I’ve had eczema all my life, and as most eczema sufferers know, it moves around the body. When I’m stressed and over-tired I get patches on my eyelids (dark glasses!). When I was a teenager, I would get a patch next to my mouth during exam time. When I was in my early twenties, I had a small patch on my stomach, which has never returned. Last year I had a random patch on the middle toe of my left foot, which made wearing shoes rather annoying.
In the winter it always affects the backs of my knees (yes, I’m sitting here now and the backs of my legs are itchy..but let’s pretend they’re not). Sometimes I get patches on my inner arms from getting too hot. I’m currently slathering on Soap Cabin Body Butter, Soothing Skin oil and Soothing Skin balm, depending on the time of day. I’m actually thinking of bringing back the Lavender Butter that we used to make, but perhaps further enriched with other goodies as an eczema butter. I think you want different textures of moisturiser at different times, and Lavender is soooo good for eczema skin.
If you’re suffering in your skin, here’s a good article from the Huffington Post on how to combat eczema during the cold winter months!
In autumn 2014 we launched our Soothing Skin Balm. Made with calendula oil, beeswax, shea butter, Lavender and Sweet Orange Oils, the easily absorbed balm provides a hydrating barrier to repair and calm dry, itchy, flaky skin. Calendula is excellent at healing burns and grazes and calming irritated skin.
All natural, the balm is suitable for eczema and psoriasis.
Here are some of the many ways you can use your tin of balm:
First we attended our regular Little Fox Market at St Mary’s Church Centre in Rickmansworth on Saturday 4th October for fun in the…rain. Although it was bustling early on and we chatted with customers and saw many familiar faces, the rain settled in and soon the afternoon was very quiet. However, it was a fun and friendly day, and we got to debut our skin oil and skin balm.
Our next event was the following Saturday morning at Watersmeet Theatre in ‘Ricky’ for the annual Rickmansworth Society Autumn Market, which has been going for about 30 years.
The event was introduced by a town crier (Hear ye!) and then the Chairman of Three Rivers District Council and finally Miss Rickmansworth and her attendants. When we arrived, we realised we were right over by the stage in a really dark corner, so we had to nip out and grab some emergency LED lights to illuminate our products. It was a busy event, with lots of people wandering through and it was great to speak to so many people at the stall about skin complaints, particularly eczema, which seems to be plaguing a lot of people in this changeable season. From this, about 4 people purchased our new Soothing Skin Balm, which I was really pleased about. Of course there are some who are extremely cautious about trying a new product on irritated skin, and perhaps prefer to rely on prescription creams only, but I did my best to reassure them that the product is completely natural and gentle enough to use on the face (which I had done that morning) if they wanted to try something natural to calm the itch.
I have finally got around to making our new Soothing Skin Balm. Made with calendula oil, which is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties, the balm is great for skin that is prone to eczema (like mine) or psoriasis. Calendula (pot or common marigold) is also used to treat burns, cuts and grazes. Apparently, it was once said that “where calendula is, no pus will form”. (Oh I am glad!) Added lavender and sweet orange essential oils bring extra soothing properties, as well as a nice, subtle scent.
I decided to make a balm because I know how nice a balm feels on irritated skin, compared to a heavy butter, particularly if you need to put clothes on over the skin. This morning I massaged a bit of leftover balm into a small irritated patch of eczema I have on my wrist at the moment and it seems to have stopped the itching and smoothed the skin out! Because I tend to get patches during Autumn/Winter season, I will make sure I take a pot with me everywhere I go.
Soothing Skin Balm is available in 50ml and 100ml tins.