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Skin Care and Sunscreen

Winter is coming to an end, and families are gearing up for spring break, outdoor activities, and summer vacation. The best part of winter coming to an end is that the sun shines brightly and our days last longer. It is just as important to take care of your skin in the winter and keep it moisturized as it is to protect your skin from the sun during the spring and summer if you are outside for long periods of time. Applying sunscreen should be a part of your routine during any season of the year when you may be exposed to the sun for a long time. Sun light is good for you and provides vitamin D so you don’t need sunscreen unless you are in the light for long periods of time. Protecting our skin from over exposure to the sun will prevent sun damage, skin cancer, and wrinkles.

Finding the right sunscreen to use can be hard because there are so many different brands, SPFs, scents, and types such as oil, lotion, or gel. Some can cause allergic reactions, may not protect well, feel too greasy or sticky, and some may cause a person’s eczema to become very irritated. Other types may be waterproof while some are not. Sunscreen can be made with chemicals that can leave your skin feeling dry or cause a skin rash. It is also common for sunscreen to be mixed in with a woman’s foundation or cover up.

Sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 should be applied on your arms and face both in the winter and summer if you are exposed to the sun for hours on end. If you are in the sun for a long period of time, it is important to reapply every three to four hours if you have fair skin. One application in the morning may not be enough to protect you throughout the day, depending on your skin type, if you are in direct sunlight at a sporting event or on the beach for example.

If you are prone to getting rashes from lotions or creams, you should use hypoallergenic sunscreen that is natural and chemical free. There are natural sunblocks that are made for people who have eczema or very sensitive skin. If you do have a flare up after applying, you can treat the irritation with eczema oil or lotion. It is especially important to use hypoallergenic lotions on babies because their skin is so sensitive. You may need to try out different organic hypoallergenic brands before you get the right one. Unfortunately, you may experience an eczema flare up or skin rash if the brand you use doesn’t agree with your skin type.

If you are having problems finding a sun block that won’t irritate your skin, be sure to have some protection from the UV rays such as a hat. The sun can be good for eczema, but you shouldn’t overexpose yourself or stay out in the direct light for long periods of time. Wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin will keep it healthy and looking great. Sun light provides vitamin D that isn’t naturally made in our bodies. Sun light is good for you and healthy, but it should also be balanced in your life. Over exposure can damage your skin. However, being responsible and spending some time in the summer light will make you healthy and provide vitamin D.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

Makeup for Eczema

Wearing makeup can enhance your best features and make you feel glamorous and beautiful. It can boost your confidence and cover up any skin imperfections or blemishes. For those of us who have eczema or severe dry skin, makeup can be a burden. It can dry the skin out more or cause annoying flare ups and other irritations. Searching for the right products for your skin, whether you have eczema or not, can be time consuming and is often a trial and error process. When searching for cosmetics, you should look for makeup that is noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic. You can still have eczema and wear makeup when you use the right type of cosmetics.

If your eczema is mostly on your face and around your eyes, you may not be able to wear eye shadow. You can still curl your lashes to make your eyes more open and your eye lashes more noticeable. Curling your eye lashes can even make them look longer. If mascara isn’t too irritating, you may just want to put on some mascara and leave off the eye shadow. However if you experience a lot of irritation, you can enhance another part of your face where there isn’t eczema such as your lips. If you are only wearing lipstick, wear bright colors that draw the attention to that area of your face and away from your dry skin condition.

Foundation can be made in many different ways and come in forms such as powder, wet powder, and liquid. A lot of foundations are now made with moisturizers, and that is recommended for people with dry skin. If the liquid cover up doesn’t worsen your eczema symptoms, then you can comfortably and beautifully wear it. Other makeup brands create their powders and cover ups with minerals. Mineral makeup is healthy for your skin and does a great job covering up imperfections. A great tip for looking at cover up is to look for products that are talc free. Some eye shadows can also be found talc free that you can wear that may not cause your skin any harm.

If you apply makeup and experience a flare up or it dries your skin out more, then wash off the product immediately. You can treat flare ups and really dry skin with eczema oil or lotions. If you are having problems removing eye makeup or foundation, try using organic olive oil because it works great for removing it. Finding products that are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic should reduce any flare ups or other skin irritations. The difference between these two products is that hypoallergenic is made specifically to reduce allergies. It is made with natural ingredients that aren’t harsh or irritating. Noncomedogenic makeup means that it won’t clog your pores which makeup can often do. You can find other skin care products such as lotion or sunscreen that is also noncomedogenic.

When you are looking for makeup to wear every day and you have eczema on your face, keep in mind to look for natural products that are labeled hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and talc free. These should be fine for your skin, but you won’t know until you try them. If you notice irritation, stop using the product. Most people also say that mineral based organic makeup is less troublesome for their skin. If a flare up does occur, be sure to treat it properly and keep your skin moisturized.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

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