It’s currently -31 degrees Celcius outside. For all of my American readers you probably can’t even picture that kind of cold (It’s -31 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s the kind that hurts your face the moment you step outside. Yes, after a generally mild winter thus far, the cold has finally set in and our skin is paying the price.
My son and I both have flair ups of eczema throughout the year. In the summer it’s a result of an allergy to trees and grass. In the winter, it’s the bitter dry cold. The result is the same though – itchy, flaky, red, and burning skin that regular lotion just can’t penetrate. With November being Eczema Awareness Month, I thought it would be timely to introduce you to some of my favourite products to control this uncomfortable problem.
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Since Aveeno came out with their Aveeno BABY Eczema Care line, I’ve breathed a huge sigh of relief because Aveeno a brand I use often and have trusted for years. I love that it is fragrance free, paraben-free, steroid-free and allergy-tested. It’s a product I can easily find almost anywhere as well, making it super accessible.
Both C and I had been using prescription medical cream for our eczema for many years. The problem is that over time it can thin the skin and cause damage to the already delicate area. Since using the Aveeno BABY Eczema Care Line we have found that the need to resort to the medical creams has dramatically decreased. It’s all about setting a proper skincare routine so it doesn’t get to the point of painful and itchy blistering.
Establishing an Easy Skincare Routine for Kids with Eczema
In hot weather, sunburns and allergies can aggravate sensitive skin. In cold weather, the wind and snow can really do a number on exposed skin as well, especially the hands and face. The best thing you can do is to make sure to minimize skin exposure the elements. In the summer it might mean wearing breathable long pants to play soccer instead of shorts. In the winter it means ensuring your face and hands are covered with warm clothing. Prevention is key.
This one may seem counter-intuitive as experts once recommended to limit bathing if you were an eczema sufferer. Research now shows that bathing actually provides much needed moisture to the skin. So don’t skip the bath, just be sure to moisturize well afterward.
Moisturize While Wet
The best time to moisturize is actually while the skin is still damp to trap in moisture. So as soon as you scoop your little one out of the bath, grab a thick moisturizer and slather it on. Since we have baths in our household right before bed, I love the Aveeno Eczema Care Nighttime Balm. The ACTIVE NATURALS Colloidal Oatmeal and ceramides soothe itchy skin and seal in moisture and will continue to soak it and strengthen your child’s natural moisture barrier while they sleep.
Socks and Gloves to Bed
My son and I both wake ourselves up scratching our hands raw in our sleep. What begins as an itch before bed often morphs into a uncontrollable clawing at the skin until it bleeds. I read a few years ago that lathering up with lotion and covering your hands and feet with socks and mini gloves before bed, not only traps in the moisture but prevents you from scratching in your sleep. I love the Aveeno BABY Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream. It’s a little lighter than the nighttime balm for hands and feet but a little creamier than the daily lotion.
Lather Up Often
Lastly, when the temperature changes and flair ups are more likely, it’s important to keep on top of your moisturizing routine. I love Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion for use throughout the day. I apply it on both of us in the morning and mid-day at minimum to prevent further itchiness, redness, and dryness. It’s a great option for in between flair ups as part of your daily regimen.
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Regardless of whether you or your family suffer with eczema, the Aveeno Eczema Care and Daily Care line have you covered. Check out more of their products on their You Tube Channel and Facebook page as well for more information. Also, if you leave a review on their website you could win prizes!
What are your best tips for keeping moisturized this winter? Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts!
XO The Good Enuf Mommy
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