It’s been cold, very cold this past week. If you ask me, It’s been the coldest winter of my life (and I bet my mom wouldn’t approve me going outside when it’s -7 oC). And while I try to embrace winter and the recent low temperatures as positive as possible, I can’t help but facing childhood memories.
To me, winter is associated to those awkward arguments between my mom and dad. I remember always starting with the picture of my mom in the kitchen, cooking right by the open flame of our gas stove. I remember her fingertips presented a flaky look and no matter the amount of body lotion she put on them never seemed to get better. But this effect wasn’t isolated to her hands only, she then would suddenly reach out for her legs and scratch, repeatedly and vigorously, and having my dad in the background telling her to wash her hands and see a doctor. Of course my mom never did since her skin issues continued for years. I now think my mom suffered from Eczema all this time and that is more common than we think.
From my last conversation I had with her I made sure to explain more about eczema, symptoms and what products she could try at home for relief. Here are the top 3 things that help me minimize the effects of eczema during winter:
1. Drink water. Do you know that during winter our skin drys out faster and its moisture replenishes from… hello? our body’s! We need to be well hydrated. I make it a rule to drink 1 glass of water right before I leave for work and then 1 more glass before I return home. 2 extra glasses of water doesn’t seem a lot, but it’s already a difference than if I don’t.
2. Treat the skin. There is this great line that Polysporin carries called Eczema Essentials. This winter I made sure to use tailored products to help minimize the dryness, itch and irritation effects. I use the Daily Body Wash for my morning showers and find it very smooth and light as any other body wash. But still creamy enough to layer my skin without an oily or sticky feeling afterwards. Then I lock all of this greatness with the Daily Moisturizing Cream. I apply this primarily below my knees, because as my mom, I tend to suffer from eczema during winter times. But I can also apply it on my face. These products are scent free and sensitive enough that can be used with children too.
3. Make a travelling kit. This has been a life saving thing. In my purse I carry a lip balm and Polysporin Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream. There are times when an itch attack hits and the thought of feeling thousands of ants crawling under my skin and feeling unable to stop it just freaks me out. Having the Hydrocortisone with me helps me feel confident and protected. I don’t get tired of recommending this product, it helped me a lot to deal with my allergies when I was desperate. Vancouver went through a period of high construction along Cambie Street, right in front where I used to live. During that time I experienced my worst skin reaction which seemed to always start with an itch and end in swollen and irritated skin. Bumpy. You could clearly see all these bumps as big as those mosquito bites. They were anywhere I scratched which were mostly on my legs, back and face. Ever since then, it’s not only in my purse but also in my bathroom cabinet. It should be a must have product.
Is there anything that helps you with Eczema? How do you deal with cold temperatures?
“Disclosure: I am part of the the POLYSPORIN® Eczema EssentialsTMBlogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”