After doing research for quite some time now, it’s been determined that I have a small case of eczema. It began a couple of years back with small, dry patches that came and went on my legs and forearms that I didn’t think much about. However, it really came to my attention once I developed a very noticeable dry patch on my forehead about 4 months ago. I had to face the reality of eczema. I was upset and it really messed with my confidence. So I had a choice to make–allow this to bother me or work with it. I chose the latter.
With that being said, I did a complete overhaul with my skincare routine: no fragrances, no alcohol based products, and sought out products that directly targeted dry, sensitive, and eczema-prone skin.
My Skincare Routine and The Benefits:
Cetaphil Gentle Cleaning Cloths ($5.99 @ Target)
These wipes are fragrance free and truly gentle on my skin when it comes to taking my makeup off. My face doesn’t feel dry or irritated after using them, leaving my face feeling soft with no cotton residue.
Pure African Black Soap (Various Prices @ ebay.com)
It’s not all that attractive, but this natural soap has great healing abilities, helping with dry skin, aging, scars, and blemishes. This is my main source for cleansing my face day and night along with my spin brush for an even deeper clean. From personal use, I’m seeing my blemishes slowly fade and my dry patches are easier to manage.
Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser ($7.29 @Walgreens)
I occasionally use this cleanser for when I tend to break out and it’s really helped with keeping my break outs under control, yet it’s still gentle enough on my skin and dry areas. The charcoal acts as a natural magnet, pulling all dirt and impurities out of the skin for a deep clean. I also love the tingle it gives my face and it smells AMAZING!
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water ($6.29 @Target)
I’ve already bragged a little about this in my August Faves blog, but this stuff does wonders on my skin. I use it as both a makeup remover and toner and it does a great job at cleansing my skin with absolutely no irritation. What makes this product so beneficial to my skin also is the ingredient Glycerin, which helps overall improve the skin and retain its moisture.
Cetaphil Moiturizing Cream ($12.39 @ drugstore.com)
This fragrance free moisturizer is super hydrating without the oily feeling afterwards. I use this both day and night and especially before wearing any makeup to keep my skin moisturized all day. Another great benefit it that this jar is 16 oz and with a little of this stuff going a long way, it will last a very long time (I’ve had my jar for over a year now).
And now for the body:
Eucerin Calming Body Wash ($6.39 @ Target) and Eucerin Calming Creme ($5.49 @ Target)
I can honestly say I’ve never experienced truly soft skin until now (lol)! This brand of body wash is actually oil based and doesn’t lather as much as a regular was so this helps the skin to seal in moisture and fight off dryness. Using this along with the creme has helped my dry patches tremendously, keeping my skin really soft and cutting down on my itching.
I hope this can help anyone with eczema or even extremely dry and sensitive skin!
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