Treating eczema.

Did you know that over 42% of visits to the Doctor are for skincare issues? This is not surprising given the vast amount of synthetic chemicals used within skincare. And even if you think you're buying a natural or organic product this may not be the case.

Did you know that there's no legislation in the UK to govern the use of the word organic or natural in relation to skincare? That means that your 'lovely' natural or organic skincare product may actually only contain less that 2% natural or organic ingredients with the remainder being synthetic. In addition some of the preservatives and foaming agents used in everyday products, can be also found in engine degreaser, floor cleaner and anti-freeze! It is no wonder that there is an increasing issue with people suffering from eczema, when many natural oils are being stripped from the skin through the use of abrasive skincare.

On top of this we also need to pay attention to the food groups we eat to reduce our risk of eczema. So, first of all let's look at this and what can be done with our eating habits to improve our skin...

Reduce sugars and refined carbohydrates and increase complex carbohydrates found in whole grains and rice.

Increase your intake of fresh vegetables, ideally organic. Include plenty of berries and fruits which are rich in antioxidants. Keep an eye out for over acidic fruits as these can irritate.

In the same way that essential fatty acids are great in skincare, they are great in food groups. Source them from nuts, seeds and oily fish such as mackerel and sardines.

A largely vegetarian diet has been shown to reduce eczema. Make sure you source protein from vegetarian sources where possible. Beans and lentils are great for this and are also a high source of fibre - Also great for improving skin.

Drink plenty of water regularly throughout the day. Beautiful herbal teas will also help. Our friends at Pukka offer an incredible range. Diluted fruit juices are also good particularly apple juice (not from concentrate).


Skincare tips

Avoid skincare with alcohol in it, as this will strip the natural oils from your skin. The sebum of the skin will react when the natural oils are removed often resulting in worse eczema and atopic dermatitis. Break the cycle by using skincare rich in oils and natural emollients. It may feel weird applying oils to what is perceived to be an oily skin, but it helps to regulate sebum production and brings the skin into natural balance. So go with it and remember less is more. A tiny amount is required to make sure the skin can 'breathe' and repair.

Choose lovely gentle skincare with organic certification to authenticate that it really is what it says it is. Made for Life organic skincare balms and oils are all rich in naturally occurring vitamins and bioactive ingredients including antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which will soothe, replenish and nourish irritated and dry skin.

Use PH neutral soap rather than shower gels which often contain SLS. After repeated use these may strip the natural oils from the skin. Also make sure that you choose gently PH neutral hair care. Again look for authentic ranges. If you don't understand the ingredients do ask before you buy how 'natural' the ingredients are.

Eczema can be a stressful and in addition can be linked to stress. Find gentle ways to ease this. Introduce some healthy habits which make you feel good about yourself and nurture you and your skin and you'll notice a huge difference.

We have hundreds of customers who've found that our original formulations have helped ease their symptoms and cleared their eczema. In particular, our Skin Solve with Calendula is one of our top sellers. It will gently but effectively soothe and nourish irritated skin providing all the essential ingredients to bring the skin back to its natural healthy balance. Our Sore Skin balm with Propolis is also really effective.

So just simply take action and implement some natural healthy methods which you can easily introduce into your life. Healthy skin is beautiful skin!