Skin Care Regimen: Eczema

Severe dry skin is known as atopic dermatitis. “Atopic” is a group of diseases that are related to the immune system. “Dermatitis” is when the skin is inflamed. Many refer to it commonly as eczema. Symptoms of eczema include:

  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Red to brownish-gray patches
  • Thickened, cracked, scaly skin
  • Raw, sensitive, swollen skin

On melanated skin, eczema causes darker brown, purple, or gray-colored patches. On white and lighter skin, the areas are raised red patches. The affected areas may be swollen, itchy, dry, or scaly. When inflamed, people rub and scratch the area. This causes the skin to thicken, become more agitated, and in severe cases bleeding. If untreated the areas can become infected or develop bumps. After a flare-up, the skin pigmentation is different than usual.

With proper treatment, a great regimen, and patience, the skin color will normalize. Recognizing the conditions in your skin will be especially helpful when figuring out a skin regimen that works for you. It’s important to try various treatments to manage the skin condition. Once you figure out something that works, stick with it!

Bath Time. When washing decide on which method you want to use. Showers are nice and efficient. Baths are great when you need to infuse your skin with nutrients. In baths, add uncooked oatmeal, colloidal oatmeal, or baking soda to the water. It’s best to soak for at least 10 minutes. Don’t use water that is too hot or cold on your skin. Try using our Oatmeal & Milk Bath Soak when the skin is super itchy or inflamed. If the skin is crusty, this is a great time to lightly exfoliate the air to remove the cracked skin.

When talking about washing, make sure you’re using mild soaps that have little to no perfumes. If used, these sprays should be on fabric, not skin. Ensure that there isn’t any ingredient that is too strong that could cause further irritation. Some of our soaps are specially made to moisturize the skin. Check out one of our oatmeal bars Forever Young, Wild Oats, or Asana Bright. We also have bar soap that utilizes the healing power of neem; Roots & Fruits and Sea Foam Bliss.

Moisturize your skin twice a day. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin or multiple skin issues that you want to work on, discover a moisturizer that works well for you. This could be a combination of oils, creams, body butter, and sprays. You want one that going to keep your skin feeling supple and smooth for a long time. It’s best to moisturize directly after bath/shower time. Oils and body butter help lock in hydration into the skin.

Nearly all of our body butters are safe to use on the skin, but there are several people with eczema should avoid. Try our Original Body Butter, Lazar Souffle, Apple Mango Body Butter, Eczema Care Cream, or Whipped Cocoa Butter. For those looking to add extra moisture to their skin, try our Hyaluronic Acid Serum for an increase in moisture. Use a body butter afterward to ensure the moisture is sealed into your skin. Our Peppermint and Lavender, Cinnamon and Honey, and Golden Sky should be avoided to prevent harsh reactions or unpleasant burning.

Don’t scratch. Having dry skin can be very itchy. It makes people want to scratch in the affected area, making it worse. Many times when the skin is scratched too much, it causes wounds and scars to occur. It may help to cover the area with a bandage or wet wrapping to prevent direct damage to the affected skin. Tea Tree Oil is especially helpful as an anti-bacterial and reducing the itchiness.

Infuse the air. Use a humidifier to infuse the air with moisture and even use your favorite essential oils for added ambiance. Dry air can affect skin to make conditions more troublesome.

Know what makes you tick. Begin to recognize what things make your skin feel worse. Certain activities such as sweating and stress can cause flares. Outside factors like soaps, detergents, pollen, certain foods, and more may cause outbreaks as well. Once you recognize something can be a trigger, move away from it.

It’s helpful to consult with a doctor as well to see what other options are available like medicated ointments, steroids, phototherapy, and more. This could be helpful, but we’ve found that “prescription” medicine is expensive and destructive to our skin in the long term.  Our skin is important. It’s the first thing that many people see (and idolize). Don’t let Eczema control your self-esteem.

Remember:

  • Identify and avoid skin irritants
  • Stay out of extreme temperatures
  • Keep the skin moisturized

Dry skin sucks. Stay moisturized with Zambo Aroma.

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Achieving a Perfect Bath

Sometimes you need to soak in a bath to ease your muscles. Get rid of tension and refresh your senses in the perfect bath. While running the water and sitting in it is important, that’s not how you achieve the perfect bath experience. Here are several things that you can do to maximize your bath-time to make it a perfect experience every time.

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Clean your bath room. Nothing is more disgusting or upsetting when you sit down in the tub and notice dirt, grim, and mold in places. Make sure your tub, floor, and other surfaces are clean. Pick up toiletries and other garbage in the area. Cleanliness is important in the immediate area.

Set the mood. Light a candle, incense, or spray some air freshener to cleanse the air. These items help ease the sense using aromatherapeutic scents. Set the atmosphere to fit the feeling of your mood. Scented candles are a great source of calming the nasal and visual senses.

Turn on the tunes. Begin your audio therapy to achieve a relaxed state-of-mind. Play music that helps you feel stress-free. Find your happy medium whether it’s calming ambient, soothing nature sounds, or soft jazz. Make sure whatever music that is played will make you relaxed. If you are constantly surrounded by noise, having no music on can be a calming experience as well.

Start the water and infuse it. Monitor the temperature to ensure the water isn’t too cold or scalding hot. You’ll want it to be more of the hotter side though to allow you to sit before feeling cold. Add your desired bath products to infuse the water with body-loving nutrients. Epson salts and soaks are great for longer, deep muscle soaking. Bath bombs add aromatherapeutic scents to your bath. Vitamin oils and essential aroma oils boost the moisturization of your skin. Adding dry herbs to your bath water is the same as seeping tea bags. Liquid soap in the form of bubble bath provides visually soothing cleansing aids. Decide on what works for you.

Soak, scrub, and lather. When you dip into the water, be prepared to indulge in your relaxing moment. Immerse yourself in the water and begin to soothe your skin. After soaking for some time, begin your scrubbing of dead skin. Make sure you take time to be as through as you need to be. Use your bar or liquid soap to clean your skin. Lather the soap to your desired amount and work your way over your body. You may use various scrubbing agents like towels, sponges, brushes, loofahs, and more.

Rinse and dry. Don’t rush your bath by speeding through the last moments. Some people may run fresh water to rinse while others might turn on the shower to rinse. Just don’t startle yourself with a drastic temperature change. After you’ve rinsed, towel dry. Make sure you pat dry your body without completely drying your skin.

Soothe and Moisturize. Moisturize while your skin is damp. Waiting too long to apply reduces the amount of hydration that is trapped in your skin. Use your favorite product to have your skin feeling smooth and smelling great. Lotions, body butters, crèmes, and oils are all wonderful to use during this time depending on what you want.

 

A relaxing bath is a powerful emotion that can care your mood throughout the day and night. Leaving the bathroom doesn’t mean that you have to leave the calm mind behind. Try to stay relaxed as your go into your next task. To keep your aromatic calm heightened, light a candle, incense, or aroma room freshener. The power of a relaxing bath doesn’t’ just clean your body, it calms your mind and eases your spirit too. Explore your bath time to achieve new heights of relaxing aromatherapeutic pleasure.

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Three Important Steps to Healthy Skin

It’s incredibly important to take care of your skin. It’s one of the first signs to show the signs of fatigue or aging. Whether it’s preventative, the quest to look younger, or general upkeep, there are three important steps you can take to attain healthy skin. Ultimately you should be cleaning, scrubbing, and moisturizing your skin. Lacking in one area can cause your skin to have sensitivity issues.

 

Cleaning

Cleaning your skin is a very important process in the quest to have healthy skin. Throughout the day, we come into contact with a lot of bacteria, dust, chemicals, and other foreign agents. Once on your skin, these foreign agents can cause havoc on your external and internal health. Bacteria that grows on your skin will clog pores and cause other skin sensitivities to occur. Dirt blocks your pores as well making it harder for your skin to release toxins. That buildup may happen in the form of acne. Free radicals in the environment break down our skin and other bodily cells to prevent them from working as possible. Cleaning your skin ensures that you remove as much harmful skin agents.

 

Exfoliating

A lot of our bathing habits is about removing dead skin from our body. Many people want smooth, soft skin that has little to no blemishes. There are many towels, scrubs, sponges, and more on the market that help exfoliate your skin to leave it feeling soft.

Body scrubs are a great method of exfoliating because they remove dead skin and moisturize at the same time. Regardless of the scrub being sugar, salt, or oil-based, body scrubs can be a great asset in keeping your skin smooth. Make sure your body scrub has vitamins, minerals, or other nutritional oils in it to ensure your skin has everything possible to be healthy. The smooth, revitalized skin you achieve from exfoliating with body scrubs are amazing. Whether you’re combating dry skin, wrinkles, toning, or cracked skin, exfoliating with body scrubs will alleviate and prevent those problems.

 

Moisturizing

Moisturizers keep the skin soft and hydrated for long periods of time. Depending on the type of moisturizer used, the effects may be more exaggerated. It’s important to constantly keep your skin moisturized with lotions, body butters, creams, and oils. These semi-solids to liquids will aid in the repairing functions of the skin by adding nutrients to the skin and bloodstream.

There are several variables to consider when choosing the best moisturizer. First, ensure that it has essential vitamins and minerals that can be helpful for your skin to heal and maintain itself. You want to make sure that the moisturizer isn’t too heavy or light on your skin. Certain heavier oils may leave your skin feeling gooey and super shiny. Other oils may require multiple applications throughout the day or can even make your skin feel drier. Consider the longevity of moisturizers. Some oils and butters absorb faster into the skin than others. Will you have to reapply the moisturizer every couple of hours or once a day? Find a moisturizer that is going to work for your skin type.

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Achieving smooth, clear skin doesn’t have to be a nightmare. It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg either. Achieving and maintaining healthy skin is an important aspect of self-care. At Zambo Aroma, we care about the state of your skin and how you feel about it. We want you to have wonderful glowing skin, even tone, and a bright smile! Discover the various natural products we have to increase the overall well-being of you (and those around you).

Discover Our Ingredients: Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil comes from the pressed seeds of grapes. The oil is a by-product of the wine making process. It’s known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. These properties, along with the high amounts of omega chain fatty acids and vitamins, make it an effective agent on skin.

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The oil helps prevents acne breakouts due to its antimicrobial properties. It also helps make the skin softer and more elastic. Because of the presence of vitamins C, D, E, and K, it helps reduce the appearance of skin wrinkles, scars, and dark circles under your eyes. The oil acts as a moisturizer to balance dry patches or oily skin. When used as a toner, grapeseed oil penetrates the pores to help clean the skin. This can greatly help against the occurrence of acne breakouts.

Grapeseed oil has a strong antioxidant called proanthocyanin. This antioxidant helps even out skin tones when you use it often. It improves symptoms of hyper-pigmentation. The oil is also known to protect your skin from some of the harsh ultra-violet rays of the sun.

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• Rich in vitamins
• Antioxidants and antibacterial
• Moisturizer

We enjoy the benefits of grapeseed oil, check out all of the products that contain it.