Much as we love a hot shower, it is better to take warm baths instead as they are less drying. Using a very gentle cleanser that maintains the skin’s barrier is important - and here's a great one that you can also use as a bubble bath in your warm bath since it foams:
A-Derma Exomega Emollient Foaming Gel - 500ml - $26 - a cleansing gel for the face and body with Rhealba Oat Plantlets that gently cleanses, soothes and protects atopic and very dry skin. Can be used on babies, children and adults.
Available at drugstores across Canada.
After bathing, pat the skin dry, don't rub with a towel and apply a highly nourishing and moisturizing product - ingredients to look for include shea butter and glycerin - and get it on right away while skin is still damp to lock in moisture. A great choice that meets this criteria is:
RoC Enydrial Moisturising Body Lotion - 200ml - $24 - formulated to compensate for deficiencies in dry skin by bringing much needed moisturisers and lipids to the skin with an emollient complex of glycerine and shea butter which helps to restore hydration levels; creates a protective barrier with mineral oil extracts to prevent excessive evaporation of moisture; and soothes and protects skin from discomfort with bisabolol, allantoin and panthenol.
Available at drugstores and online at well.ca.
Aveeno also makes a whole range of products great for dry and eczema prone skin. I get eczema which flares up mostly on my hands, a common place for people to suffer from it due to frequent hand washing and exposure to chemicals - which makes moisturizing the hands regularly especially important as it will help to replenish the skin's natural moisture barrier which can help keep eczema under control. Which is why I love:
Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream - 71ml - a fragrance-free, non-greasy cream that helps to soothe red and irritated dry skin with Active Naturals Colloidal Oatmeal and also contains humectants - to attract and retain moisture; and ceramides to strengthen the skin's moisture barrier to aid in the prevention and recurrence - for skin that feels moisturized, even after washing hands.
Available now at food, drug and mass retailers across Canada.
- Lisamarie -