Making my own organic skincare: eczema relief cream

 

Recently, I’ve begun researching to find a suitable eczema relief cream. I’ve had eczema for as long as I can remember, but the itchy, red inflamed skin condition reached is peak a few years ago after I gave birth to my third child. It’s only become apparent years later the damage I have done to my skin with atopic steroids. My skin has become thin and and gets broken easily,  it’s also affected my bones. In my quest to become a more mindful and happier individual, my journey has brought me here: organic skincare and specifically an eczema relief cream. I need to be mindful in all aspects of my life and that includes what I put in and on my body.

 

 Eczema relief cream attempt number 1: body butter

The journey thus far has not been easy. Emollients are prescribed as an eczema relief cream in terms of moisturiser, but they mainly just leave a greasy layer on skin and don’t actually penetrate it. This has left my skin feeling the opposite of moisturised. My earlier attempts at making a suitable eczema relief cream focused on body butters.  My initial one was made of unrefined shea butter, with coconut and olive oil and lavender and tea tree essential oils.

Eczema relief cream: shea body butter
Lavender scented shea and honey body butter with aloe vera

Although this felt very rich, I soon realised it wasn’t hydrating enough for my skin. A short time after application, my skin still felt dry. I then began adding more ingredients to it such as jojoba and argan oil and aloe vera. My body butter ended up becoming a body soufleè which felt gorgeous, but still wasn’t hydrating.

 

Eczema relief cream attempt number 2 – body balm

Going back to the drawing board I saw glycerine and beeswax kept popping up in the ingredients of other home-made eczema relief cream. Glycerine is a humectant and helps bring water to the surface of your skin.  Beeswax has that waxy layer that is similar to liquid paraffin; unlike liquid paraffin however, it’s still moisturizing. I decided that my next attempt would be a balm, as  this might leave my skin feeling greasier and therefore more hydrated.

Eczema relief cream: Shea butter and beeswax balm
Rose scented shea butter and beeswax body balm

I’m much happier with this balm and I’ve added rose as my scent of choice this time. My skin feels almost exactly the same as my emollient.  It’s ultra hydrating and very nourishing. The bonus is it’s all organic and natural and a great eczema relief cream.  I also reap the benefits of a commercial cream due to the vitamin rich oils. It smells great too!

 

In the future I endeavor to make an eczema relief cream that can replace my steroid cream altogether. I know it’s been done by other people and I’ve used some fabulous organic products in the past so I’m hopeful. The key is to using it frequently to maintain consistency. It’s better for my skin’s health which in turn makes me feel great and adds to a happier me!

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