Personally I always find it difficult to predict how my skin will react on holiday. It totally depends on where I am going of course but I have noticed that it with either clear up completely within a few days or my skin will break out in rashes that are angry, red, lumpy, itchy, hot, etc etc etc blah blah blah Ihateyoueczema.
Over the last few years I have I picked up different tips and tricks to keep an eczema flare at bay while on holiday and I am going to share them with my fellow itchy bitches (you).
So first of all…bed linen. This sounds weird but please stick with me. I always take my own pillow case with me when I stay in hotels and honestly it makes a huge difference! I wash all my bed linen and clothes with non-bio gel, which is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. A lot of hotels (not all) use quite a harsh washing powder to make the sheets all crisp and smelling fresh…I can’t handle crisp, so I take my own! As of yet I haven’t taken my own bed sheets but it is defiantly something I would consider and I would rather look like a bed sheet carrying weirdo than be an uncomfortable red, flaky lizard.
The next thing I pack for any holiday or weekends away is loose fitting clothing, especially when it’s warm. Let that skin breathe! Sweating can dry the skin out so wearing loose fitting clothing can keep you cool and comfortable (also you can go big on the desserts!!). Tighter clothing can rub against eczema, which irritates it more and in my case can even bring on a flare. I also cut the labels out of the back of my clothes, even if they’re tiny.
Over the years I have always found buying sun cream really difficult. It’s either really perfumed, sticky, greasy or just simply doesn’t sink into the skin. This in turn brings on rashes in the creases of knees and elbows and just makes you one shiny, red mess! Not anymore though! In the last couple of years I have been using Boots Soltan Sensitive Hypoallergenic sun cream and it is the best I have found so far. I recently used it on a holiday to Mexico and had no problems at all. Not only does it sink into the skin quickly, it leaves you feeling moisturised and its affordable! Eczema prone skin always needs a high SPF so this is perfect and I would defiantly recommend!
If your toiletries bag weighs more than your shoes and clothes combined when you go on holiday then I feel your pain! It is always a good idea to stock up on all your creams, emollients, ointments and medicines (always check with your doctor) before you go away but sometimes they come in massive containers. This isn’t a problem most of the time but when you know you aren’t going to use that much throughout your trip it can be a bit of a pain. Instead of trying to survive without it, I have started transferring how much I need into smaller pots and bottles. Primark sell small travel size bottles in a little carry case for £1! Bargain! They can be used again and again too! I even have one filled with Doublebase that I keep in my handbag. These are also good for putting a small amount of lotion in hand luggage so you can keep moisturised during the flight.
One of the best cures for my eczema and dry skin is swimming in the sea. I’m not quite sure why but the combination of the salty sea and the sunshine is just a miracle worker for my skin. I definitely need to live in a warmer climate! I always make sure I moisturise/apply sun cream regularly when I’m at the beach though so I don’t dry out. Get that bikini on and get in that sea!!
My last top tip for going on holiday with eczema is to R E L A X. Being chilled out and stress free will do wonders for eczema prone skin and mental wellbeing. It’s hard to not get consumed by looking at/worrying about our skin but a holiday is the perfect time to take a break!
I hope these holiday essentials could at least help one person on their quest for itch free skin!
I know this is an obvious one but if you do get your hands on some new products that you’ve never used before, always do a patch test just in case you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Below I have linked the Primark bottles and the Boots Soltan sun cream…