Dry skin, tightness, rashes and constant itching … As winter rears its ugly head, the symptoms of eczema begin to appear for many people having sensitive skin. Although aggravated by cold, dry air and sudden temperature changes, the symptoms of eczema can still be controlled.
WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry skin with the appearance of scaly red blotches causing itching and tingling. These red blotches can occur all over the body but most often near the flex or muscles. Several types of eczema exist, the most common being atopic dermatitis often associated with a direct (contact) or indirect reaction to an allergen.
Usually diagnosed during infancy, the symptoms of eczema can decrease or persist as we age. Many people prone to eczema are also often prone to food and seasonal allergies.
The specific causes of eczema remain unknown, but it is believed to develop due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Atopic dermatitis occurs when the skin is directly or indirectly exposed to irritants and allergens such as soaps, house dust mites, deodorants, detergents, certain fabrics (wool), etc. Its re-occurrence makes it that much more evident when the skin is dry or subjected to dry climates, heating, a drop in humidity, excessive sweating or even stress. Being that the protective barrier is damaged; the skin loses its moisture, dries out and becomes more vulnerable to environmental aggression’s.
6 TIPS TO PREVENT THE SYMPTOMS OF ECZEMA
- Avoid aggressive and irritating cleansers. Wash your face using a gentle, soothing and non‐irritating cleanser such as the Nelly De Vuyst® Foaming Cleanser Sensitive Skin. This will help rid the skin of all impurities while still respecting it.
- Immediately relieve the irritation and itching. To avoid aggravating the symptoms of eczema, soothe itching and irritation with the Nelly De Vuyst® Sensitive Skin Extract. An ideal treatment made of Wort oil, olive oil and vitamin E known for its calming, soothing and restorative properties.
- Take a bath to allow moisture back into the skin. For people dealing with the stress of everyday life, use the Nelly De Vuyst® Relaxing Bath containing relaxing and tension releasing therapeutic essential oils. Pat dry and apply the NDV Body Lotion on damp skin. This treatment cream provides ultra‐moisturizing extracts rich in marine sourced elastin and collagen ideal for those prone to dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.
- Deeply Hydrate The Skin
- On the Face: Use the Nelly De Vuyst® Dry Skin Cream that is highly recommended for dry skin prone to eczema, psoriasis or sensitive to the winter cold. Rich in moisturizing ingredients (biomimetic) such as natural moisturizing factors (NMF) and essential fatty acids, this treatment provides immediate and prolonged hydration for up to 24 hours.
- To deeply repair and maximize hydration of the skin: Add the Cellular‐Matrix Oil made of Borage seed oil known for its nourishing, repairing and regenerating properties to your facial or body cream.
- Use a humidifier to regulate dry air. Maintain an ideal humidity level of around 50%.
- Wash your clothes using a detergent specifically adapted for sensitive skin in order to limit any reaction to irritants.