Whether you suffer from eczema or know someone who does, you’re probably aware that it’s not a nice situation.
The condition that causes the skin to become sore, itchy and inflamed can flare at any time, so a strict skincare routine is vital for keeping symptoms under control – especially in the winter when the skin becomes naturally drier.
When choosing the right products for your regimen, it’s important to avoid those with harsh chemicals that could irritate or dry out the skin and look out for ones containing moisturising ingredients that strengthen and repair the affected areas.
To make things easier, we’ve picked out some soothing formulas that will protect and hydrate eczema-prone skin as the chilly weather approaches.
1. Avène XeraCalm A.D. Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil
Suitable for adults and babies alike, a lightweight cleansing oil designed to remove impurities while protecting the skin from the drying effects of water. Glycerin hydrates while Avène’ Thermal Spring Water relieves the discomfort of sore and inflamed skin. The colour-less formula can be used in either the shower or bath.
£15.50, Escentual, Buy it now
2. Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream
A brand trusted by many, Aveeno’s dermatologist-recommended moisturiser uses natural colloidal oatmeal to soothe and prevent the recurrence of dry and itchy skin. It also contains ceramides and essential lipids – which are naturally found in the skin and are help to restore its protective barrier. It can be used on both the face and body and is free from fragrance and steroids.
£11.10, Amazon, Buy it now
3. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This mild daily cleanser for is part of Cetaphil’s gentle therapeutic skincare range for sensitive skin. It offers thorough cleansing without stripping the skin of its natural moisture and is dispensed through a pump for easy application. A great multi-tasker, the product can be used to remove makeup or as a moisturiser for the face and body.
£8.99, Boots, Buy it now
4. Eucerin Body Crème
Established more than 100 years ago, Eucerin is known for creating some of the finest skincare for sensitive and damaged facial skin in Europe. This rich body cream, blended with oatmeal, ceramide-3 and licochalcone, is clinically proven to provide instant and long-lasting relief for skin irritation. Apply once or twice daily.
£12.86, Amazon, Buy it now
5. E45 Emollient Wash Cream
The experts at E45 have helped the brand become one of the biggest names in dry and eczema skincare. This creamy, non-drying emollient wash is designed to work with your own skin’s pH level and lock in its essential oils to prevent further dryness. It leaves skin feeling instantly smoother and is gentle enough for everyday use.
£5.39, Superdrug, Buy it now
6. Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Shower Gel
Some shower gels contain harsh chemicals that can trigger eczema flare-ups. Malin+Goetz has blended pure eucalyptus – which is known for its anti-bacterial properties – and amino-acid based cleansing agents to create this purifying daily wash. With an uplifting natural fragrance, it gently hydrates the skin and helps reduce epidermal stress.
£18, Liberty London, Buy it now
7. Dermalex Hand Irritation Treatment
A restoring treatment for mild to moderate eczema of the hands. It can be used up to three times a day to replenish the skin’s all-important missing lipids and forms a protective barrier against future flare-ups. The formula is free from steroids, parabens and fragrance and is suitable for adults and kids over the age of 6. Ideal for the winter season.
£11.99, Boots, Buy it now