In the last few weeks I was diagnosed with eczema and finding the right moisturizer has been the top priority. For those of you who don’t know what eczema is, the skin becomes extremely dry and cannot retain the moisture which causes a lot of dry patches and itchiness. As a result establishing a functional moisturizing routine along with the proper moisturizers is an absolute essential.
(It can be that the initial symptoms vary from person to person so it’s the best to consult your doctor to figure out what is going on with your system and get it tested. Also you can also consult your doctor on the type of moisturizers you can use.)
These are a few oils that are available around the house to use to get your skin looking fresh and moisturized.
Coconut Oil– The most widely used kind of moisturizing oil around the world as it is so readily available. Coconut oil is nice to use in food, good for the skin and hair and even eye lashes. As a result you can easily find this in your kitchen. You can also use a couple of drops of coconut oil in your bath that will leave you moisturized. With coconut oil there are two things that you should be careful about 1. Do not use too much, as you will be an oily mess (especially if you are in a humid place) 2. Use an unscented, pure coconut oil as the fragrance ingredients could cause irritation to the skin.
Baby Oil– I used the Johnson’s baby oil with vitamin E specifically formulated for babies. The best part about using baby oil is that it is gentle so you know that it’s not going to cause adverse reactions on the skin. At the same time it is easy to wear and not too sticky. So for anyone who love to smell like babies, this is a perfect choice.
Almond oil– Almond oil is amazing and works great for me. My skin was looking a bit funny in the aftermath from the initial wave of eczema, almond oil brought it back to looking like skin. Almond oil has a soothing smell and is very light but it is very moisturizing. Although almond oil appears to be thicker than coconut oil and baby oil, it disappears the minute you spread it across the skin. Almond oil is perfect to even use it in humid conditions and easy to wear all day.
Cream version of moisturizers- I use the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe. It says on the bottle that it restores and soothes dry skin. My mum bought this for me and it does the job, no doubt in that but for me this is not the most ideal moisturizer. Living in a humid city, creams can often become clammy and uncomfortable during the course of the day. Also due to a scratching , you tend to get a lot of wounds and using creams over open cuts is not the best option. This is also much much thicker than the oils as expected.
Any of these work well for a few hours at a stretch. I wanted to give a break up of the wear ability of each product especially when you are in a humid city. It is important to know that in spite of being in a humid city where you tend to sweat a lot so no one would expect to have extreme dryness- but do moisturize as the skin needs what it needs.
Find a suitable routine that is convenient for you. If you want to know what my moisturizing routine is leave a comment and i’ll do another post.
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