Best Moisturiser for Eczema
Eczema is a common condition that affects many people. It can be caused by different factors and although it often starts in infancy, it can rear its head at any age. I often get asked about the best moisturiser to use on eczema as it’s a mine field out there.
What to Look for in a Moisturiser
Skin with eczema is usually dry, flaky and often itchy in patches, lacking in natural oils so it needs a good quality cream with natural oils containing good essential fatty acids so it can replenish and heal. Remember that the most expensive cream is not necessarily the best option and often the fewer ingredients the less lightly it will be to have a reaction. Our new Just Balm in the Nía Delicate Range of Fragrance Free Balm is 100% butters and oils with no preservatives or additives.
What to avoid in a Moisturiser
Avoid products with the following:
- Mineral oil called ‘paraffinum liquidum’ in labels, (a byproduct of petroleum, also known as paraffin oil)
- Silicones often called ‘dimethicone’ and also ‘cyclomethicone’ and a host of others with ‘sil’ hiden in the name. Known to be bio-accumulative in the environment but said to be safe for personal care products due to insufficient testing, go figure.
- Synthetic fragrance (this is a tough one as natural essential oils and synthetic fragrance has the same labelling name, ie ‘parfum’, so you just have to ask.) Refer to the company ethos. I think natural must mean natural, not just containing natural ingredients. Parfum is used in our case to keep our mix of essential oils from being copied but it can be used to conceal a whole host of nasty fragrance. Lordy, don’t let me get into a rant now!!!
- Synthetic preservatives. There’s a host of them out there. Best go for a product without water if you are really sensitive, so there is no need for any preservative. None of our balms or facial or body contain water so there is no need for a preservation system, just a shelf life. Makes it all very easy.
- Alcohol, it can strip away natural moisture and oils in your skin and is totally unsuitable for sensitive skin with or without redness or dryness.
- Parabens, in any combination of esters, methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl.
- Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, which is a common paraben replacement but a harsh irritant and is thought to breakdown into formaldehyde.
- Benzoic acid which can exacerbate eczema and Sodium Benzoate which although comes from berries is linked to DNA damage and Parkinson’s.
- Formaldehyde, known as a carcinogen and also skin irritant.
Stick to natural, good quality, plain ingredients that contain little or preferably no additives that will help the production of lost oils, reduce irritation and keep the skin hydrated and apply little and often.