YesYou know the feeling of exhaustion of trying on what looks like a thousand different outfits for a specific event, only to feel like none of them quite match your vibe? That’s how it feels to go through the process of trial and error to find a skincare product that actually works for eczema-prone skin (read: nearly impossible).
Take it from the beauty content creator Sachita Subramanian (aka @pigmentedglow), whose body eczema flare-ups have made an unwanted comeback during the pandemic. After years of wondering about her on-and-off symptoms and even experiencing a not-so-great dermatologist visit, Subramanian began documenting her journey on Instagram, where she shares beauty solutions for complexions. and South Asian hair types.
“Along the way, I started sharing my personal journey with eczema, which allowed me to find a bigger community,” she says. “I always felt like my experiences with eczema weren’t worthwhile because they weren’t as noticeable as others. However, I’ve learned over the years that the experience of every individual is different… just because you think someone’s eczema ‘isn’t ‘bad’ doesn’t make their struggles any less [valid].” (Retweet.)
After understanding this is not it work for her (harsh ingredients, sweaty unplanned workouts, and falling down a stressed rabbit hole), Subramanian has learned that gentle focus is key. “I look for products that are really hydrating, soothing and nourishing,” she says. “I’m also looking for barrier-strengthening ingredients like colloidal oatmeal.”
According to Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, she’s on the right track. “Less is more! You don’t need anything fancy when it comes to skincare,” she says. “Just good moisturizing ingredients and repair creams to keep it strong. Treat your skin gently, choose your products wisely, and your eczema will break out less often and your skin will be able to handle environmental challenges much more successfully.”
To follow up on this, Subramanian swears by Josie Maran’s Argan Apothecary Intensive Daily Repair Body Butter– which contains the brand’s 100% pure argan oil, FDA-approved colloidal oatmeal, aloe leaf juice and other skin-soothing ingredients – to help her dry skin , itchy and prone to eczema.
Keep scrolling for Subramanian’s first-hand experience of trying this moisturizing body butter to help relieve his body eczema.
All about the ingredients
When it comes to body eczema, says Subramanian, keeping your skin hydrated 24/7 is key, with high-quality nutrients, of course. “Colloidal oatmeal is a star ingredient that I always look for in my eczema-related products,” says Subramanian, adding that it helps relieve itching.
Dr. Nazarian agrees: “Colloidal oatmeal is beneficial for eczema-prone skin due to its calming and anti-inflammatory properties,” she explains. “Many patients with eczema find the use of colloidal oatmeal to be effective in reducing itching and inflammation during their eczema flare-ups.
If that wasn’t enough for this eczema-relieving body butter, 100% pure argan oil, squalane, shea butter and argan omega ceramide (a plant-based complex that moisturizes and protects the skin) are all part of the super soothing. equation too. “AArgan oil is rich in fatty acids and squalane,” says Dr. Nazarian. “Fatty acids are used to improve the skin barrier by supporting the waxy coating that healthy skin contains, and squalane is a natural substance that lubricates and moisturizes the skin.
After years of treating body eczema, the products Subramanian usually came into contact with were, well, boring and too sterile. “I’m tired of seeing really bland or medical brands on eczema products. I want the packaging to be attractive, stylish…and overall I feel good about it. ‘use this product,’ she says.
That’s exactly why she loves Josie Maran Body ButterThe minimalist, pale blue appeal of the shelf. “I used to neglect body care until I had to deal with a flare-up,” Subramanian said. “By using Josie Maran Body Butter, I can prevent these flare-ups while still feeling chic.” (It’s called taking care of yourself, y’all.)
Super soothing experience
“It sank into my skin very quickly and didn’t leave a greasy residue,” Subramanian said of his first impression. “It’s very important, especially during a flare – the last thing I want to do is keep rubbing…and cause further irritation.” Plus, with its thick yet absorbent texture and pearly white color, application is downright soothing on its own.
“My skin felt really soft, hydrated and overall healthier,” says Subramanian. “Winters can really dry out my skin, so the body butter brought back the moisture and strengthened my skin barrier, which I love.” Comfort your eczema-prone skin? To verify. Finding her new favorite form of self-care? Recheck.
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