This winter I did the unthinkable. I didn’t moisturize. I know, I know, so bad. I didn’t moisturize my face, I didn’t moisturize my body, and the only excuse I have is that I couldn’t decide which cream to buy. Wrong answer.
I got back from Mexico early January and quickly developed a patch of eczema on my upper lip/cheek area. It was there for atleast 6 weeks, and was not willing to give in. Luckily my trusty Estée Lauder foundation covered it, but this sucker would not go away.
I’ve had eczema before and usually it just clears up with time. For those of you who are unsure, eczema is a medical condition in which a patch of skin becomes dry, rough and inflamed, and can cause itching or even bleeding. It can be brought on by cold weather, stress, anxiety, among other things.
I woke up one Sunday morning, it was flakey and bright red and I’d had enough. I talked to the pharmacist and beauty specialist at Shoppers Drug Mart and I went with La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5, which is a soothing repairing balm. She told me to slather this thick cream on every night as a spot treatment.
This is a one week timeline of my eczema patch. The La Roche-Posay quickly helped the patch fade, and I was really impressed with it. The balm is great for sensitive skin, soothes and relieves dry, irritated skin, and provides skin protection and skin recovery. I picked this balm up at Shoppers Drug Mart for $15.99/Cdn, and I would highly recommend if you have dry patches on your skin. I am so glad I found this, and will pick up another tube next year if I experience this again.
Overall it took about 10 days to clear up the eczema. I decided to use my Clarisonic on my face, which is part of my typical Sunday routine, and it took off the last bits of dead skin and the patch is looking good as new.
When I was at Shoppers buying the La Roche-Posay balm, I also decided to pick up a daily moisturizer, since I knew I learned my lesson. I grabbed the Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer, which was my go-to for years and I’m not sure why I ever stopped using it. It works well under makeup and it includes an SPF. I have been using this daily and quickly noticed my face coming back to life.
Another problem I was experiencing was bumpy “crocodile skin” on my arms. I used my trusty Clarisonic and slathered on St. Ives Intense Healing Cranberry Seed and Grape Seed Oil Body Lotion every night and I noticed a difference immediately.
I’m almost 26 years old and I’m still learning. I definitely learned my lesson this winter and will do a better job at keeping my skin hydrated going forward. I do however think eczema comes and goes, but next time I’ll know exactly how to fight it off!
What’s your go-to skin nourishing product?