Today I’m bringing you the first in my ‘Eczema Prone Skin Series’ and I’m talking: Moisturisers in all their forms. If like me you suffer with Eczema, luxurious bath, body and skincare products can seem like a distant dream and the thought of trying a new product can be a frightening thought. In my experience this is generally because when you suffer with a skin condition and you find a product that your body accepts – you stick by that product!
If like me you suffer with this skin condition then I’m betting as soon as you saw the title of this post you immediately thought “YES! Someone who gets me! Eczema is a condition that never gets talked about on beauty reviews.. why not? As sufferers it is an ongoing battle to find skincare that WORKS. You can help yourself, save some cash and advise others by just talking about the subject”
You will notice from the title that there is a Lush theme to this post. This is because if you didn’t already know I do work for the company and therefore I naturally try A LOT of their products. You might think this makes me biased to their awesomeness.. My answer to that would be to try for yourself and form your own opinion. I think eczema is a serious subject, at times it is awful for the sufferer and so I wouldn’t recommend a product lightly.
When it comes to finding eczema friendly products I tend to find the general consensus is that anything that provides moisture is a winner, and that avoiding ingredients that are overly astringent or high in citrus oils are ones to avoid. When looking for ingredients to add or retain moisture in the skin you need to seek out products that contain higher contents of Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Almond Oil and Coconut Oil.
Usually my top pick for an effective body moisturiser changes every few months as my skin gets used to a product. However for about 4 months now I have been loving the New Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion £12.95 from Lush. Working for Lush I do get to sample many products from the different ranges, but I have never felt as strongly about a Lush product as I do about this one. I really do think that it is awesome! Packed full of Fair Trade Olive Oil, Glycerine, Moringa Oil, Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Fresh Aloe Gel and Ylang Ylang Oil – It really is super moisturising and calming for eczema prone skin. I also love New Charity Pot because aside from the amazing feeling it gives to my troubled skin, 100% of the cost to buy this product minus the vat goes straight to help the amazing grass roots charities that Lush supports globally. You can find out more about the work that Charity Pot funds on the Lush Website.
I wasn’t a fan of the original Charity Pot as it had too much of a heavy floral scent and soaked in too quickly. Lush have cleverly made the new version in a self-preserving formula which now makes it richer, thicker in consistency and a little bit goes a lot further – great news for serial twice a day users like me! It also has a new fresh Aloe Vera scent which I much prefer.
Top Tip: Keep this product in the fridge for an extra soothing sensation on eczema prone skin!
Currently I am LOVING the Full Of Grace Facial Serum Bar £8.25 from Lush. I find this to be a night time product rather than day time as the ingredients do take a while to sink in, and so I apply a generous layer and massage into the skin before I get into bed to let it work it’s magic overnight. I’m a big fan of facial serums and find this one to really soothe any dry eczema patches on the face.
“A deeply moisturising facial serum in solid form that glides on to leave skin feeling renewed without heaviness. We’ve created a skin-feeding blend of oils and mixed with Portobello mushrooms for their skin-protecting vitamins and minerals, whilst chamomile blue oil and calamine powder calm the skin – and the latter controls greasiness too. Warm on the fingertips or glide it across the skin like a massage bar, allowing the bar to melt and all the beautiful ingredients to soak in.”
For the mornings I like to mix things up a little and depending on how my skin is feeling that day I will choose one of two moisturisers. The first being the new Lush Million Dollar Moisturiser which is a little on the pricey side at £32.50 but I think well worth the skincare investment. It lasts for such a long time as even on really dry skin you need the smallest amount. It contains fantastically soothing ingredients such as Oatmeal, Shea Butter, Lavender, Rose and also Honey which is a natural antiseptic – great for flare ups! Lush have also added a little of their Feeling Younger Cream Highlighter into the formula which gives a subtle glow to the skin without adding any tint or colour, meaning that it takes the edge off flare up days when I don’t feel I can bear to use a full foundation.
Top Tip: Add a skin tint or a dab of foundation to this moisturiser, and use alongside a little concealer for a dewy light coverage on spotty skin days
My other moisturiser of choice is the Lush Skin’s Shangri La Facial Moisturiser. Again this is leaning towards the more expensive end of the range at £28.95 but again I feel the price reflects the contents of the 45g tub. This is not the richest of the Lush moisturisers available, but I find the combination of ingredients to be by far the best of the product selection for eczema prone skin. I look for ingredients like Wheat Grass and Wheat Germ as these are great anti-inflammatory ingredients because I find my skin swells and becomes puffy during a flare up and these ingredients really do wonders for that.
These are just a few of the different moisturising products I have tried on my troublesome skin over the years. Sometimes products work for a little while and then slowly lose their effectiveness as my skin gets immune to their powers! The products I have mentioned today are the ones that have stood the test of time. Don’t forget that Lush offer free samples of all their products with no obligation to buy, so head into your local Lush for a consultation.
What are your go to products for eczema prone skin?