The inspiration behind creating the ORGANIC BEESWAX BALMS are my daughters who both had really bad eczema and allergies from birth.
As any mum of an eczema child will tell you, one of the most important things to keep it at bay is daily moisturising- morning and night. And it can be a nightmare to get the little ones to let you put the creams on. It became so hard as they would cry and complain that the creams would sting them, so they never wanted them on. Naturally I looked around for alternatives – which meant spending a fortune buying so many different products often labelled as “miracle cures”…and yet nothing seemed to work. I wracked my brains trying to figure out why the creams were stinging and what I could do to sort it out.
After lots of research, talking to experts and specialists, I discovered that lotions, creams and moisturisers- in fact any kind of skincare products that has water as an ingredient, must have a preservative added to it to stop if from going off. Were the preservatives to blame for the stinging?
I wanted to see if there were other ways to moisturise without using products with a long ingredient lists full of preservatives and chemicals I didn’t know – and after a LONG time of working on it – developed the ORGANIC BEESWAX BALM for Sensitive Skin. There are just 4 organic ingredients in it and no water – so no preservatives needed – each loaded with amazing health benefits – and with Hero Ingredient, Organic Beeswax.
Our ORGANIC BEESWAX BALMS are formulated with Organic beeswax, which is the purest you can find. Created by bees who have pollinated only organic crops and flowers, completely free from pesticides. It is certified by the Soil Association and Cosmos.
Beeswax has been used in skincare for thousands of years, acclaimed for its healing properties. Beeswax moisturises, conditions, soothes and calms the skin. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxident properties, which makes it excellent to use in balms and salves for those who suffer from dry skin conditions such as eczema. It soothes itchiness and irritation, helps repair skin damage, promotes skin regeneration and creates a long lasting protective barrier against environmental pollutants, something which is crucial for eczema sufferers. It helps prevent harmful bacteria getting through any broken or chapped skin, adding an important layer of protection for those who may have topical allergies, or skin conditions such as eczema. Beeswax is also naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial and any fungal, so it really is a wonder ingredients for those with dry skin or dry skin conditions. Find out more about ingredients.
Moisturisers or balms can be great as part of an eczema skincare regime, but they won’t “cure” this condition. There are 5 big things I’ve learnt as a Mum of two eczema sufferers which I thought I’d share in case anyone is in a similar position:
TOP 5 TIPS
1. If your child has eczema or you suspect it’s eczema, go and see your GP and get referred to a specialist straight away (I’d advise a dermatologist and allergy specialist). It can be expensive to go privately, but we did 1 appointment with a private allergy specialist who then referred us to their practise in the NHS – and you can get a referral for a specialist via your GP on the NHS- keep on at them until you get referred! It’s so important to do this, as the specialists can help you find the root cause of the eczema which is the first step to getting it under control (see below). Sometimes GPs can be a roadblock, and to be honest I got some bad advice from my local GPs at first. Plus it took me dozens of GP appointments, late night trips to A&E, frantic calls to friends and family, and reaching out to mums on Facebook groups to finally get the specialist help we needed. I was desperate (my daughters had eczema from birth and my first baby has full body eczema at 8 weeks old). Keep on at your GP until you get referred to a specialist (if it’s more serious than a few little spots of eczema).
It’s also REALLY important to follow the specialist’s skin care routine, what to do and how to do it. Don’t be scared of steroid ointments, as they do have their place in a eczema skincare regimen and are very useful in calming down a flare up. These are fine to use as long as you follow your specialist’s advice on how to use them. Once the flare up has calmed down, keep it under control my moisturising all the time!
2. Find the root cause of the flare ups and the specialist will help you do that. Skin prick tests and blood tests can diagnose any underlying allergies – alongside keeping a good diary – so that when you/your kids get a flare up, you can work out what the triggers may be (is it food allergies, environmental – So dust, washing powder, cleaning products etc….?)
It turned out my children were allergic to eggs and dairy from my breast milk (we found this out via blood and skin prick tests with a paediatric allergy specialist) plus airborne allergens, which we discovered through our own process of elimination.
We got rid of our carpets, curtains and soft furnishings, as they collect dust and can cause flare ups and breathing problems. Instead, we sanded our wooden floorboards, and got wooden shutters, that we could clean with a damp cloth very easily to get rid of dust.
We switched washing powder (full of chemicals), to natural soap nuts instead (I’ll do another post on this, but you can buy them here on Amazon), we stopped using fabric conditioner and water softeners. These were a big cause of eczema in our girls and as soon as we did this, we noticed a really big difference in their skin. We also only had cotton clothes (not synthetic fibres) and ideally cotton with non toxic dyes, safe for sensitive skin – this really helped.
The other important factor for us was keeping bath times very short, and bathing twice a day, in lukewarm water. No bubble bath, or soap but a quick dip in and out for 30 seconds in the morning and evening using an emollient prescribed by our dermatologist. The baths got rid of any allergens on their body, but was quick enough not to dry their skin out. We dried them by patting dry quickly and not rubbing as it would pull the skin, and the immediately moisturising to create a barrier on the skin – locking in moisture and keeping allergens out,
One more tip was that when the girls were babies, we carried a very large muslin, washed in soap nuts, wherever we went. This meant that we could place our baby onto this, knowing that they wouldn’t be playing on anything washed in regular washing powder that was bad for their skin.
3. Follow a skin care regime as directed by your specialist – so keep moisturised! This is a really important factor in an eczema skincare regime, as eczema skin is considered to be “leaky” – meaning pollutants can get in – and moisture gets out – so moisturising gives the skin a protective barrier, whilst locking moisture in. We moisturised our girls up to 8 times a day, as their skin was so dry and this was the only way to keep it eczema free.
4. When using moisturisers / balms / lotions / creams – always be mindful of contamination. This means don’t dip your fingers in to get the moisturisers out. This contaminates the moisturiser and provides a breeding ground for bacteria which can infect sensitive eczema skin. Instead, use a pump or if the balm is in a pot, like our Organic Beeswax Balms, then sterilise a teaspoon, by dipping it in boiling water, and use that to get the balm out. Put the lid back on tightly as soon as you’ve got the amount you need. And no double dipping!
5. Be wary of ‘miracle’ cures and creams – they rarely are miracles and can potentially cost a fortune! For children with eczema, you can get moisturisers free on the NHS so you don’t need to spend anything, and if you are looking for a natural alternative, our balms are amazing and the only thing I use on mine and my children’s skin now. And you can also make your own balms if you don’t want to spend too much money. I’d suggest beeswax as the base of course ! It’s go so many brilliant skin benefits, and then add to that natural oils like coconut and apricot, or almond.
Please let me know if you have another tips you’d like to share! XX