I’ve had eczema for years, and even though it’s pretty much under control now thanks to a professional and my skincare routine, I remember how annoying those flakes on your skin (and sometimes slight burning) can be. I came to a cold country a few years ago from a really warm place. That fall I figured “okay I’ll just use Clean and Clear products on my face; they’re affordable, easy to find, and they smell nice!”
The salycylic acid found in face washes such as Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, Noxema etc, will only make dry skin drier. So just take 2 minutes to glance at the ingredients on the back of the container (which are probably listed in order of most abundant in the product to least abundant in the product) to check for salycylic acid and then avoid it – if you have dry skin that is.
Salycylic acid is especially useful when you have one of those really unattractive zits that result from eating too much Taco Bell (Oh? Just me? Okay). Seriously though, spot treatments contain this ingredient as well so if you use it on a targeted zit it will be helpful as opposed to harmful. This is if for some reason you don’t want to just use a little toothpaste on your zit – which really does work by the way.
- Upon being told which products to use, the first one I began using after I had been told what my skin needs was Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser. The only issue was that I like when my cleansers really get sudsy when I go to lather them up, but nevertheless this was really effective. Aveeno’s bar soap for the face works just as well.
- If you don’t want to try Aveeno since it’s about $20 per item, other good brands are Cetaphil and Pears, these bar soaps for the face are non-drying, and you get that nice sudsy feel when you go to lather them up. They’re more affordable since Cetaphil is anywhere between $7-10, and Pears is about $3 or so. Bonus: Cetaphil is amazing at removing makeup, i.e. your foundation, your eyeshadow, your eyeliner and even your waterproof mascara; washes it all away in one shot. True story.
How long will this last?
When I tried the Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser for the first time, it lasted me about a month; this was with washing my face both in the morning and at night time. The same goes for the Cetaphil and Pears bar soaps.
Tone It Up
- “I have dry skin so I shouldn’t use astringent”.
Astringent*: The main purpose of astringent when used externally is to limit mucous excretions – I’m no dermatologist, but this is what I have been told. This is why it is mainly recommended for those with oily skin; to keep the oil at bay.
Toner*: This one you can use if you have dry skin. I recommend Simple Smoothing Facial Toner because all their products have nice gentle ingredients, when I put this on a cotton pad and run it over my face it literally feels like water. Despite the ‘water feeling’, I find that it does its job in making my skin not look so dull and getting rid of any leftover makeup that wasn’t completely washed off.
Moisture Makes It Better
- Remember when I had mentioned buying Clean and Clear products when I came to The Cold Place? Yeah, I purchased the moisturizer as well and I would slather it on – but my skin just would not absorb the product. It would sit on the surface, I’d go out into the winter and come back with dry flaky patches; clearly something was not working with someone. (Hint: The moisturizer is the ‘something’ and I am the ‘someone’).
- After going to a dermatologist the Aveeno moisturizer was recommended along with the Aveeno cleanser – both worked like a charm for me. So I’d wash my face with Aveeno cleanser, pat (not rub) it dry, and then pat my moisturizer into the skin.
- Last year I begun using Elta MD moisturizer, which is good if you live in a warm place or simply need some sun protection from your moisturizer. This too is a bit on the pricier side, but it works well and you only need a little bit for your entire face.
- Tip: Apply this moisturizers right after you’ve washed your face first thing in the morning so that your skin has enough time to absorb it. The SPF in Elta MD may cause your face to have that slightly white look as if it hasn’t been rubbed in properly, the same goes for Cetaphil moisturiser.
Butter Me Up
Earlier this year I discovered Eczema Care by Aveeno Active Naturals and I found that this worked well for my skin in the winter. If you feel this might not be enough for you because of how harsh winter is, try mixing in a few drop of Bio Oil, or any other natural oils such as: maracuja, jojoba, coconut, or argan oil. If you want something that’s not only going to moisturize, but also give you that nice daily scent, try body butters from The Body Shop – I’ve found that these also work quite nicely.
If you’re in Jamaica: Places such as Monarch Pharmacy always seem to have Aveeno products in stock the last few times I checked.
If you’re in the US: You can check out WalMart, Target or any of your other drugstores such as CVS and Walgreens. They will have most, if not all of these products – except for maybe Elta MD.
If you’re in Canada: Try Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and Wal Mart for some of the products mentioned – again, except for EltaMD.
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