Winter is hard on skin, especially if you have a vulnerability to eczema, dermatitis, or dry chapped skin. The cold, dry outdoor air and indoor heating can all increase the symptoms of eczema and dry skin. Don't despair!
We have such a great range of skin loving, gentle products to bestow moisture and protect skin from the harsh winter air. Regardless of if you have normal skin and just want to ensure that you keep your glow all winter long, or if you have sensitive, eczema prone skin in your family, we are here to help ensure that winter doesn't damage your skin.
Eczema or atopic dermatitis often becomes more severe in winter as skin dries out and becomes more vulnerable. Most children with eczema find winter the hardest and their wee bodies deserve some loving care and help fighting back. If you know the Frankie Story, you know that nothing motivates us more than helping children with eczema!
- Avoid rapid changes in temperature. wear layers - rug up to go out, cool off when you come in, and remove any damp clothing right away to avoid wetness or sweat against the skin.
- A humidifier can help to prevent air becoming dry through heating inside the home.
- Vitamin D supplements may help reduce the symptoms of eczema in winter when we are not getting Vitamin D from the sun.
- Avoid harsh soaps and excessive handwashing, and apply Kawakawa Balm or Body Oil after washing hands to replace the protective skin barrier.
- Drink plenty of water! It's easier to forget in winter, but internal hydration helps keep skin hydrated too.
- An effective natural skin barrier is key to preventing eczema flare ups. Keep your Kawakawa Balm on hand to apply when needed to ensure your skin stays supple and moisturised.
- Enjoy a warm (but not really hot) bath with Colloidal Oat Soak or natural Epsom Salts in it.
- Apply Kawakawa Body Oil while your skin is still slightly damp after towel drying to seal in moisture.
- Read up on Eczema Triggers and try to eliminate these, especially during winter when skin is extra vulnerable to eczema.
Dry skin becomes itchy, often without a visible rash. Symptoms normally worsen in winter and are more frequent in older people. Winter Itch can be aggravated by air conditioning, or scratchy or woollen clothing - and is often mistaken for dermatitis once the itch causes scratching and broken skin.
- Bathe in warm water before bedtime. Colloidal Oat Soak or natural Epsom Salts can be added to the bath.
- The key to relief is a skin softening moisturiser, so apply Kawakawa Body Oil after your bath or any time your skin feels itchy or dry. If you need more relief Kawakawa Balm may be useful.
- Wear lightweight natural fabrics like silk, linen and muslin.
Normal Winter Skin Care
Protect healthy skin and keep the skin of your face and body radiant and protected with our Frankie beauty products.
- Apply Replenishing Kakadu C Facial Oil for glowing winter skin - the antioxidant boost along with super soothing botanicals will ensure fresh, protected skin through the darker days of winter.
- Take Lip Therapy with you to prevent chapped winter lips and for a pretty spearmint scented shine.
- Smooth Kawakawa Body Oil onto legs and arms daily after your shower for a light fresh scent and supple, heathy skin all over.
At Frankie Apothecary we are so inspired by the beautiful native ngahere - in particular the pretty Kawakawa shrub which has been used for centuries for its many wonderful, scientifically proven qualities.
Discover how Kawakawa can help soothe eczema prone skin, and how the Frankie brand sprang from a mother's search for help with eczema.
Kia ora Amanda,
Thanks for your message! Cradle cap is one of those things that isn’t painful for baby and will in time loosen and soften. If you’re happy to leave it to its own devices, great but understand that it’s natural to want to help speed things up.
In that case Kawakawa Repair can be very helpful as it is deeply nourishing for dry or flakey skin.
There are a couple of ways to use it:
First, you can apply Kawakawa Repair to baby’s scalp and allow it to soak in. Some people like to put it on before bed so it soaks in overnight. You can then very, very gently massage baby’s scalp with a muslin cloth or towel which will help to loosen the skin and then gently comb the scalp to remove any scabs that have come loose. It’s very important not to try to use the comb to loosen the skin; just to gently remove anything that has already softened and is ready to flake off. You can repeat this over several nights as long as it is comfortable for bub. You can wash the remainder of the balm out or leave on the scalp.
If you don’t want to do this overnight, you can apply some balm to the worst affected areas several times a day and allow the skin to naturally loosen and flake off. Hope that helps!
Do you have any recommendations for cradle cap. My daughters 4 month old son has it quite bad.