Our tips to avoid an eczema flare this Valentine’s weekend!
We know that some of you may be buying your loved one some special gifts or having a romantic date night in this weekend, so we’ve put together some tips to ensure an eczema flare doesn’t spoil your Valentine’s weekend.
Investing quality time
One of the most common ‘in lockdown’ activities planned for this weekend is a relaxing walk outside together. If you plan on getting out of the house, and appreciating the company of your loved one in the fresh air and it is cold outside, wrap up warm! Don’t let the chill put you off! You will be glad you made the effort. You will feel invigorated. Make sure you wear gloves, a hat and a scarf to avoid extremes of temperatures, which can trigger an eczema flare.
Presents for your Valentine
Spread some love with a Valentine’s themed face mask
Surprise your loved one by wearing a Valentine’s themed mask, and present your loved one with a Valentine’s mask with hearts or lips on it. Whatever will bring a smile to their face!
Choose a natural fibre, such as cotton or silk to avoid irritating the skin.
Spoiling you loved one with flowers is a nice way to show you appreciate them during this challenging time. In case your Valentine is allergic to pollen or fragrant flowers, choose low allergy options, such as Roses, Carnations, Daffodils, or Orchids.
Perfumes, Aftershave and Cosmetics
To receive perfume, aftershave or cosmetic products is a treat, but be cautious, as fragrance is a very common trigger for eczema. Cosmetics can contain fragrance and preservatives which can cause eczema flares. So, avoid the temptation of giving new fragranced products to your Valentine and stick to products you know that they use and love!
Choose low allergy flowers and stick to cosmetics you know that they use and love. Be mindful fragrance is a very common trigger for eczema!
Setting the mood for a romantic date night in?
Hoping to set the mood and create a romantic atmosphere? Before you light that scented candle, remember it may look nice and smell nice, but it can cause irritation to your Valentine’s skin and eyes.
Choose unscented candles to set the mood instead. The combination of a cosy night indoors and the central heating can dry out our skin.
- Do not overheat the house
- Consider turning the temperature down
- Love your skin this weekend and make time to moisturise!
Scented candles can cause irritation to your Valentine’s skin and eyes, choose unscented candles instead!
Planning a dressy Valentine’s night?
With COVID-19 restrictions, most of us have been stuck in leggings and tracksuits again since Christmas. For your big night in ditch the comfort clothes and dress to impress your Valentine!
Remember to choose your Valentine’s Day outfit wisely as you do not want to be scratching! Try to avoid:
- Irritating sparkly clothes with sparkly fibres
- Wool and mohair
- Synthetic fabrics that may overheat the skin
Choose natural, breathable fabrics, so that you are comfortable and can enjoy your night with your Valentine to the fullest!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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If you need guidance or support about managing a skin disorder, contact the ISF Helpline for free assistance and information.