My Struggle With Eczema
I have talked a little about my skin issues before. I have severe allergies and often have eczema breakouts caused environmental allergens. It is really frustrating to constantly have red, bumpy, itchy skin. Before finding what worked for my skin I spent endless time and money on different soaps, shampoos/conditioners and lotions. Each would work for a while and then after about a week or so they would start causing skin irritation. It was really frustrating because I am very frugal and I felt awful that a large part of our monthly budget was going to wasted personal products.
I finally found a few products that really work for me. I want to share with you what I have found in hopes that it will help you. Here are my top ten solutions.
1.) Norwex Body Cloth, these things have been a life saver. I was able to stop using soap all together. That’s right I only use the body cloth and water to clean my face and to shower with. These cloths gently remove all my makeup without reddening my skin. It’s a really big deal because I always felt self-conscious about washing my face in front of my husband. A red face with raccoon eyes from hard to remove eye makeup is not an attractive look. To remove my makeup I just wet the cloth and start wiping my face. If eye makeup is tough I just place the wet cloth over each eye for about 20 seconds and when I wipe and it comes right off. To get more exfoliation from the cloth I ring out more water, the more water that is in the cloth the softer it will be.
In the shower I just wet the cloth and wipe my body. I was a little scared I would smell at first but my Husband and I have used them for about six months and neither of us smell. My thoughts are, if they stand up to man smell I have no worries at all. They have several color options to choose from.
2.) Dry Brush , I use this tool about twice a week. It is a brush that I lightly scrub my dry skin with before I hop into the shower. Dry brushing is a great way to exfoliate while increasing circulation. The increased circulation helps heal blemishes and removes dead skin that can build up. Some even say dry brushing can improve digestion and kidney function, stimulate your lymphatic system, and reduce cellulite. Most sources say to do it every morning but that was a little too much for my sensitive skin.
3.) Homemade Tallow Cream, this cream has been a life saver. I will never use another moisturizer on my skin again. My skin regiment has certainly changed over the years. I used to wash my face with some sort of acne face wash then put a lotion on my face. This caused dry yet overly oily skin that was prone to breakouts. I had been told by a gal at the Origins counter that my skin over produces oil because it is so dry. The extra oil it produces actually contributes to the dryness. I thought, great how can I have oily/dry skin? I wasn’t until later, I realized the chemicals in all those face washes were stripping my natural oils from my skin. My skins response was to mass produce oil. So I changed the way I cared for my face skin. In the mornings I don’t wash my face I just rinse it well with warm water, pat dry and apply cream to any dry spots. Before bed I clean my face with the Norwex Body Cloth and then put the cream on my face. This seems to keep my oil issue balanced and I stopped getting that shine half way through the day.
4.) Origins Cleanser, If you can afford this cleanser and aren’t going to splurge on a Norwex body cloth, I highly recommend it. I used to buy it back when my parents helped me out. Oh those were the days! This spendy stuff is an oil that you clean your dry skin with. Once you add water it turns from an oil to almost a milky texture and washes off clean. It is amazing! Oil cleansing is a great way to clean your skin and is something my skin likes. There are many homemade recipes online but I haven’t found one that compares to this product.
5.) Just Natural organic Shampoo and Conditioner, Back when I was so sick my hair started falling out. Every day handfuls would come out, my hair went from thick and healthy to thin and scraggly. After I got my health under control my hair started to thicken up but the long pieces were just too thin so I had to cut them. Short hair is not my thing and I long for my long hair back. This shampoo and conditioner is amazing! It’s a bit more spendy but ends up lasting longer than any other brand that I have used, so it evens out. It suds up nicely, an issue with a lot of natural cleaners because we have extremely hard water. I can see a real difference in my hair and have taken monthly pictures so I can do a full review on the product later.
6.) South of France Nubian Heritage Deodorant, my armpits love this stuff! With all the studies linking deodorant to breast cancer I wanted to find an alternative that really worked. It took me about a year to land on this brand. I know each person is different, many of the brands other “all natural” fanatics promoted caused me extreme irritation. This brand has been great and has many scents. I use Honey and Black Seed with Apricot Oil and Wild Honey but they make Indian Hemp and Haitian with Neem Oil, African Black Soap , and Coconut & Papaya with Vanilla Oil.
7.) DIY Eyelash Serum I have used this homemade serum for about 4 months now and I absolutely love it. I apply it to my eyelashes before bed and they have grown fuller and longer. I was able to see the difference in a week. I also put the serum on any spot I see that is starting to form fine lines and it helps plump the area with healthy moisture.
8.) Drink water, I know that this sounds like a no brainer but increasing my water intake has helped my skin so much. I have a hard time drinking enough water but I found that if I drink from a straw I drink more. So I bought a Contigo Autospout water bottle in turquoise just to encourage me to drink and I must say it has worked. It comes in stainless steel as well and I will be upgrading mine soon.
9.) Food based vitamins, If your body is lacking nutritionally you are going to see it in your skin. I really like Garden of Life products. Most of their vitamins are made with a fermentation process and every time I see them reviewed they get good ratings. I take Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal , Oceans Mom, Prenatal DHA, Calcium Citrate Magnesium Vitamin D3 . I also take Living Multi Vitamin C, I will note that I avoid synthetic Vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid). The Healthy Home Economist touches on why we should avoid the synthetic version.
10.) Probiotics, I can’t stress enough how important it is to help out our gut. There are studies out every day that show how important taking a probiotic is. Probiotics can build immunities, prevent cancer, alleviate depression and anxiety, prevent stomach issues, help avoid diabetes, aid in weight loss, and prevent the overgrowth of yeast in the body. I alternate brands and strains throughout the year. Right now we are taking Renew Life Ultimate Flora. You can check out probiotic reviews on Labdoor.com they are third-party lab that tests vitamins and supplements. They can tell you how your probiotic stacks up to others.
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