Suggested Moisturizers and Soaps

When looking for what to put on your skin you want to look for products with the least amount of ingredients and you want them to be all natural.  Having products with artificial ingredients and preservatives are toxic and are just as bad as putting steroidal creams on your skin.  Products that are all natural with minimal processing are full of nutrients and enzymes which are needed to heal the skin and rejuvenate the cells.  A good rule is “if you essentially can eat it, you can put it on your skin!”  What I have found to work wonderfully on my skin is organic unrefined shea butter, organic extra virgin coconut oil and african black soap.

Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the African shea tree and can come in an ivory or slightly yellowish color.  It’s full of vitamins A, E and F and has amazing healing and hydrating properties.  Shea butter works to keep moisture in, make the skin more pliable and soft, can be used as sunblock, and has anti-inflammatory properties.  It is also an antiseptic which makes it great to use for burns and minor skin abrasions.  It prevents fine lines and wrinkles, and minimizes scars and stretch marks.  When purchasing shea butter, look for a grade A product which is raw or unrefined; only extracted by using water. Click HERE for the referral link to the high quality, organic, fair trade shea butter that I love and use!

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is a natural, edible fat that is extracted from the cocoa bean and has been used for centuries in folk remedies for skin problems. Called “theobroma” or “food of the gods,” the major producers of cocoa butter are located in West Africa.  The Ivory Coast produces approximately 43% of the world’s cocoa.  Cocoa butter has a heavenly chocolaty scent, and wonderful antioxidant properties, due to tocopherols as well as certain polyphenols that suppress free radicals and soothe skin irritation like eczema.  These free radicals causes stress on the skin, which creates wrinkles and premature aging.  Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids and hydrates the skin deeply, leaving the skin intensely moisturized.  This wonderful butter is also well known to help reduce stretch marks.  Look for raw, organic, unrefined cocoa butter, this way you know you are getting the highest quality out there! Click HERE for the referral link to the high quality, organic, fair trade cocoa butter that I love and use!

Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil

Organic extra virgin coconut oil is an amazing healing oil because it moisturizes deeply, has vitamin E in it, is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antivirus, anti-fungal and rich in antioxidants. The coconut provides a very unique type of oil, made of several ingredients including medium chain fatty acids, lauric acid (found in mother’s breast milk used to fight off infections for infants) and saturated fat.  Coconut oil is wonderful in treating dry, flakey skin and helps to prevent premature aging and degenerative diseases due to it’s high antioxidant content.  I use coconut oil in my scalp as well as my hair and for my skin.  Sometimes I use a thin layer of it (and add more if need be after it has been absorbed), or I will mix it with the shea butter so that it’s a thin consistency and let it absorb into my skin.  Look for key words like raw, organic, cold pressed and extra virgin when purchasing your oil so that you know you have the best product to put on your skin.  Make sure that you store it in a dark cool place so that it can retain all of its wonderful nutrients!

Micro algae antioxidant lotion  is packed with healing ingredients such as:  Organic Micro algae, organic aloe vera water, organic virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, Beta Glucan, neem oil, rosemary oil & lemon peel oil. To see more nutritional info on the organic blue green micro algae click HERE. This antioxidant lotion has been a game changer for me as well as my clients!  It goes on silky smooth and instantly locks in the moisture.  It doesn’t leave me itchy once I put it on and it’s actually very soothing and cooling.  It has even been minimizing the thickness on my feet, and I know that will take a while to smooth out.  This lotion is also known to help with the discolouration and evening out the skin tone.  If you are interested in this lotion, you can purchase it HERE at my personal store site (and help my small business!). You can also send me an email at eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com and I can send you more info about it and the other products I sell as well!

feb 2015 feet collage

 

A few of my client’s testimonials of using this product.  These photos are within ONE WEEK of using!

“I Rachel's testimonial don’t think I can sum up in words how thankful I am for this micro algae lotion. It’s like amazing, nutritious velvety gold for the skin. I’m one of those people who would read all these online testimonies people would write about various products helping their eczema and I would think “why isn’t anything helping me?!” I’m being honest when I say with the thousands of dollars I spent on creams and potions for my skin, nothing helped my eczema or ever made me feel truly moisturized without a sticky residue or further itchiness. When Jen recommended I try this lotion, I really didn’t think anything of it, I thought it’d just be another lotion to add to my stash of things I try to keep the painful cracking skin under control. Boy was I wrong. I’ll just say my skin hasn’t been the same since. Although It didn’t CURE my eczema by any means, it has moisturized, soothed it, cleared it and keeps the pain and miserable dry/cracked mess away. I keep one in my bathroom, one at my bedside, one where I sit by the computer and I bring it with me wherever I go. I truly hope others find the relief I have found with this micro algae lotion.” -Rachel

thaopics

“The lotion was very easy to apply and made my skin feel moisturized but not sticky, which is great because I hate the sticky and wet feeling on my skin and clothes. I also have my kids using it and their skin looks softer lately. I notice my arms/wrists have a more youthful and glowing appearance where I applied the lotion. I definitely recommend this for anyone with eczema or just dry skin!” -Thao
 “When I tell you this micro algae lotion is magnificent, it is the best! My skin feels so soft and smooth that the dark patches on my skin are almost gone. It is amazing results and I conquer this goal by sticking with TSW. I only use natural products on my face and body. I got this lotion April 1st, 2017 and started using it the next day. I can tell you, this product can help anybody who has eczema. I highly recommend this lotion, and give it 5 stars!” -Sheniqua

 

 

 

Essential Oils I LOVE essential oils! I can’t speak enough about how awesome they are and how many healing properties they have! You can click on the link for these blog posts I did to get more information on just why I’m crazy for them 🙂 You can also purchase the high quality, 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils that I use & sell HERE . They are never, ever diluted, with zero fillers, dyes, preservatives and come for the first distillation process which guarantees the highest of quality. If you have more questions about the eo brand that I use and sell, feel free to email me: eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com and make sure to check out info on the processing and sustainable and fair trade practices of this company that I work with here: SourceToYou

My DIY Essential Oil Cream

My DIY Essential Oil Lotion

Using Helichrysum Essential Oil

 

Balms and Bath Soaks such as Abby‘s Conqueror Soothing Dry Skin Balm and her Soothing Bath Soak can be very effective in helping the skin heal from eczema as well. I love to switch up my moisturizers (so my skin can get great nutrients from various natural emollients) and I love to use the balm especially on my face to keep it well hydrated and soft, plus it just smells divine! A little goes a long way as well with this product which I really love. I love to soak (especially my feet) in her bath soak because it always leaves my skin smooth, soothed and like the moisture is automatically sealed in! To check out more info on her Conqueror Soothing Dry Skin Balm and how to purchase, click HERE and to check our more info on her Calming Bath Treatment and how to purchase, click HERE

African Black Soap
African Black Soap

African black soap is made from the leaves and bark of palm trees, shea trees, plantains and cocoa pods which are then turned into ash.  Water, aloe vera, palm kernel oil and coconut oils are also added to the soap.  The plantain ash makes this soap full of iron and vitamins A and E. Black soap has a great earthy scent, nd is a natural exfoliant; eliminating impurities and flakes, making your skin soft.  This soap has been historically used in African villages for daily cleansing, reliving the skin of irritations such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, allergic reactions and rashes.  It lathers up wonderfully and helps with dandruff, dry itchy skin, and body odor.

I also like to use Dr.Bronner’s organic soap as it is quite gentle on the skin, leaves it feeling hydrated and smooth. The unscented bar is great for very sensitive skin and the peppermint bar leaves the skin tingly which is great for calming the nerves. The cooling feeling that the peppermint bar leaves is good for the itch too.

 I’ve been loving the handcrafted artisan soaps from Earth Soap Co. lately! My top faves are the activated charcoal, neem soap, baby bastille and naked soap. They all have lovely, natural scents and with it’s high moisture content it always leaves my skin feeling lovely and hydrated afterward. Their calendula salve is great too for weathered hands, cracks and super dry areas. Make sure to check them out HERE and tell them Eczema Holistic Healing sent you!

Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Shampoo & Conditioner
Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Shampoo & Conditioner

*I also use a black soap shampoo and conditioner from this brand called Shea Moisture.  Their ingredients are all organic, natural, and smell wonderful!  This product has really helped with the flaking and itching that I would experience on my scalp.

Maple Holistics Tea Tree is a great Shampoo for itchy scalps, Check out more info on it in my blog post HERE.

*The shea butter and black soap that I use are purchased from the site: Cleopatra’s Choice.  The shea butter and black soap are fair trade which means that the women in Africa who make these products are given a fair wage and are able to support their families, build businesses and live a more abundant life. Their site is pretty awesome because with every purchase you gain points that turn into discounts for future purchases… such a win win!  If you are interested in buying from them you can use this referral code ( RAGQFG ) .

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