Seek minimalist formulae, created specifically for dry, eczema-prone skin
Embrace ingredients such as glycerin, shea butter and madecassoside
Avoid products containing fragrances, parabens and preservatives
Faced with so much choice, it’s not always easy knowing which skincare products to choose. Expert and dermatologist, Dr Justine Kluk shares her 3 top tips.
1. Keep it simple
Avoid fragranced or foaming shower gels or soaps - choose bath or shower emollient washes instead. Add a soothing emollient oil to bath water for extra nourishing care.
2. Go for essential ingredients
Products containing glycerin are particularly good for very rough skin or if itching is a problem. Madecassoside contains anti-inflammatory and pro-healing properties to soothe the skin, whilst shea butter can help lipid replenishment. Zinc gluconate is also a powerful ingredient to look out for; its antibacterial action helps to reduce the chance of infections developing.
3. Moisturising is key
For eczema-prone skin, simple, non-fragranced preservative-free moisturisers are best and should be applied at least twice daily for dry skin, more often for eczema-prone skin.
The real insiders’ tip to gain maximum moisturising power? Dr Kluk says “Absorption can be increased by applying within 5 minutes of a bath or shower”.