Dry skin is the number one factor that can trigger your eczema. Doctors say this often enough: moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. Keeping your skin hydrated is the key to alleviating the discomforts of eczema.
Treating eczema starts with a proper skin care regimen, which is keeping your skin clean by taking a lukewarm bath and then applying moisturizer right after. This will allow moisture to be locked in the skin.
A good moisturizer need not be expensive. In fact, you can make your very own moisturizer and other eczema remedies with the use of natural ingredients that can be easily found in your kitchen or the supermarket. Here are two DIY remedies that are guaranteed to keep the skin soft and hydrated:
Essential Oils Deep Soak
You will need the following:
- Two drops lavender oil
- Two drops chamomile oil
- Two drops geranium oil
- A tub filled with lukewarm water
- Add all the essential oils to your lukewarm water, stirring the water with your hands to ensure that the oil is somehow evenly distributed.
- Get into the tub and soak yourself for about 10 minutes or when the water has cooled. Your skin will absorb the nourishing oils and stay hydrated for a longer period.
- Do this at least 3 times a week for a more moisturized skin.
- You may alternate lavender, chamomile and geranium oil with other essential oils to your liking.
Coconut and Shea Butter Eczema Cream
You will need the following:
- ½ cup raw shea butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
- 8 drops tea tree oil
- 30 drops lavender oil
- ¼ cup almond oil or olive oil (optional)
- 5 drops sweet almond oil or geranium oil (optional)
- Under low heat, melt the shea butter on a double boiler, gradually adding the coconut oil while constantly stirring.
- Once the shea butter and coconut oil are mixed thoroughly, add the honey while consistently stirring.
- Slowly add the tea tree and lavender essential oils to the mixture. Make sure that all ingredients are well blended. Turn off the fire.
- Transfer the mixture to a container and set it aside to cool for a few minutes. You will notice that it will thicken, but soft to the touch. To speed up the cooling process, you may put the cream inside the refrigerator for about 8-10 minutes. Do not keep it for more than that as this may cause the cream to harden.
- Once the cream has cooled altogether, you can start mixing the cream using a hand-held or stand mixer. Mix it continuously until it develops the same light consistency as that of a lotion.
- Transfer the cream to a jar or container that has a tight lid. Keep it away from heat or direct sunlight to preserve its effectiveness. You may store it inside the refrigerator for longer shelf life.
Remember to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. You need to apply moisturizer at least 3 times a day to keep it from getting dry and cause an eczema flare up.
These two DIY home eczema remedies are very easy to do, highly convenient and economical. Try it today.