Our family is prone to getting a little dry skin and I have suffered with mild eczema since I was a child, I say mild because I have seen it much worse for others, despite it being very sore and irritating for myself, I only usually have small patches of it, as an adult its usually in the same place on my hands and its worse in the winter, especially where my wedding and engagement rings sit, the bit I don't dry properly after washing my hands as I am always in a hurry and wash my hands countless times a day. Sometimes I have to have a break from wearing my rings and let my hands heal.
My top tips for anyone that also suffers with eczema would be...
- To shower/bath less, "that's disgusting" I hear some people say but water makes eczema worse and too much soap will also irritate the skin.
- Make sure you dry yourself properly after washing.
- Always moisturise the skin with what ever suits your skin the best - I use Aveeno.
- Use less laundry detergent and fabric softener on your clothes - I use an Ecoegg, no detergent at all and it saves me lots of money too. They are also approved by the National Eczema Society.
Aveeno have some great products to help with eczema and dry, sensitive skin, I have been using it for a while now and so long as I keep up with the routine of moisturising after I wash my hands they have stayed soft and without any irritation. It soaks into the skin easily and does not leave the skin greasy like some
The products are suitable for use on children and they have also produced a story book to help if you have a child who is struggling with the routine of being moisturised due to having eczema. You can download a copy of it from their website.
You can also claim a free sample of Aveeno from their facebook page.
We were sent samples of the product for the purpose of this review