(A Skincare Regimen for Eczema-Affected Skin)
STEP 1 : SELECT PRODUCTS WITH GENTLE & NATURAL INGREDIENTS
Avoid petroleum derivatives such as mineral oil (a.k.a. liquid paraffin, paraffinum liquidum), petrolatum, propylene glycol and PEGs if possible. Avoid shampoos and soaps containing harsh synthetic detergents such as sulphates or cocamidopropyl betaine. Look for moisturisers containing natural oils (rather than oil derivatives such as triglycerides) as they’ll contain more of the natural vitamins and fatty acids which are beneficial for the skin. Avoid skincare containing added fragrances, multiple essential oils and strong preservatives (if in doubt, use your nose and check the expiry date!).
STEP 2 : BATHE WITH A GENTLE NATURAL SOAP IN COOL WATER
Always bathe in cool or slightly warm water, and limit baths and showers to 10-15 minutes. Be conservative in the amount of soap used (therefore choose a good one!) and remember, lots of foam is a sign of a harsh soap or wash. When the skin needs an even gentler wash, mix your natural soap with an equal amount of a natural oil for a soothing bath soak. But again, don’t sit in for too long.
STEP 3 : THE AFTER BATH ROUTINE
Pat skin gently with a soft towel, never rub! And apply a good natural moisturiser or lotion onto damp skin immediately. Follow-up with a balm or cream on the eczema-affected areas. And remember to choose clothing which uses gentle and all-natural fibres - such as cotton - which are gentle on the skin and allow it to breathe.
STEP 4 : MOISTURISE REGULARLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Every dermatologist agrees that regular, repeated moisturising is key for skin affected by eczema so remember to apply your chosen moisturiser or balm to affected areas regularly throughout the day. For added comfort, keep your lotion or balm in the fridge. Where using Four Cow Farm balms, apply first Calendula Remedy followed by Tea Tree Remedy together to soothe and protect when skin is particularly dry.
STEP 5 : HELP THE SKIN LEARN TO FUNCTION ON ITS OWN
The skin is a living organ, our largest in fact! So, every now and then, let the skin learn to function on its own by giving it a half-day break from all products.
All Four Cow Farm products are handcrafted on our very own family farm using only the highest quality natural food-grade ingredients, even our emulsifiers and preservatives! All products are meticulously researched, tested and formulated to be safe and beneficial for long-term use. For eczema, we recommend Four Cow Farm’s Baby Wash (the only 100% traditional extra virgin olive oil wash), Four Cow Farm Baby Lotion (the finest blend of oils for daily use on maintaining sensitive skin), Four Cow Farm Calendula Remedy (the only calendula balm made from over 80% organic calendula-infused olive oil), Four Cow Farm Gotu Kola & Calendula Rich Cream Salve (a rich cream for particularly sensitive and dry skin).
You may check out our Dry Skin Trio Set which includes Baby Wash, Baby Lotion and Calendula Remedy.