Summer Skincare Tips for Dry Skin, Eczema and Psoriasis
If you have dry, sensitive skin, eczema or psoriasis, Summer heat can cause skin to be become inflamed, itchy and sore. Here are some of my top tips to help your skin stay comfortable and calm in the summer heat.
Which Sunscreen is Best for Sensitive, Eczema Skin?
Summer was always a big problem for us, as my 2 daughters had severe eczema and allergies from birth, with incredibly sensitive skin. It’s vital to use suncreen, especially on babies and children, however, we found that traditional sunscreens would cause terrible flare ups, red-raw skin, which actually looked burnt! Through lots of research, and trial and error buying lots of brands, we found what worked for us. To avoid itchy prickly heat and flare ups, I’d definitely recommend choosing a mineral sunscreen, as it reflects the heat, unlike chemical sunscreens, which absorb heat.
Chemical sunscreens are known to be a trigger for prickly heat, especially for those of use who have sensitive skin, and suffer with eczema and allergies, and can cause heat rash and in our case, red, inflamed and irritated skin. This is especially true for baby eczema and if your child has eczema. Look for Zinc Oxide as an ingredient in mineral sunscreens. Brands we’ve used and love include Babo Botanical Green People, and Badger sunscreen.
Can I Still Go Swimming with Eczema?
It’s tricky in the summer, when the sun is shining and you / your children want to go swimming. It’s especially important for babies and children with eczema to be extra careful, as swimming in pools with chlorine can be drying on the skin. For some people, it can actually help eczema, but for lots with eczema and dry, sensitive skin, it can cause eczema flare ups. I’d recommend taking a dip, then rinsing the chlorine off and moisturising quickly, to lock moisture into the skin, and keep allergens out.
Try our Organic Beeswax Balms as your body moisturising, which are 100% Organic, with hero ingredient, Organic Beeswax, which is naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal, and particularly nourishing and soothing for those with dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.
Keeping the skin nourished by using a natural balm to lock moisture in and allergens out is crucial to anyone who has eczema, to prevent flare ups, and is particularly important in the summer, when skin can easily dry out.
Swimming in the sea can be beneficial for those with eczema and especially psoriasis, as sea salt contains minerals beneficial for the shin. And if you can’t get to the beach, our Salt & Oil Bath Soaks are the perfect way to being the seaside home.
Intensely relaxing and deeply moisturising, the therapeutic Dead Sea Salts and Pink Himalayan Salts, contain 84 vital minerals (incl. iron, magnesium, and zinc), which cleanse, soften and detoxify and are great for those suffering with dry skin conditions.
How Can I Prevent Baby Eczema Getting Irritated in the Summer?
Babies and children with eczema can get flare ups in the summer, irritated by the heat. It’s imported to stay hydrated and drink lots of water, wear sun hats, stay in the shade where you/they can, and really importantly – be mindful of the what their clothes are made of. Loose, cotton and linens keep the body cool naturally, whereas made-made fibres don’t allow the skin to “breathe” and can irritate skin. When my daughters were babies and toddlers I chose organic cotton which was GOTS certified – this meant there were no toxic dyes used that could irritate the skin further, and I personally found them to be really helpful in the summer.
Also, be aware of clothes labels that can rub against delicate skin. Lots of children’s clothes now have printed clothes information directly on the back of the clothes, but if you do have a label, I recommend cutting it out so it doesn’t rub.
How Can I Soothe Sunburn, Bites and Stings Naturally?
Choose an organic balm with specific, high-grade essential oils, which are naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, rather than a chemical loaded lotion.
Our Organic Beeswax Balm with Organic Tea Tree and Lavender is formulated for those with dry skin, and dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. With hero ingredients Organic Beeswax, which is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial, and Organic Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils, which are packed with aromatherapeutic properties to calm and relax.
The essential oils are naturally anti septic and anti-inflammatory, helping to heal heat rash, sunburn, cuts and bruises, bites and stings – Perfect for your natural first aid kit, and to keep hands from drying out after using hand sanitisers.
How Can I Reduce Eczema and Psoriasis Itching and Inflammation In the Summer?
Exfoliating using natural sea salts, containing vital minerals such as magnesium, and plant based oils, can be helpful to reduce eczema and psoriasis itching and inflammation. Psoriasis is characterised by the over-production of skin cells, which result in thick, scaly and itchy patches, so gently exfoliating, can help remove the build up of dead skin cells, reducing the itch and inflammation.
Our Salt & Oil Body Scrubs are award-winning, all natural and organic, with a marshmallow texture, infused with therapeutic exfoliating salts, and formulated to leave skin silky smooth and give you a good night’s sleep.
This Salt & Oil Body Scrub is formulated to:
- Gently soften, detoxify, exfoliate and moisturise
- Remove dead skin and unclog pores, to leave skin silky smooth
- Beneficial for those with dry skin conditions – keratosis pilaris, eczema and psoriasis