Here is some nice zero waste natural skincare. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy & nursing. Avoid shea butter for latex allergies. Do a patch test, before using any of these lotions. Also see natural sun protection.
Bramble & Blossom Luxury Beauty Balm is made in Hertfordshire, and donates a portion of each sale to Tiggywinkles in Buckinghamshire, the world’s busiest wildlife hospital. Sold in a glass jar with metal lid, this little tub of nourishment is made from plant-based and biodegradable ingredients, and won’t harm aquatic life, as it washes off your skin, into the skin. These skin cleansers are made from natural biodegradable ingredients, in zero waste packaging. Use as:
- A hot cloth cleanser
- A skin moisturiser
- A wipe-off face mask
- A cuticle massager
- For chapped hands
One popular oil is jojoba, from a shrub and closest to human sebum (grease!) This discovery led it to replacing whale oil, which used to be used in skincare products. However, ambergris (‘whale vomit or poop, whoever you ask) is still used in many top brand perfumes. Years ago whales were hunted and the ambergris retrieved. Now whale hunting is illegal in most places, it’s all a bit clouded as to how it is harvested. Far better to use sustainable perfumes.
Zero Waste Skin Cleansers
These skin cleansers are made from natural biodegradable ingredients, in zero waste packaging.
Rose Clay Cleansing Balm is sold in a zero waste glass jar with aluminium lid. It melts into the skin to cleanse, remove grim and make-up, and leaves skin soft, without blocking pores or greasiness. Made with castor oil, clay, vitamin-rich plant oils and oils of rose absolute and rose geranium. Clay is used in beauty care to absorb impurities. The colour of the clay depends on the combination of iron oxides and algae or chlorophyll. Green clay is best for oily skin, if you have dry skin, you are better off going for pink clay (like with this cleanser).
Often the best cleansers are oils which help to lift away sebum, even on oily skin. Moksa Lavender Chamomile Cleansing Oil is a cleanser made with soothing essential oils, along with jojoba oil and bergamot.
Organic Quinoa Cleansing Grains are designed to stimulate your skin’s collagen, and help remove age spots. Contain buckwheat, British kaolin clay, lavender, calendula, chamomile, mint, melissa, marshmallow root, yarrow and red clover. Use once/twice weekly for sensitive skin. Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is a superfood in that it contains all the amino acid proteins, so it’s a great ingredient for vegans. However, it has a bitter coating that must be rinsed, then you kind of cook it like rice. Grown in the Andes, there has been a bit of controversy over worker welfare, so always buy Fair Trade. Recently, farmers have started to grow organic quinoa in Shropshire.
This facial wash with Fuller’s Earth gently exfoliates with sencha green tea and rice, and also has nourishing greens of wheatgrass and spirulina. Sold in a glass bottle with aluminium lid. The earth is a clay that can absorb excess oil, so this is an ideal wash for people with oily or acne-prone skin conditions. The name ‘Fuller’s Earth’ comes from its history. Years ago, the person working in a wool refinery was called a ‘fuller’, and would apply this to the wool, to remove excess oil and dirt.
This Healing Clay Facial Cleanser is sold in a glass jar, with metal lid. Handmade from white and green clays and black cumin oil (fights bacteria) and jojoba oil. Use once or twice a week, adding a teaspoon on your face, and massage in a circular motion. You can rinse immediately, or leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash off. You likely know that clay is used for beauty care. That’s because it’s great to absorb impurities, so great for oily skin. The colour of the clay depends on the combination of iron oxides and algae or chlorophyll. Green clay is best for oily skin, if you have dry skin, you are better off going for pink clay.
Zero Waste Skin Exfoliators
These skin exfoliators are all made from natural ingredients in zero waste packaging. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing. Avoid shea butter for latex allergies. Don’t use exfoliating soaps on broken or tender skin. These exfoliators are free from dead sea salts (the sea is dying). For health issues, talk to your doctor before using Epsom salts.
Paper Plane Solid Sugar Scrub Bar is made in Rutland (England’s smallest county). It features lavender and ylang ylang for a floral hint.
Coraleen Skincare Juniper & Orange Soap is an uplifting ‘gin and juice’ scent that contains a unique blend of organic moisture-rich extra virgin oils and butters, and their own hydro-distilled essential oils with finely ground organic juniper berries to remove dead skin cells. Ideal for oily or combination skin (not for direct use on the face, adults only).
Cinnamon and Almond Oat features a heady organic cinnamon aroma of Christmas leaves with leaf essential oil and powder from Sri Lanka, along with exfoliating Italian ground almonds and oats, to create a soap that smells like a winter festive bowl of porridge. Good for sensitive skin.
This exfoliating shower mitt is ideal to just use with soap. Handmade in England with ethically sourced cotton, this heavyweight shower glove works with your chosen soap. If you are looking for a natural exfoliator in the store, always look for ones that use natural ingredients made from ground nuts or fruits. Or if you want pure simplicity, just use an exfoliating mitt like this one, with standard vegan palm-oil free soap.
Do You Really Need a Toner?
Do you really need a toner? Do you think women in Hawaii or the Pacific (with beautiful skin) need them? The likely answer is no. A toner is used to ‘remove cleanser from your face’. But is that not what water is for? Toners claim to rebalance the skin’s PH, but a good cleanser should not send it out of whack anyway.
Toners are useful to dab away excess oil (for acne) or to make you feel refreshed or (try splashing your face with water?) Natural beauty expert Adina Grigore has lovely skin: she eats well, and does little else to her skin other than wash with water and occasionally use a toner or skin cream.
If you use toner, choose simple brands that are free from chemicals and animal ingredients. Use with reusable make-up rounds that you can pop in the washing machine. Do a patch test before use (dab a bit on wrist, inner elbow or behind ear, where skin is thinner) and leave for 48 hours.
- Haoma Organic Toner is a deeply nourishing organic blend of witch hazel and hemp oil, along with essential oils of geranium, frankincense, cypress and clary sage. Unlike harsh toners, this will leave your skin quenched of its thirst. You can recycle the plastic top with household waste recycling.
- Flawless Hydrating Toner is made with organic rose and lavender, to soothe sensitive skin, and contains a little witch hazel, but not too much. It’s sold in a glass bottle, and can also be bought as part of the Flawless Zero Waste Facial Set which contains a matching Micellar Water (a gentle cleanser with aloe vera and lavender) and 6 organic cotton reusable makeup remover pads, and a mesh cotton laundry bag.
- Conscious Skincare Lavender Toner is handmade in Wales, sold in an aluminium bottle and perfect for any skin, with anti-bacterial properties.
- Rosewater (or orange blossom water) is made by distilling flowers/fruits. Used also to flavour cakes & ice-cream.
- Witch hazel is from a native American herb, but on its own can be too harsh for many skins. It also does not help acne if used alone (which is caused by excess sebum from hormones or diet – you can’t cure acne by ‘drying up your skin’).
Zero Waste Skin Creams
Chandra Midnight Facial Oil is sold in a glass bottle with a metal lid (there is a pipette option for people with dexterity issues, but you don’t have to buy it if not needed). Ideal to repair dry skin, this nourishing oil gets to work while you sleep, helping to reduce inflammation, plump up skin and lighten dark circles around the eyes. It also contains skin-loving rosehip oil and scent of lavender.
Nara Facial Oil has woody fresh and spicy undertones, good for skin elasticity. Made with clary sage, mandarin and petitgrain, to reduce skin inflammation. Also includes rosehip, evening primrose and grapeseed oils, high in linoleic acid, to shield skin from free radicals and urban damage.
Balade en Provence Solid Day Cream is made in France from plant-based ingredients in zero waste packaging. With no palm oil, just cocoa butter to nourish.
Balade en Provence Solid Night Cream with Apricot Oil is made with just 4 ingredients (cocoa butter, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil and carnauba wax (some versions are unethical but this company carefully sources all ingredients), just slide over face to melt, store in cool dry place. Already used by over 72,000 people, some say it’s a miracle cream.
Upcircle Face Moisturiser is beautifully scented and made with cocoa butter, aloe vera and blood orange and discarded argan shells, from the oil industry.
Zero Waste Path Balm can be used on the lips, hands or body. Made with olive oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E, it comes in various scents. Zero Waste Path Solid Bar is a rich lotion in a bar. Just rub onto damp skin. Scented with citrus, floral or mulled orange and cinnamon.
MOKSA Wild Rose Facial Elixir contains oils of jojoba, baobab, sea buckthorn and rosehip, all known for their rejuvenating properties. Ideal for all skin types, rosehip oil promotes natural collagen production, and has excellent antioxidants properties. Sea buckthorn is a miracle berry with the highest amount of omega oils and minerals of any oil on earth, including the rare omega 7, which can help to heal skin after damage. To use, just gently massage a few drops onto freshly cleansed skin in the morning and before bed, being extra gentle around the delicate eye area. In two sizes, it’s sold in a glass bottle. To go 100% zero waste, go for the version with the aluminium cap.
Zero Waste Facial Masks
Did you know that those sheet masks sold in chemists are banned for sale at some online stores in South Korea, due to the chemicals they contain? Try these instead. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing. Avoid shea butter for latex allergies.
This powdered clay face mask in a tin is made in Scotland. Sold with a bamboo spoon, it’s handmade from organic ingredients. Just mix with water to make a mask. Choose from calming (chamomile, lavender, tea tree), antioxidant (clay, seaweed, green tea, peppermint, rosemary or brightening (not sensitive skin, with clay, pineapple and ground olive stones). Place bowl on stable surface away from pets and children.
This rose, hibiscus & pink clay face mask is made with medicinal flowers, fruit and clay. Ideal for dull skin, it features rosehip, hibiscus flower (not for pregnancy), French pink clay and rose geranium oil. Just add a teaspoon of powder to a small dish and trickle in a little warm water to activate. This mask is developed by a Kent herbalist and chemist, so you’re in safe hands. She also makes a nice set of healing oils in zero waste packaging, just follow the safety instructions for each one, in case of contraindications.
This facial steam of herbs & flowers uses hand-picked herbs, especially chosen for deep-down pore purification and cellular hydration. The herbs are available in two formulas:
- Dry Face Formula is to calm and nourish, soothe and repair. It’s also good to clear pores of bacteria, promote circulation and oxygenise dry skin.
- Oily Face Formula again is cleansing, and good to promote circulation in acne-prone skin.
To use, just add 1 or 2 teaspoons (or a small handful) of the botanical blend to a bowl, and cover with boiling water. Leave to cool slightly, and then place a towel over your head, to create a steam tent. Breathe deeply and enjoy the aromas for 5 to 15 minutes, allowing your mind to relax. Then just rinse your face with cool water, and strain the resulting tea to use for a nourishing bath soak. You can also use it instead of water for face masks or scrubs, or rinse your hair with it.
This mask is developed by a Kent herbalist and chemist, so you’re in safe hands. She also makes a nice set of healing oils in zero waste packaging, just follow the safety instructions for each one, in case of contraindications.
Soothe Face Mask (East Sussex) is made with softening French pink clay and organic rosehip powder, to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. It contains organic lavender and chamomile to calm and soothe inflamed skin, with frankincense to brighten the complexion. Created by a qualified aromatherapist in a rural workshop, in a glass jar.
Mouse-Friendly Alternatives to Botox
These mouse-friendly alternatives to Botox can help to smooth out lines, without harming little cutie mice. This is because as a medical product, Botox is exempt from the animal-testing ban (by law, each fresh batch is tested on mice). It’s also expensive, hurts and makes your face look frozen. The other choice is to love yourself as you are. But if you are bothered by wrinkles, here are ethical alternatives that mice will thank you for!
Face Workouts for Beginners offers simple exercises without equipment, to maintain firm skin and reduce deep lines, sagging tin and tired appearance.
Also read Yoga to the Rescue: Ageless Beauty. This beautiful and funny book includes beauty yoga poses, including eye exercises, and tips to make you beautiful within, which makes you beautiful without!
- Upcircle Organic Face Serum is made with coffee grounds, from London cafes. It also contains jojoba, sea buckthorn and rosehip (to reduce irritation & age spots) and is scented with oils of geranium, rose & lemon. Pop the lid in your recycling bag, save the dropper and order a refill aluminium cap.
- Cosmetic acupuncture is safer than Botox. If you can’t find or afford it, read Your Best Face Now, a 20-day acupressure course by a beautician.
- Essentially Yours is a beauty brand founded by this 64-year old woman, who has never used Botox. These oils can look after skin naturally.
- Biotulin (Germany) is a fragrance-free vegan gel, made with local anaesthetic extracted from Acmella Oleracea. With no side effects, it’s sold (no prescription) at registered pharmacies (one drop leaves skin firmer for up to 24 hours).
- Frownies are facial patches to stick on your skin, using corn-based adhesive. Used by Hollywood stars for decades, these are made from kraft paper. They give a temporary fix to fix muscles in place for the eyebrows and under the eyes (lasts a few hours).
Face Fitness is a book of simple exercises for glowing skin. No need for mouse-tested Botox these exercises will offer the same results, no equipment or products needed. Author Patricia San Pedro is a skin beauty vlogger who specialises in self-care workshops. The how-to illustrations include 50 easy exercises including
- Lip Plump
- Bright Eyes
- Jawline Squeeze
- Cheek Squeeze
Zero Waste Hand Creams
The best zero waste skin oils are made with plant-based, biodegradable materials and sold in zero waste packaging. Often you don’t even need a skin cream if you have oily skin. But if you do, here are some of the better brands. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing, avoid shea butter for latex allergies.
Corinne Taylor Hand & Body Balm is sold in a glass jar; cocoa butter, candelilla wax and oils of hemp, jojoba and sunflower, with healing calendula and oils of lavender, frankincense, patchouli and chamomile. Jojoba oil comes from a shrub, and is the closest oil to human sebum, which is why it’s used so much in beauty care. Avoid the Restore version for high blood pressure, due to rosemary oil.
This discovery led it to replacing whale oil, which used to be used in skincare products. However, ambergris (‘whale vomit or poop’, whoever you ask) is still used in many top brand perfumes. Years ago whales were hunted and the ambergris retrieved. Now whale hunting is illegal in most places, it’s all a bit clouded as to how it is harvested. Far better to use the search box on this site, to find nice whale-friendly scents.
Do You Really Need a Lip Balm?
Do you really need a lip balm? Millions of people use them, but often dry lips are caused by factors that you can solve yourself. Drink more water, eat hydrating foods (like fruit) and use good sun protection advice. Licking your lips, cold weather and spicy food can also all cause dry lips.
- If using lip balm with sun protection, most natural ones are made with zinc oxide. This must never be used on pets (say on noses) nor let them lick your face/lips after use, as it’s very toxic to them.
- Dermatologist Clay J Cockerell MD says if dry lips are not caused by a medical condition, the condition is nearly always caused by windy weather. Lips have thin skin, so when exposed to the cold, can be easily damaged.
- Dermatologist Melissa Piliang MD says to get out of the habit of licking your lips, as saliva will makes them dryer. Don’t scrub loose flaked skin with a toothbrush, and avoid lip balms with camphor, menthol or eucalyptus if your lips are sensitive.
- Most lip balms are made with petroleum jelly, which means any ingested is akin to you drinking petrol (gas). So look for plant-based (no beeswax) versions with vegetable oils
- Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing). Also keep sweet-smelling lip balms (like chocolate) away from pets and children, who may think they are food.
All these lips are made from plant-based biodegradable ingredients, and packed in zero waste packaging like tins or glass jars, rather than plastic tubes.
Blushberry Botanicals Lip Butters are made in Scotland, sold in pretty zero waste tins. These are made with organic coconut butter, shea butter and coconut oil, in slide tins. Choose from unflavoured, citrus burst or minty fresh There are chocolate versions too, keep well away from pets and young children.
Bramble & Blossom Lip Balm is made in Hertfordshire, and sold in 3 flavours (sweet orange, iced mint or unscented).Made with organic coconut oil, sales help Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital.
Corinne Taylor Organic Lip Balm is sold in a glass jar with a metal lid, formulated by a qualified aromatherapist. It’s made with hydrating cocoa butter and candelilla wax, with organic vitamin-rich jojoba and castor oils, and a blend of organic rose geranium and mandarin essential oils.
Fun Facts About Your Lips
- Before lip balm was invented, one ‘frugal housewife’ suggested using ear wax! Ugh!
- The first lip balm was invented by doctor Charles Brown Fleet, but a resident bought the formula, and turned it into ‘chapstick’.
- Just like fingerprints, your lips are unique.
- While the skin on your face is around 16 layers thick, the skin on your lips is only around 3 layers. That’s why they are pink, because unlike facial skin, your blood is showing through.
- As we get older, our lips get thinner. Unless of course you end up plumping them up with Botox (don’t do this: each fresh batch is tested on mice, and it’s a poison that will stop your face making expressions).
- Because your lips have no sweat glands, you can never get a spot or pimple on them.
- Nifty Cup is a great invention that costs just $1. It enables babies with cleft lip in developing countries, to lap breast milk, so they don’t have to take formula. It has saved many lives.
Never kiss a baby if you have a cold sore, as it can cause neonatal herpes, which is very dangerous. Also don’t share towels, cutlery, lipstick etc.
A tingling burning mark on your lip may be a cold sore. It often causes a fluid-filled blister. Most are harmless and clear up on their own in around 10 days. But they are contagious, so don’t go kissing anyone Salty and acid foods will make it worse.
Zero waste body Butters
These body butters are extra rich for dry skin. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and avoid shea butter for latex allergies.
Reconnection Skincare Body Butter is a luxurious moisturiser made with unrefined African oils, and organic revitalising ingredients. With a scent of orange, cinnamon and palmarosa, it will soothe and nourish dry skin with mafura and shea butters, baobab oil and regenerative pomegranate seed oil. It melts at the touch of your fingertips, to easily rub into skin. Avoid for nut and seed allergies, do not use for eczema or similar.
Blushberry Botanicals Organic Body Butter Bar is ideal for dry skin, made with African shea butter to heal itchy skin.
Baburu & Blake Body Balm (Surrey) is formulated with natural plant butters, stored in a zero waste tin. The ingredients include mango butter, avocado oil, sweet almond oil and candelilla wax. In lavender peppermint or sweet orange juniper berry.
How to (naturally) Treat Eczema
This post is about helping to reduce mild eczema. If you spend 24/7 itching and have a serious issue, obviously talk to your doctor. A better option to ‘alternative medicine’ is ‘integrated medicine’. This means using conventional medicine when needed, but using nature to heal in milder cases, where some ‘dinosaur doctors’ or chemists would otherwise just prescribe steroid creams for you, and send you on your way.
Atopic eczema (its proper name is atopic dermatitis) is when the skin is dry with cracks, and also itchy. It’s very common in children, although it can sometimes disappear of its own accord, as children turn into adults. Mild eczema results in red patches on light skin (or brown, purple or grey patches on darker skin). It is common found on the hands, elbows, knees, and sometimes on the face and head (esp. in children). Often children with asthma or hay fever are more severely affected.
What causes eczema? It can often be allergies and food intolerance (like dairy), soaps/laundry powders, stress and weather changes. Psoriasis is similar, but less common, just 2% of people have it, mostly people under 35. This is when the dry patches turn into ‘silvery scales’ caused by skin cells rapidly replacing every few days, rather than every few weeks. This is more an immunity issue, where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells. It is usually genetic but can be caused by injury, illness or medication. Although it may look contagious, it isn’t. UV light is sometimes used to try to control and improve it.
Rosacea is a condition that causes redness on the face and sometimes stings if you use personal care products. Harder to see on darker skin, it has in severe cases pustules on the face, and blood vessels that don’t disappear. Very severe cases is when the nose becomes thick, red and bulbous. Try to reduce alcohol, caffeine, hot drinks, cheese and spicy food. Exercise in cool weather and wear a good natural sunscreen.
Keratitis is a serious inflamed condition that some mistake for rosacea. If you have painful/blurred vision, red gritty eyes or are sensitive to light, immediately call for medical help.
Protect Skin from the Sun
As long as you’re sensible about it and use a good natural sunscreen, a bit of natural sunlight (for vitamin D) is good and can sometimes help flare-ups. Obviously be very careful with babies, to keep them safe in the sun.
NHS has tips to keep babies safe in the sun. Keep babies out of direct sunlight and use a sunshade and apply a safe baby sunscreen, and use a sunhat with a wide brim or long flap on the back, to protect heads and necks. Inside or outside, remove extra hats and clothing when going into warm places (even if it means waking babies) to help prevent risk of crib death. And use a room thermometer to check for safe temperatures.
Get Enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an important vitamin, but too much can cause nausea, vomiting, weakness, frequent urination, bone pain and kidney stones. Most people get enough vitamin D from sunlight in summer but not in winter. And people who cover their hands and face (like some Muslims) and people who don’t go outside also need it (the millions of people who have been shielding would need it, for instance).
NHS recommends taking a supplement in these cases and during winter months. Talk to your midwife or GP, regards pregnancy, babies and children as most need supplements. Vitamin D is only found in a few (animal) foods. So choose fortified plant milks and cereals, and use a good D2 supplement (made from algae, not sheep’s wool). Two good ones are Feel and Life Stacks (both in compostable packaging). Vegums offers fruity gums for adults and children, including plant-based omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for dry skin.
Gentle Soap, Gentle Laundry Powder
Coraleen Soap (Berkshire) was founded after the couple’s baby was born with Down Syndrome and 2 holes in her heart. Now happily better, they did find that her skin could not take any conventional soap, so they started to make their own. Their unscented chamomile yarrow soap and nettle calendula soap are the gentlest in their range, and what they used on their own child (not eczema, but very sensitive skin). All their soaps are vegan and free from palm oil, wrapped in zero waste packaging.
Bio-D Laundry Powder is not just biodegradable, but also free from scents and irritants, and sold in a brown paper bag. Laundry detergents are a common trigger for eczema and sensitive skin.
Use a Good Skin Cream
A good moisturiser is essential. But most conventional ones contain chemicals that are likely to make things worse. Be careful with allergies (always do a patch test (on the inside elbow or behind the ear). Some choices are:
- Vital Touch Natalia Healing Cream is a pot of baby cream in a jar, made just with shea butter (avoid for latex allergies), olive oil, vitamin E and calendula flower extract. Many say that if they apply it on ‘rash skin’ the night before, it’s gone by morning using this.
- Elena’s Nature Collection offers vegan-friendly eczema creams with over 80% success. These are available on NHS prescription, just ask your GP if they work after a few weeks. They have a GP Information Pack that you can order from them, to take with you on your visit.
- Coconut oil is a good choice. Kokosa is a good brand for babies. The lauric acid (also found in breast milk) can help some people. However some people are allergic to coconut oil, it’s classified as a tree nut.
- Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream is a waterless cream in a glass jar, made with Somerset herbs and essential oils (not for children under 3 or nut/aster allergies). Also suitable for mild rosacea, acne and psoriasis (and healing of bites, surgery or chemo/radiation therapy), it contains gamma linolenic acid (often lacking in people with eczema). This product has no preservative so won’t kill bacteria, so don’t use on broken skin nor on children.
- Frogleaf Cream has been developed by homeopathic practitioners in Sussex and London, and has been used for years on their patients, also sold online. It’s made with coconut oil and cocoa butter with various flower extracts and oils of lavender, rose and calendula flowers (avoid essential oils for pregnancy, nursing, babies or allergies).
- Bria Organics offers skin creams that are suitable for eczema, along with other creams for psoriasis and rosacea. In the midst of applying to be available on NHS prescription, note the creams are vegan-friendly but the balms are not (contain beeswax).
Tips to Help People with Eczema
- Showers are better than baths. Avoid fragranced bath oils. Also avoid bath salts, esp. on broken skin. Use natural towels, and dab skin (don’t rub yourself dry).
- Wear natural fabrics like cotton or hemp or linen. Avoid polyester or itchy fabrics like wool.
- Organic cotton eczema clothing is free from itchy seams and available as nightwear, scratch mittens and school uniforms. Recommended by a dermatologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
- Take up some form of relaxation. This could be yoga, meditation, taking a walk in nature, walks in nature or anything that works for you. Just think ‘what makes my blood pressure go down and relaxes me?’ Whatever that is, do it!
- Cut down on refined sugar and fried foods.
- Eczema Conquerors is a site by a woman who overcame severe eczema with nutrition changes. You can find tips, case studies and download her free e-book. It took around 2 months, but the basic premise was to eliminate processed foods, sugar and wheat and increase her intake of veggies, fruits, whole grains and superfoods. In one year her skin had healed around 90% and it took another year to heal the remaining 10%.
- Ayurveda is the world’s oldest forms of medicine that says we are a mix of three doshas: vata (mostly air), pitta (mostly fire) or kapha (earth and water). Although some eczema is caused by stress (air), itchy hot eczema is due to aggravated pitta. Ayurvedic doctors suggest following a ‘cooling lifestyle’ – early morning or evening walks, go for a swim (if the pool doesn’t aggravate your skin), eat cooling foods (cucumber over curry!) and learn to relax.