1. Aveeno Dry & Sensitive Range
The whole Aveeno range is amazing and is my go-to brand when it comes to skincare. It's a good, mid range price but a little goes a long way so it does last and there are regularly 342 offers on in Boots if you want to stock up! Its main ingredient is oatmeal and you'll have seen Jen Aniston fronting their campaigns. I use the moisturising lotion daily, including on my face, I have a tube of the hand cream in my bag and I use the bath oil when my skin is particularly dry and needs a bit of TLC. These products are basically what keeps my skin on an even keel. They also do a Baby range, but the Dry/Sensitive range is suitable from three months. Available in Boots and most large supermarkets.
2. Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish
This is a bit of a treat because it's quite expensive, however when I was having real problems with my face, it was a life saver. If you can't afford the whole cleanse, tone and moisturise set, then treat yourself to the Skin Repair Moisturiser, I'm convinced it will make a difference, but the whole set is brilliant. I put it on my Christmas list every year. It leaves my skin feeling so soft, clears up any dryness within a couple of days and keeps my skin looking clear. It's also really enjoyable to use - I'm not a beauty blogger, I don't necessarily 'enjoy' skincare, but this is an exception. It's a total pleasure! It's stocked in the larger Boots stores and John Lewis and is available online.
I was once advised by a dermatologist to use on my baby the same products that I would use for myself. Now, we go through a lot of baby wipes in this house but it's taken me a while to find some baby wipes that I'm entirely happy with. Thankfully my kids show no signs of eczema so no problems there, but I still am wary of the amount of chemicals we put on our skin as a family so would always prefer natural products. You can't get more natural than water! Waterwipes contain 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract. I was sent some to review and I am so pleased with them. They are super moist, and we've been using them for everything - nappies, hands, faces. They do such a good job because they contain so much water, but I don't get the impression they dry out skin and it's nice to know that they don't contain loads of chemicals. My one concern is the price as at £2.49 they're significantly more than what we currently pay, but if your baby had particularly sensitive skin then I would say they would be more than worth the cost. Available from Boots, Amazon, Ocado and most major supermarkets. For more information, visit www.waterwipes.com.
4. Coconut Nourishing Body Butter, The Body Shop
This was recommended to me on an internet forum by a bunch of people who suffer with skin conditions. Sometimes it's just nice to feel like you can walk into a shop and purchase some nice, luxury skin treats rather than worry about the effects on my eczema. I actually use this on my hands on a daily basis. It's light, not sticky and sinks into my skin easily. We're lucky to have an outlet store near our house so I stock up regularly when the offers are on. It's safe to say I'm a big fan!
5. Emollin Spray
This spray was prescribed to me by my dermatologist nurse because the dry skin and eczema on my back was driving me to distraction and preventing me from sleeping. I had also complained that I didn't have time to sit around waiting for gloopy creams to sink into my skin before getting dressed every morning. It's an emollient spray that not only moisturises but also provides a protective barrier for the skin. It can be sprayed from any angle so is great for hard to reach areas like your back and sinks into the skin pretty much immediately so is great if you're time strapped. In all my time seeing doctors I had never been told about this one but it has certainly saved my sanity during bad flare ups so definitely ask about it if you haven't come across it.
So there you have it, five products that I personally can recommend for eczema. Obviously I'm no doctor so, goes without saying, do consult your doctor or dermatologist before changing your treatment! For more information on eczema and National Eczema Week, visit www.eczema.org.