• Dharma Nemani

Moisturize the best way!



Eczema and food allergies Thankfully, Mishka hasn’t developed any skin sensitivities (inshallah) but I suffer from bouts of eczema to this day. My irritation flares up as soon as I enter drier climates or take scalding hot showers...which happens to be my fav thing to do.


Not to get all Medical Journal on you, but I recently discovered that eczema and food allergies are linked. They’re actually saying taking good care of your child’s skin and treating skin dryness may potentially help prevent food allergies from developing. This blew my mind! Eczema, like allergies and asthma, has a definite genetic component. However, there is plenty of research that supports the case that food allergies are more common in those who develop eczema early in life than those who have a later onset of eczema. And eczema can be controlled by keeping skin moisturized, the right way.

The best way to moisturize Eczema sufferer or not, please read on for some helpful pointers: - Moisturize within three minutes of getting out of the shower. According to the National Eczema Org, if you don’t hit your skin with moisturizer immediately after a bath or shower, the moisture your skin needs will evaporate and may cause a rebound effect of making skin drier.

- Step 1: Start with oil. Listen, I get it. Getting your kid showered / bathed is a task in and of itself and here I am telling you to add steps to the madness. But trust me it’s worth the trouble. Gently pat dry and massage oil all over your toddler’s semi-wet skin to lock in a solid first layer of moisture and protection. Which oils to use? Cetaphil In-shower Moisturizing Oil is great but any unprocessed / cold-pressed oils like sweet almond, jojoba or good ol’ coconut will work.

- Step 2: Layer moisturizer. Step two should be your traditional moisturizer. If your kid does suffer from eczema, use something with a higher oil content (like an ointment or a heavier cream) instead of a water-based lotion. Avoid: parabens, fragrance, alcohol, and formaldehyde and look for: ceramides, aloe, shea butter, natural oils and oats. Also helpful to consult your EWG app or look out for this “Accepted by National Eczema Association” seal of approval.

I have been using this two-step method with Mishka, even though the true science behind it was unbeknownst to me until now. Moms, do the oil + moisturizer layering on yourself too. This two-step (and obvi this version by Ciara / Missyoh she’s on a roll ladies) is life-changing. You will see the difference in your skin!

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