Eczema, oh eczema. It swells, it itches, it’s raw and scaly — there’s nothing good about it. If
you experience eczema flares every now and then, this skin care guide is for you (and don’t
worry, you WON’T have to spend a fortune).
1. Most important — stay hydrated!
This one should go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway: DRINK WATER! And lots of it. Better yet, drink mineral water — natural minerals are known to help reduce the side effects of eczema. Follow the 8x8 rule (8 glasses of 8 oz. water) each day (or more if you’re physically active). A little tip: carrying a reusable water bottle will drastically increase your water intake, and decrease your impact on the environment!
2. Pay attention to what you’re eating.
We know it’s hard to avoid cakes, sodas and shakes, but trust us when we say... sugar does not help your eczema. A balanced diet full of fruits (apples, blueberries, cherries), vegetables
(spinach, broccoli, kale), healthy fats (salmon) and lean protein will keep your symptoms at bay AND make you feel great.
3. Control your temperature.
Don’t take this the wrong way, we’re not talking about your temperature! We’re talking about
the temperature of your showers (and baths). Believe it or not, exposing your skin to too much water can dry it out. Taking quick, lukewarm showers and baths will give you the soak you need without exacerbating your eczema.
4. Exfoliate, but don’t irritate.
Eczema can cause your skin to be very sensitive, but don’t let that scare you from getting down and dirty with TheCoffeeScrub. Gentle exfoliation can help shed the dead (skin) without harming your moisture levels. Our coffee scrub will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and plump.
5. Tone the soap usage down.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to wash your entire body with soap EVERY day! (You also don’t need to use shampoo and conditioner every day, but we’ll save that for another post.) This is especially true for those with eczema. Harsh soaps remove your body's’ natural oils and disrupt your pH balance, changing the acidity of your skin. Use a mild soap and focus mainly on the areas that need it the most.
6. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Moisturize within a few minutes of bathing or showering. This “locks in” your moisture and
better protects your skin. Avoid fragrance moisturizers!
7. Soothe it out with coconut oil.
Just because every skin care routine should end with a good ol’ coconut oil rub.