This year's National Eczema Week focuses on the mental aspects of having eczema. Whether it's the ups and downs of new treatments, or the low self-esteem that can manifest due to the appearance your skin.
As the weather is growing colder and the days are getting shorter it is also the time when eczema symptoms are often triggered, or worsen due to the change in the temperature outside. While most of us with eczema have found a way to manage the symptoms once they appear, there are some lifestyle changes that can help reduce the severity of the symptoms:
1. Avoid stress
As you know, stress can really affect the appearance and health of our skin. Stress can often also worsen the symptoms of eczema. Chronic stress can also lead to faster ageing of the skin, as multiple studies have shown.
It is really worth taking active steps towards reducing your stress levels, both for your skin health and general wellbeing. The first step would be signing up to that yoga class you always look at, buying a calming colouring book or downloading one of these meditation apps to help you relax. Believe us, you won't have to wait long to see the benefits.
2. Adjust your diet
If you have eczema, watching what you eat is very important. Studies show that it is worth avoiding (or at least cutting down) on wheat, dairy, sugar and soya, as those can trigger symptoms. Instead, try to top up your omega-3 levels, as an intake of fatty acids can help improve symptoms. Foods high in Omega-3 include: spinach, steamed fish, avocado, chia seeds and walnuts.
According to Karen Fischer, a nutritionist and author of the book The Eczema Diet, there are a few foods that are eczema-safe, help repair skin and reduce inflammation:
- Beef or chicken broth - provides skin-repairing amino acid glycine
- Buckwheat - gluten-free, rich in fibre, contains quercetin to lower histamine and has strong anti-inflammatory properties
- Potatoes - rich in fibre, potassium, vitamin C and are alkalising
- Rice milk - low allergy and low in chemicals
- Green onions - rich in vitamin K (important for healthy skin), contain quercetin (histamine-lowering, anti-inflammatory)
- Bananas - high in potassium, contain histamine-lowering nutrients, magnesium and vitamin C
3. Use the right products
There are certain ingredients that can help with eczema-prone skin:
- Look for products that contain shea butter or glycerin, these moisturising ingredients repair the skin making it look healthier.
- Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in our bodies, so look for products that contain it. It helps reduce flakiness of the skin by giving it a boost of moisture.
- Vitamin B3 is great for reducing red patches by strengthening skin's barrier.
There are also some ingredients you should avoid if you have eczema, those include: glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinol - those can severely dry out your skin, worsening symptoms. Also, avoid fragranced products at all costs, as they can lead to flare-ups. Choose products for sensitive skin.
How Sönd is participating in Eczema Week 2016
The Sönd product range is formulated specifically for sensitive skin, and eczema is something a lot of our users live with. We believe that even eczema prone skin needs some TLC sometimes, so we have a special 15% discount running for #EczemaWeek (until midnight 25th September). Details below.
Our products have a minimum amount of ingredients to bring results, and minimise any chance of irritation. They are also parabens- , and fragrance-free.
Although are products are not designed to heal eczema, but they can relieve it's symptoms, as our Hydrating Face Spray contains glycerin, and our Revitalising Face Serum contains both glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Our Replenishing Face Oil will give your skin an extra boost of moisture using coconut oil, whilst our Energising Mineral Supplements will improve the health of your skin from within.
Enter the code EczWeek16 at checkout for 15% off any of our products.