It’s officially October! And with all the things that I love about the Fall season comes the colder weather. I have eczema, so any changing of seasons and temperature tends to screw with it to various degrees. I have a few staples in my life that keep me going and get me through even the coldest of New England winters.
Aveeno is one of the only brands that consistently keeps my skin under control. I don’t know exactly what it is, but there’s clearly something in their products that helps my eczema stay calm. I normally alternate between Aveeno Skin Relief Fragrance Free Body Wash because it’s fantastic, and Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash with Lavender And Chamomile because I love lavender.
I’ve tried switching to other brands and haven’t had much luck. Dove and I have a terrible relationship and after a while actually made my skin conditions worse. I’ve tried bar soaps, but they’re too drying for my eczema.
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On a normal day, I stick with my Aveeno as well. They have an eczema line that I always go back to for body lotion, Aveeno® Active Naturals Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm.
I have the least dry patches when I’ve used it. It’s a bit expensive, but for someone who has very temperamental skin, I’ll cut back on the snacks to afford the lotion. It comes in a tub and I like to pick up that version because I can reuse the tubs for homemade body scrub.
I will give their other varieties a try every once in a while, usually in more of the warmer weathered seasons.
If it’s a particularly bad skin day I will use Vaseline or a baby oil gel to make sure everything is hydrated to the best of my ability.
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For me, hand lotion and body lotion are very different, in that my hands are where the eczema presents the most and causes cracking, dry skin, peeling, etc. So the Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm is nice and all, but it’s not a thick enough lotion to work on such dry hands. I prefer either Gold Bond Eczema Hand And Body Lotions or Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Hand And Body Lotions.
Because my eczema causes my hands (and feet) so many problems, I’ve finally discovered a way to keep my nails and the surrounding eponychium (that bit that gets dry and you push back or cut off) hydrated. There are 2 main objects are any kind of Vaseline or petroleum jelly, and a mixture of various oils as a cuticle oil.
Cuticle Oil Mixture:
- Argan Oil
- Castor Oil
- Baobab Oil
- Jojoba Oil
I mixed all of these oils into a container, leaving some to go into a small spray bottle to use for easy cuticle care.
But there’s one more thing you’ll need: A cheap electric toothbrush.
Here me out.
I don’t remember where on reddit I read this, but I came across a post years ago where a poster talked about using an electric toothbrush to massage Vaseline into her cuticles. She did it as a nightly routine and I wish I could thank this person eternally!
I alternate between Vaseline and the oil mixture, sometimes even doing both but letting the oil dry before I use the Vaseline.
I also have a cuticle cutter that I use to clip away the dry and dead portions of the eponychium that I can’t hydrate.
Do you have any cold skin hacks? Think there’s something I missed? Let me know in the comments!