Winter skin 101: eczema

Winter skin 101: eczema

We’ve spoken to three of the industry’s leading skincare experts (a cosmetic dermatologist and researchers from Vaseline Intensive Care and Clinique) to get the lowdown on surviving these winter chills when you suffer from eczema.
Stay tuned those with chapped, cracked, dull and lacklustre skin, advice is on its way, later this week.

Q) What key ingredients should I be looking out for?

A) It’s best to be cautious when treating eczema so that you don’t trigger a flare-up. Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Adrian Lim advises sufferers to “look for bland preparations, even avoiding natural botanicals to avoid developing allergies and to reduce the risk of irritation.” Ruth Muller, Research and Development for Vaseline Intensive Care, agrees stating that an intense, sensitive-skin moisturiser that’s low or un-fragranced is best. Try: Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion.

Alison McBurnie, Clinique’s National Education Manager, recommends the new Clinique Comfort on Call because not only is it allergy tested and 100 per cent fragrance free, “it contains a key ingredient called dimethicone that provides an invisible barrier to help shield skin from damage caused by the wind and cold.” Also look for soothing ingredients such as jabara fruit extract and colloidal oatmeal as both soothe surface irritation and provide all-day moisturisation.”

Q) What should be I be avoiding?

A) As McBurnie points out, “skin that suffers from eczema is often inflamed and itchy, so avoid anything too harsh that will result in additional redness. Keep water temperatures low when washing and remember to be gentle.” Dr Lim stresses that eczema sufferers should avoid products that contain “fragrance, preservatives and superfluous additives” as these will only irritate inflamed areas further. It’s also important to keep target areas soothed and cool, bh recommends Dermorganics Emergency Facial Remedy as it’s formulated to treat skin that is irritated and inflamed.

Q) What should my daily skin routine consist of?

A) Dr Lim says eczema sufferers should “avoid long hot showers, oil-stripping soaps, scrubbing the skin, woolly clothing and other forms of direct irritation to the skin.” These are all common practices during winter but try to refrain, your skin will thank you! He also warns to “be aware that air-conditioning can dry the skin further and worsen eczema.”

“Regular moisturisation throughout the day is key to helping reduce the frequency of eczema flare-ups,” says Muller. “Use a mild, sensitive-skin, soap-free cleanser with added moisturisers (eg. Dove Extra Sensitive Beauty Cream Bar, Dove Triple Moisturising Body Wash) and then follow up with a good dry or sensitive skin lotion like Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion). Apply a spot cream to areas of flare-up such as Vaseline Intensive Rescue Relief & Repair Balm, regular application of moisturiser and soap-free cleanser can help to minimise flare-ups.

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