Holiday skin update…

I’m back from a great holiday in Barcelona! I love city breaks and Spain is one of my favourites. As I have said in previous posts, my skin can be very hit and miss on holiday so I thought I would do a little skin update.

Before the holiday my skin was doing really well! I still had a bit of a scabby top lip and the fungal infection (sorry, I can’t bring myself to call it ringworm LOOLLL) on my chin was practically gone! By the way, ringworm…I knowwww… but unfortunately eczema loves fungus and fungus loves me, it’s just one of those things really. I don’t have mushrooms growing out of my chin or anything, it’s just a red patch of skin so please don’t judge Fergus the fungus. Hopefully he will piss off soon anyway.

My face doesn’t really get on well with planes so my chin got a bit dry on the way there but after a bit of light exfoliation it was fine. It was pretty much fine all week really! My legs, arms, back and neck had no problems at all, even in the heat! I got a little bit of a heat rash on my tummy on the third day that woke me up it was that itchy but it soon calmed down after I put a bit of cream on.

On the last day though the bottom part of my face started to get drier and drier. Make up covered it fine but I think it was the combination of sweat, drinking way more alcohol that I normally do, being tired and not drinking as much water as I should have done that added to the dryness. I also ate barely any fruit or vegetables all week and I was just knocking the sugar and pastries back like there was no tomorrow. This resulted in my face falling off on the plane back to England. No joke. I fell asleep as we were taking off for about 20 minutes and when I woke up I couldn’t move my mouth at all. I ran to the toilet and was just looking at all the flakes like nooooooooooo myyyy faaaccceeeeeee! Feeerrgguussss stop falling offffff! I was a lizard. I scrubbed the makeup off my face with a paper towel, urrghhhh, then applying moisturiser until we got back. As soon we got home I washed my face and I have been slapping on really thick layers on Nivea cold cream and Hydromol, which has done the trick in less than 12 hours.

I think the next time I go on a plane, I won’t wear any makeup and I’ll look after my skin a bit more while I’m away, especially the drinking more water thing. It’s really easy to forget about everything while you’re on holiday because you’re not in a routine and you just think ahhh go on then when someone offers you your 50th drink (or in my case pastry). This is sometimes a good thing because I can get so consumed by my skin, it’s nice to just have a break! Yeah my face was crispy AF on the flight back but it wasn’t going to stay that way forever and now it’s fine!

I’m so happy that my eczema didn’t go too mental on this holiday. It’s made me feel like I am finally getting somewhere with this shit skin!! I know my eczema will never go away but am I finally gettting some control back?!

Going on holiday with eczema and only a carry on…

Packing for a holiday is quite stressful and you know what makes it worse? Being too tight to pay the extra £35 to put a big suitcase in the hold and only being able to take 10kg worth of hang luggage including liquids. LOL. I am only going away for 4 nights on a city break so I don’t actually need a big suitcase but still, I’m addicted to creams people! Let me have my creams! My main top tip is to find a boyfriend that doesnt use any toiletries so you can take even more!!! I’m a genius!

I’m one of those people that take extra JUST IN CASE. You never know when you might get an allergic reaction to something so it’s a good job you packed those extra antihistamines and ointments and creams and sprays and aaahhhhhh it’s all too much! This year though, I’ve really thought about it and I think I’ve cracked it!

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First of all, tiny bottles and tubs! I’ve talked about these on another post before and I still swear by them. You can buy a pack of empty bottles, perfect for a suitcase or hand bag, from Primark for £1. They even come in a handy see through case! I’ve got millions of these and you can get quite a few into the little plastic bag you have to put liquids in at the airport. You can take up to a litre of liquids per person in hand luggage so yeah I’ve gone HAM this year. I line up all my creams, cleansers and moisturisers that I use every day and decant each one into a bottle or tub, it depends on how much I think I’ll need. I even carry a few of these in my hand bag and at work, I just refill them when they’re getting low.

Next up, lose fitting clothing! It’s boiling, eczema hates sweat, eczema hates sunburn, let that skin breathe! For a summer city break I always take lose fitting and comfy clothes because there is nothing worse than being itchy all day when you are trying to enjoy yourself. I’m talking lose tshirts/tops, over sized dresses, anything that is comfy and will minimise sweating. I always take clothes that cover me up a bit too because my skin goes mental when it’s a had a bit too much sun. Piss off eczema, I’m on holiday!

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Get those underwire bras away from me. Does anyone else feel like this in summer? I do! I always get a patch of eczema where my bra has been so when it’s hot I tend to stick to crop tops. I picked up this crop above from Primark. It’s a pack of 2, the other one is a maroon colour and oh my god they are the softest crops ever. They come with a built in bandeau, so there’s a bit more support than a normal crop top and for £5 you just can’t go wrong! I love that they are seamless and they will deffo keep me comfy on holiday!

Another tip that I like to do when I’m going to a hot country but only taking hand luggage is to buy sun cream at the airport. It’s all well and good taking mini day to day items but you will need to apply sun cream multiple times throughout the day so it’s worth buying a big bottle of it. Keep that skin protected!

Do you have any tips on going on holiday with only hand luggage for us flakey gals?

Do we need to change our diet for our skin?

Ok, so I’m having one of those days were I’m questioning my whole life and eczema. When you research eczema management and relief there is a lot of information out there about diets, what to eat and what to avoid. I just don’t get it. I mean, I get the whole what we put into our bodies can have an effect on us but also at the same time pizza makes me happy so leave me alone.

I was brought up with a healthy outlook on food. I ate loads of fruit and veg and was steered away from fizzy drinks and sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I ate sweets and McDonalds but it was more of a treat and I still have this attitude towards food now. So eating healthily isn’t a problem for me at all, it’s the cutting things out that I can’t get my head around.

For example, dairy. I have cereal every morning so drinking milk every day is just the norm for me. I don’t really have much but it’s still part of my day to day diet. There’s a lot of information regarding milk/ dairy and eczema and a lot of people have had success cutting it out whilst being on a strict diet. It’s a little trickier for me because I’m allergic to nuts so nut milks are a no go. I do like oat milk but it’s expensive and I always think why should I bother? I like cows milk so why can’t I just have it on my cereal? Is it really effecting me that much? Do I even notice a difference when I don’t have any milk for a week or so? Also, cheese is my life! I love you cheese!

Alcohol. I understand this one more than dairy because when I have been out drinking I definitely notice my skin is a lot drier, dull and more prone to a flare. I have cut out  alcohol quite a lot but every now and again I will have wine with friends or at home because I enjoy it. Researching alcohols effects on eczema tells you to cut it it completely. Would a bottle of wine every 3 months or so really do much damage? Would having a few drinks on holiday mean I’m not in control of my eczema? I think giving up alcohol altogether would make me miserable, not because I am dependent on it but because I am restricted. Having drinks with friends makes me happy, do I have to be unhappy to make my eczema happy?

Sugar. As I said earlier, I have a very healthy diet and I totally understand that eating too much sugar can have an effect on anyone’s body, eczema or no eczema. But chocolate is amazing and I love it. I don’t want to give up biscuits either! Like I said with alcohol, I’m not dependent on sugar but i know if I completely cut it out I would want it more and one day I’d just snap and eat 5 chocolate cakes and my boyfriend would nickname me Bruce Bogtrotter.

As you know if you read my blog, I am very open to trying new things and switching up my routine but I feel as though I am happy with my diet right now and eat a lot of ‘bad’ things in moderation, so do I need to change for my eczema? Do I need to be miserable and hard on myself every time I have a bag of crisps? Is my skin bad enough to think about a lifestyle change? Does anyone else feel like this or am I thinking way too much into it?

For anyone that has cut out these things from their diets I don’t want you to think that I am criticising you in any way.  This is simply me just questioning a few things and having a bit of a rant.

First impression Friday – Child’s Farm and Dr.Organic…

As you all know, I am a sucker for skincare. I pretend I’m not addicted but my bank balance says otherwise…sorry, not sorry. I just can’t help myself! This week I have bought two new products that I’ve read a lot of positive things about for sensitive skin and in this post I’m going to tell you what I think of them so far.

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First up is Child’s Farm Baby Moisturiser from Boots for £3.99. I think we’ve all seen the article of this cream recently with the mum who couldn’t find anything to soothe her baby’s eczema until she stumbled upon this. Normally I don’t read too much into those stories because they’re EVERYWHERE and most of the time they’re bullshit. For £3.99 I just couldn’t say no. This is a lotion rather than a cream, which I was disappointed with at first because we all know I love a heavy cream but it’s really moisturising! After I did a skin test I put it all over my face and it didn’t sting or irritate my eczema at all. After it sank in my skin felt really soft and no joke, this stuff smells AMAZING. It smells like babies! It’s definitely a gentle moisturiser and a little goes a long way but I’m not blown away by it. I’m going to keep trying it though, if anything just for the smell! Don’t judge me.

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Next up is the Dr.Organic Hemp Oil 24 Hour Rescue Cream from Holland & Barrett for £8.99. I’ve heard that hemp oil is really good for eczema and other skin conditions so I thought I would give this a try. The ‘rescue cream’ bit also sold it to me because please someone rescue my shit skin!!! This is a heavy cream that I have been putting on at night rather than in the morning because of the thickness. It sinks in really nicely though and my skin instantly felt hydrated. I have a few stubborn dry patches on my chin and upper lip at the minute, attractive, but I have noticed a big different after one use! This smells a lot like Pure Potions Skin Salvation, which reeaaalllyyyy doesn’t work for me so I was getting intense flash backs at first but once it soothed that scabby lip I forgot all about it. Deffo a winner for me so far and I am going to keep using it to see what else it can sort out!

What new products have you been trialling recently?

My June favourites…

Woah, June flew by! I have been so busy these past few weeks with work and Scrub Month (see previous posts) that I have been neglecting my skincare obsession slightly. Normally in my monthly favourites posts I will talk about products that I have purchased and been loving that month. In this post though I will be talking about products that I’ve been trying for a while and that have really started to make a difference to my skin throughout June. Let’s get started…

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  • XO Balm.

I love a good balm and this one is just lovely. It’s made with 4 ingredients, which are beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil and chia seed oil. You can’t get more natural than that! It even comes with an applicator and a mirror in the lid! What I like most about this balm is that is is matte so when I have been applying it on dry, rough patches of skin on my face it doesnt leave me feeling greasy. I’ve even put it on top of makeup! It also reduces redness quite quickly and protects throughout the day. The balm comes in a 45g tin, which is a very generous amount as a little goes a long way. I love it! You can get the balm from http://www.xobalm.com for £12.50 with free shipping.

  • Cetaphil – Gentle Skin Cleanser.

So I’ve been reading a lot about this cleanser for a while but to be quite honest the packaging put me off. I know that sounds really stupid but I was just never really drawn in by it. Anyway, I decided to actually buy some in May because I noticed on the bottle it says soap free. YES GIVE ME ALL THE SOAP FREE THINGS. Well, I love it and I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else. I’m quite shocked at myself for saying that. There’s nothing fancy about this product, it literally does what it says on the bottle, which is to help skin retain moisture. My face has been so much calmer since using this and I even feel like my make up goes on nicer. It’s also for face and body, which I didn’t realise when I first bought it, so it’s great for in the shower! There’s not really much more to say about this other than if you have irritated skin then you should give this a go!! I got my 473ml bottle off Amazon for £9.49.

  • Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream.

This is another product that I have read loads about but never bought because of the packaging…why am I a magpie?! Well, yet again, I should have bought it sooner! This cream is from Japan and everything I have read about it has been good. The only slightly negative thing I’ve heard about it is that it smells a medicinal, which it does but that smell fades completely as you rub it in. The cream is quite thick, like a balm, but it melts into your skin and leaves it silky soft. This is also a great product for taking on the go with you as it doesn’t leave the skin greasy and it protects throughout the day. I find this cream works especially well around my eyes, as it’s intensive without the sting. Goodbye flakey eyelids! I highly recommend this if you have rough patches that need a moisture boost throughout the day. I got my tube off Amazon for £13.50.

  • Water Wipes.

Where have you been all my life? I have recently been on a camping trip and I normally like to pack baby wipes to wash my face with and generally just freshen up. Since my skin is super sensitive these days, I have been struggling to find any wipes that I can use on my body that don’t sting like 1000 bees until I found these bad boys! They’re chemical free (yasssss), 99.9% water and allergy friendly. Yaaaaaasssssssssssssss!! These wipes are so gentle on my skin and I’ve even used to them to clean my make up brushes with. Has anyone else noticed that baby products are always amazing for eczema?! I got my pack from Tesco for £1.80.

What products were you loving in June?

As always, if you are going to try out a new product that you have never used before then please do a patch test in case of allergies.