I have written about eczema on the blog before and I am pretty sure I will do so again.
The past few weeks I have had flu (yes the real type not a bad cold as there was no cold) and have been totally wiped out.
As well as aches and pain, a cough that I am sure is waking the neighbours and throat so sore I can barely swallow, my skin has taken a bit of a tumble too.
This time round I tried out some products from Skinfix, a brand that is all about results without the use of sulphates, parabens, silicones or fragrances. I didn’t know this but their site states one in five adults suffer from eczema and their products are all about treating this common condition with a natural, targeted approach, which I am all for.
The things about skin that is battling eczema, is that is drier than your average skin and needs a cream that can hydrate and moisturise it and this is where the Skinfix ‘Soothing Body Butter’ comes in.
The thick, white cream is easily absorbed into the skin and I found it was best to apply it when I was fresh from the shower and my skin was still warm. The product is packed with shea and cupuaçu and together with coconut oil, the rich mix skins into the skin taking away not only the dryness but also the redness that makes me want to cover up all summer long.
I love that this cream is fragrance, steroid, hydrocortisone, soy, paraben and phthalate free but because it is paced with xolloidal oatmeal, oat oil and oat proteins, it gets to work soothing and comforting the skin from the word go.
I have been using this daily for a couple of weeks and whilst I will be honest and admit I miss the citrus smell of the body moisturiser I was using, I don’t miss the rough, red patches that were particularly bothering me as I slept.
For those really stubborn eczema patches, I have been doubling up with one of the infant products, Gentle Eczema Balm. An alternative to prescription medication, this super soft, healing balm helps to repair the skin barrier thanks to a blend of natural butters, botanicals and emollient protective oils. Upon application it creates a barrier that really does protect dry, red, itchy and irritated skin patches all over the body. I have found it to be most useful on my knuckles, and my son had a flare up of eczema on his back and it really did the tricky. No stinging, or reactions, just skin that feels softer and more manageable.
These are certainly two products that will become a staple in our house, and with a holiday in the sun booked for July, I will also be ordering a few more bits from Skinfix to ensure our skin is in tip-top condition all summer long.