For me, spring heralds the arrival of allergy season and periodic bouts of hives along with random patches of itchy skin. Yea, spring!
When my allergies are acting up, I try to avoid scented body products because they will often make the situation worse. Thank goodness for Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Care Body Wash ($9.99 ) and Moisturizing Cream ($9.99), a superstar unscented combo able to clean and moisturize without irritating or drying out my allergy-prone skin.
Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Care Body Wash and Moisturizing Cream
Use: To cleanse and moisturize the itchy, extra-dry skin associated with eczema
Price: $9.99 apiece
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Both Eczema Care Body Wash and Moisturizing Cream are fragrance- and steroid-free, making them ideal for people with sensitive skin. Created by dermatologists to provide itch relief to eczema sufferers (you don’t have to suffer from eczema to use it, though), each contains oat essence and ceramides, compounds with soothing properties. These products are so gentle that they’re approved for use on baby skin (but, as with any product, read your labels and consult a physician if in doubt).
Eczema is a general term used to describe any of a number of rash-like skin conditions, the most common being atopic dermatitis, an allergic skin reaction. In the US, 15 million people have some form of eczema. While people of all ages can have it, eczema is most common among babies (awww, poor things).
I’ve never been diagnosed with eczema but guessed that these gentle products would help relieve my slightly less severe skin issues, and I’ve been using both products at night for the past two weeks. On the first night, I used the Eczema Care Body Wash during my shower. The effect was almost immediate. I didn’t experience any of the itching on my arms and legs that I’ll sometimes have shortly after drying from a shower.
With an almost imperceptible oatmeal scent (natural to the oatmeal in the products, not added for effect), the body wash formula is thick and rich, but not oily. A quarter-sized dollop in my palm was enough to cover all of my sad, itchy patches. Just wash (it forms a slight lather) and rinse. And it didn’t leave a film. My skin felt clean but not dry or tight.
I have dry skin, so after drying from the shower I slathered a layer of the Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream on my legs, arms and trunk. Like the body wash, the cream has the same light oatmeal scent, and it, too, feels soothing. I really like the consistency of this cream. It’s thick and rich without feeling heavy. My skin feels much softer than usual after it’s applied.
Since I’ve started using both of these Aveeno products, I haven’t gotten hives, and the itching has stopped — ’twas a sigh of sweet relief for my skin! Both are super moisturizing. Even after allergy season ends later this year, I plan to keep my bottles of both the body wash and the moisturizing cream handy.
Purchase Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Care at drugstores like Walgreens and Rite Aid, or online at drugstore.com.
It’s Wednesday, SWEET! Today at work I’ve got a huge stack of detail-oriented paperwork to get through, oh joy. It’s not exactly my idea of fun but it lets the OCD detail freak inside of me shine! Got anything exciting going on today?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,