This week is National Eczema Week. Not as glamorous as some national weeks, I'll grant you, but with 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults suffering from eczema it's a fact of life for a lot of people. I had eczema as a child, it blighted my puberty years (among about a zillion other things) and I really struggled to find products that I could use to alleviate the itching and soreness. As it was *ahem* quite a few hundred years decades ago, I had to rely on steroid creams (which my skin really didn't like) or basic emollients, but now I'm finding there's quite a wide range of products to help. If my eczema flairs up again (as it tends to do in times of stress...) or if DD starts to show any symptoms I'll be checking these out -
Barefoot has launched a new SOS Natural Remedies range with natural ingredients to help soothe extremely dry and sensitive skin. The range is free from steroids, petrochemicals including paraffin, parabens & SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate; a harsh detergent used in beauty products, shampoos and toothpastes), artificial colours and fragrances and animal ingredients. The range includes a Face and Body Rescue Cream, Barrier Hand Cream, Soothing Face and Body Wash, Daily Rich Body Lotion and a Dry Scalp Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner.
Dexeryl is SLS, lanolin and fragrance-free, hydrating, prevents dryness and restores the skin’s barrier leaving skin smoother and soothed from itchiness. It's available at pharmacies nationwide priced at £2.00 for 50g and £6.12 for 250g or ask your GP to prescribe the 250g.
A-Derma Exomega Cleansing Oil cleanses the skin without drying. Specifically formulated for very dry and eczema prone skins, it's soap free, moisturises, soothes and reduces dryness. The cleansing oil is suitable for both the face and body and is available from Boots priced at £10.00 for 200ml.
Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray (£3.15 for 50ml or £6.50 for 150ml available from Boots) is packed with the natural minerals and trace elements it has captured on its journey through the French Black Mountains, creating a water that is clinically proven to be pure, soothing, anti-irritating and anti-free radical. You just gently spritz onto irritated skin and feel the light mist coat it with natural silica to calm and soothe.
If you or your child suffers from eczema, there's loads of useful information on it's symptoms and management at the National Eczema Society's website and at Wikipedia.
I've got an eczema survival kit, containing one of each of the above products, to give away. To enter, just leave a comment below with your email or Twitter address. For an extra entry, tweet this giveaway using the hashtag #eczemasurvivalkit. Simples, eh?
This giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 or over, one entry per household, and will be open until 2pm (ish) on Friday 16 September 2011. There is no cash alternative. The winner will be chosen at random via Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen, again at random. You don't have to subscribe to Bod for tea or like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter as part of your entry. (But I wouldn't complain if you did!)
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post because I was offered the eczema survival kit to giveaway and I have not tried any of the products personally. I did not receive any additional compensation for writing this post. You can read my disclaimer policy here.