then follow with one of the following depending on the time of year.
Another product from a great company, who have fantastic ethics. This is light but packs a real moisture punch with ingredients such as Organic Aloe Vera & Calendula.
Made especially for sensitive, allergy prone and fragile skin as it is rich with natural anti-inflammatory actives such as Vitamin B5 and healing Vitamin E to help soothe, comfort and help repair your skin. Suitable for sensitive, allergy prone, fragile skin this is surprisingly light for the amount of moisture you get. I tend to use this in summer when my skin doesn’t need the richness of the Vegecol cream.
The links I’ve included are all to the brands websites, so you can get details like ingredients and more information about the brands and their ethos. Obviously with the internet you can shop around and get the best price for you in your country.
I’d love to hear about it if any of you try these products of if you have any recommendations of your own.
Susan Earlam is a happily married 30 year old mother of one. She loves being a stay at home mum/ housewife. She also blogs about being thrifty, shopping with a retro twist, vintage furniture and clothes, beauty, baking, sewing and generally being creative. Visit her lovely blog Susie’s Old Fashion Finishing School for some great vintage inspiration.