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    Avoiding eczema flare-ups in winter: Graham’s top five tips

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    he cool and dry winter air means that eczema flare ups are more common during the winter months. Eczema flare-ups occur because your skin can’t stay moist on it’s own. Managing skin conditions like eczema during the cooler winter months can be challenging so we’ve created five top tips to help you combat the change in weather. These simple tips are easy to implement and will help you avoid dry, itchy skin this winter.

    1.  Be careful with hot water 

    Avoid using hot water when showering as heat enlarges your pores causing your skin to dry out quicker. Similar to when you’re exercising and sweating, your body requires hydration when you expend heat. When showering in winter, you should be careful with the water temperature as heat will dry your skin out quicker which could cause your eczema to flare up. To keep your skin moisturised while showering/bathing during winter look for products that are specifically designed for this. Our Bath and Body Oil is 100% oil based which protects your skin and keeps it hydrated whilst washing. Just rub into your skin before showering or put in your bath water for best results. We’ve developed our oil especially for people who experience reactions and allergies to certain ingredients in chemical based products. The oil based product provides a natural eczema relief particularly when the skin is irritated. 

    The effects of was using hot water on sensitive skin can seriously harm the skins protective barrier

    2. Pat yourself dry 

    This may sound simple but it is very important during the winter months to ensure you avoid eczema flare-ups. As your skin is more sensitive due to the dry air, rubbing it with a towel will scratch your eczema and cause further irritation. Patting down your skin after showering/bathing will reduce irritation and leave a little moisture on the skin which will benefit your eczema. If you have time, air-drying would be less hard on your skin, however this can be challenging during the cold winter months! After you’ve pat dried your skin, apply our effective eczema cream - the C+ Eczema Cream to help your skin stay hydrated and avoid the winter eczema flare ups. 

     3. Moisturise! 

    Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. People with eczema hear this regularly however during the winter months it is even more crucial to help prevent flare-ups. A thick moisturiser can help prevent dry skin and should be applied two to three times a day during winter. Creams are useful as they seal in moisture and contain less oil than an ointment so are less greasy to touch. Here at Grahams, we have spent years perfecting our natural eczema cream. It is clinically tested to provide six hours of hydration for dry and irritated skin. The natural ingredients provide a cool, soothing feeling to relieve itching and pain that may be increased in the winter months. Our therapeutic eczema relief pack contains our most popular eczema products, our C+ Eczema Cream and our Bath and Body Oil. These products are essential for eczema sufferers during winter. 

    Moisturizing sensitive skin in winter is important as it replenishes the valuable hydration and oils back into the skin

     4. Dress in layers 

    Avoid thick and heavy clothing, instead opting for thin layers that you can remove one at a time. Also, be mindful of what your clothing is made up of. Wearing certain fabrics like nylon, wool or rough linen can irritate your skin. Opt for light fabrics like cotton, to help your skin breathe better. Wearing layers helps minimize dramatic temperature changes and protects your skin from drying out. Eliminate unnecessary layers from your bed and ensure bed linens are made from breathable fabrics. Apply our eczema cream before bed to ensure skin is hydrated to protect from irritation. 

    Dressing in specific clothing such as silk clothes is ideal for winter skin as it prevents the skin getting further irritated.

     5. Be hyper aware of your diet 

    Taking care of what you’re eating is essential in winter if you suffer from eczema. Specific ingredients in foods can cause eczema flare-ups and these foods are more commonly eaten during the cooler months for comfort. Some foods to limit in winter to prevent eczema flare-ups include milk, wheat and eggs. It is also mindful to be aware of your water intake as your skin needs to be hydrated internally as well. Think of it as moisturizing your skin from inside to out. It is suggested to supplement your diet with Vitamin D as it has shown to decrease winter eczema flare-ups. Our Mega-Oil works to nourish your skin from the inside out. It is specifically made for people with skin conditions like eczema and can help prevent winter flare-ups. 

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    Some improvement

    There has been some minor improvement to severe eczema on hands and arms. Decrease i n itchiness of the skin. Will keep persisting to see if more improvement.

    Fabulous product

    I bought Grahams Conditioner as a recommended replacement for a botanical product from a company that had ceased trading. It is a brilliant find as it is gentle and soothing on my itchy scalp and leaves my hair soft and manageable. My only concern is that despite being listed as a UK company it came all the way from Australia……not good for my carbon footprint! Hopefully I will be able to find some nearer to home soon.

    Only this works

    Soothes itchiness caused by sensitivity

    SO light and un-aggravating

    Normally with my eczema lotion feels so heavy and can cause me to itch more, it's like you can feel it too much on your skin but not this! The oil and the lotion are so light that I don't have to wait around for it to dry and I don't have to restrain myself from itching it off! It's great! I can just put it on and get dressed and get in bed no problem! I wish it was sold more conveniently in the US but it was so worth it I may just order again! 20/10

    Great product

    I'm ordering my second tube of this gel, as it worked so well on my German Shepherd's recent hot spot. She tolerated it well (it is clearly soothing), & it took the swelling and redness down almost straight away each time we applied. We did need to keep applying it regularly for about a week, as she had a very raw, swollen patch of skin. Alternating the gel with Derma Cream was very effective.