Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe

Two of my kids have eczema. I have it myself on and off.  It’s itchy and uncomfortable.  We have tried a lot of products to help get some relief, but none seem to have a magical solution.  I decided to try to make my homemade eczema cream recently, and have been quite pleased with the results.  It works quite well, and especially for my son, he likes that there’s not a girlie scent to the cream I made.

Homemade Eczema Cream

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First, you’ll want to gather your ingredients.

Coconut oil (Organic is preferred)

Tea Tree essential oil

Lavender essential oil

Mixer

Container for your cream.  We had some Altoid tins that were almost empty so I just used one of those.  You can also purchase containers, but chances are that you have one in the house already that will do the job!)

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Directions:

Put 1/4 cup coconut oil into mixer  with whisk

Add 3-4 drops Lavender essential oil

Add 5-6 drops Tea Tree essential oil

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Beat ingredients together until well blended (about 75-90 seconds) on low-medium speed

Spoon cream into container

Use as needed!

 

I help my four year old to apply this eczema remedy most of the time, but my 6 year old can usually apply it himself. I help with areas he can’t reach. I like knowing exactly what we’re putting onto their skin!

Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe
 
Homemade eczema remedy
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Recipe type: Remedies
Ingredients
  • Coconut oil (Organic is preferred)
  • Tea Tree essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Mixer
  • Container for your cream. We had some Altoid tins that were almost empty so I just used one of those. You can also purchase containers, but chances are that you have one in the house already that will do the job!)
Instructions
  1. Put ¼ cup coconut oil into mixer with whisk
  2. Add 3-4 drops Lavender essential oil
  3. Add 5-6 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  4. Beat ingredients together until well blended (about 75-90 seconds) on low-medium speed
  5. Spoon cream into container
  6. Use as needed

 

 

Skin Care in Winter #Eucerin #SkinFirst

Winter is HERE, at least according to Mother Nature.  Dry skin and eczema flare ups are right behind winter’s arrival in my house. Here are some tips for skin care in winter to help you combat dry, itchy skin.  This is a sponsored post, opinions are my own.

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Moisturize! The best time to moisturize is right after your bath or shower. Use a product like Eucerin – one designed for your skin (and unscented to reduce the risk of irritation). Don’t skimp, either – even if your skin looks like it’s not giving you any problems for the day, you should still moisturize regularly so it doesn’t get the chance to act up. This tip works well for eczema as well as psoriasis and xerosis. Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Crème is clinically proven to significantly improve hydration, reduce skin redness, and relieve itchiness. It’s appropriate for both adults and baby skin.

Drink Water.  There are so many benefits to drinking water.  It helps.  Keep it up even when it’s not summertime!

Use a humidifier. Humidifiers restore moisture in the air. I’ve found that keeping moisture levels at about 40% works best for us, but you need to play around with the numbers a bit to see what is perfect for you.

Wear soft, breathable fabrics. Fabrics like cotton are better for your skin that wool or polyester. Stick to clothes that are loose-fitting instead of form-fitting to minimize irritation.

Stay stress-free. Ha! This one is easier said than done, of course, but staying stress-free can help reduce your chances of having an eczema flare up. The same goes for psoriasis, really. Stress doesn’t always affect eczema patients the same way, but studies have shown that reducing stress can reduce break outs.

Use sunblock. Some people don’t think about using sunblock in the winter, but it’s important to lather up if you’re going to be outside – especially for prolonged periods of time. During winter, the sun doesn’t suddenly become less damaging to our skin. Using a sunblock with an SPF of 30 or more is recommended. Don’t forget the SPF lip balm, too!

Chill out. You don’t need to take a cold shower (or bath) by any means, but taking a warm shower instead of a hot one can help your eczema. Keep the shower short, and pat yourself dry instead of rubbing, to keep skin irritation to a minimum. If you experience any irritation, consider switching your soap to something like Eucerin. We’ve all been using

What’s your best skin care tip for the winter? Let me know in the comments!

Aquaphor’s Tender Loving Care For Your Skin- Not just for babies (Prize Pack Giveaway) #WorksWonders

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Aquaphor was one of the first brand names I remember other moms recommending on a message board when we were trying to conceive our first child.  It’s so great, they said.  So versatile.  Great quality.  So obviously, as time progressed and I got pregnant, and started preparing for baby, I purchased some of Aquaphor’s Baby Healing Ointment.  At first, I bought the tube.  Then I got some of the gentle baby wash and shampoo.  It wasn’t very long into my pregnancy that I discovered one of the many, many “surprises” that come along with the pregnancy hormones- skin changes.

Almost overnight my hands went from normal hands to dried up hands that felt like they were going to crack.  I was hooked.  I used the Aquaphor ointment on my hands, my feet, dry ankles, lips…everywhere.  By the time the baby came, I was on my second tube.  I got that tube, and a big tub.  Then I actually had a baby (and then two babies, and then the third baby) and we found we used Aquaphor Baby products very regularly.  When my mom started declining and started to need oxygen, I brought her a tub of Aquaphor.  She used it to soothe the irritated skin under her nose.

There are many uses for Aquaphor besides for baby care -caregivers for older children, adults and seniors who have incontinence issues can also use Aquaphor as a treatment for protection and for relief.

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I think my personal favorite application for Aquaphor’s Baby healing ointment (now that my littlest is 3) is to keep the kids lips, cheeks, nose and chin from getting chapped when playing outdoors.  We woke up to well over 3 feet of snow this morning, with drifts 6-8 feet high in places in our yard- there was nothing that would keep my kids inside.  They were ready to head outside before 7am .  Of course, they had absolutely nowhere to go since they couldn’t actually walk…but they all had Aquaphor on their little faces to protect their skin from the cold harsh wind (blizzard conditions lingering) and cold, wet snow.  I have been known to put some on my husband’s cheeks too before he heads out to snowblow the driveway.  I think I’ve done it so many times he does it on his own now!

 

 

 

Aquaphor DEFINITELY helps us to enjoy our favorite winter activity- playing outside in the snow !!!

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He was yelling into the the tunnel he dug to see if anyone in China could hear him. He’s 5. It was funny.

After a long day of playing outside, coming in to dry off and warm up, going back out…we were all pretty beat.  The kids were all in agreement that Aquaphor ROCKS! because they sent us Ice Age Continental Drift with some other goodies and we all snuggled in with blankets, hot cocoa, and enjoyed a relaxing family movie night.  I think we made a lot of memories this weekend- with the blizzard, not seeing out the bathroom window upstairs because there was a huge drift on the roof below it, playing hide and seek in the snowbanks…movie to end the day…that’s what this life is all about.

One reader will win a Bundle of Joy Package from Aquaphor including:

$50 Visa gift card, Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment, Aquaphor Baby Wash & Shampoo, Pottery Barn picture frame, Godiva hot chocolate, a “Warmy Buddy” Penguin, and Ice Age Continental Drift (2012) DVD!
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Save Your Skin with Neosporin Eczema Essentials (Prize Pack Giveaway)

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I have eczema. My son has eczema too. It’s pretty much dormant in warmer weather, but it’s been back in full force for at least the past 6 weeks. I’m always on the lookout for something that will help not only provide some relief for itching, but also to help prevent more itching. Neosporin’s Eczema Essentials is a product line that works for those who have eczema but also for those who just have dry, itchy skin.

We have both been using the Eczema Essentials for a few weeks now, and while neither of us is living free of eczema, I know I’ve noticed my son is less cranky, and wanting to change his clothes less often (does this happen to other kids who have eczema? It’s like he wants to change his skin or something but he can’t verbalize that)…and I don’t notice his eczema patches looking quite so ‘angry’ lately. He’s happy there isn’t girlie smell in the products. He’s 5 you know, so he wants to smell like a superhero, not a girl. His words, not mine.

In any case, winter may not be started by the calendar but the air’s feeling wintry and the heat’s been on, which means the skin irritation from drier air has begun. Besides using products like the Eczema Essentials, Dr. Peter Lio has these seasonal skincare tips for us:

Fall:

Many people suffer from seasonal allergies in the fall, and these can trigger skin irritation along with the change to drier, cooler weather.

  • If seasonal allergies are active, talk to your doctor about keeping them in check with medications such as antihistamines
  • Focus on a regular skincare routine with regular bathing and moisturizing, as well as using topical medications when needed
  • Moisturize within minutes after every shower or bath to help lock in the water

Winter:

Cold and dry weather outside and forced hot air inside can put the skin at high risk for irritation. The lack of sunlight may result in lower levels of vitamin D which may be related to skin irritation as well.

  • Keep skin warm and protected when outside
  • Try a thick, protective moisturizer on any exposed skin to prevent windburn
  • Consider talking to your doctor about supplementing vitamin D during the winter months as many people are deficient
  • Consider getting a humidifier for bedrooms to help add moisture to the dry air
  • Moisturize within minutes after every shower or bath to help lock in the water

One thing I learned long ago is NOT to take super hot showers or baths when my skin is dry and/or irritated. It only makes things worse. I’m a little surprised that’s not included in the tips, but maybe that’s because it’s a year-round recommendation.

I found some money saving coupons on the Neosporin site- nice, higher value ones. I hope they help you save some- I know I’m printing some off right now!

The Neosporin Eczema Essential Line is available widely in most drug stores and online.

One US reader will win a prize pack of the Eczema Essentials including one full sized sample of each product, money saving coupons, and a set of trial sized samples, all in a cute plastic tub.

To enter, tell me one of YOUR tips for dealing with eczema or dry, irritated skin!
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Got Eczema? Check out Neosporin Eczema Essentials #Giveaway

Neosporin EczemaNeosporin is a trusted brand for First Aid care and has expanded their product line to include Neosporin Eczema Essentials.  I was really glad to hear this because I have eczema and my son has it as well- Neosporin is a name my family has always trusted and I feel confident that we’ll have a good result with this new product line.   I like that the products are fragrance free and gentle enough for daily use.

Introducing the new Neosporin Eczema Essentials

When children have eczema, its negative effects are not felt by the child but by the entire family. Parents want to be the hero and bring relief to this popular skin problem so Neosporin has come out with a line of products to bring relief to the skin and the entire family overall. Get visibly healthier skin in 3 days!

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Exederm Review

If you’ve ever had a child that suffers from eczema, dermatitis or sensitive skin then you know the importance of good bath and body products.  I have found that this is no easy feat.  We have been through countless bottles of “sensitive” and “gentle”  baby cleansers, but most of them are still too drying and can aggravate rough dry patches of skin.

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