Our tips to avoid an eczema flare this Valentine’s weekend!
We know that some of you may be buying lovely gifts, having a cosy night in, or heading out on a romantic date, so we’ve put together some tips to ensure an eczema flare doesn’t spoil your Valentine’s weekend.
Presents for your Valentine
When buying a Valentine’s present for people with eczema, here are some tips to consider:
Make sure that your Valentine is not allergic to pollen or fragrant flowers! Consider choosing low allergy flowers such as Roses, Carnations, Daffodils, or Orchids.
Perfumes, Aftershave and Cosmetics
Fragrance is a very common trigger for eczema. This weekend we need to be more mindful of potential exposure to hidden fragrance.
Cosmetics can contain fragrance and preservatives which can cause contact allergies. So, avoid the temptation of buying new fragranced products for your Valentine and stick to products they know and love!
Make sure that your Valentine is not allergic to pollen or fragrant flowers and be mindful fragrance is a very common trigger for eczema!
- Related: Visit the ISF team at a free health and wellbeing day for adults of all ages, 15 Feb, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), Muirhevna Building, 10am – 2pm.
- Related: 5 Practical Tips for Parents of Children with Eczema at School
- Related: All You Need to Know about Adult Seborrhoeic Dermatitis
Cosy 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.
- Consider turning the temperature down
- Do not overheat the house
- 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!
Date night out?
You don’t want to be scratching on your date night, so remember to choose your Valentine’s Day outfit wisely! 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!
Choose natural, breathable fabrics for your Valentine’s Day outfit so you are comfortable and can enjoy your date night!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
If you need guidance or support about managing a skin disorder, contact the ISF Helpline for free assistance and information.