I can thank my wonderful husband for introducing me to the soothing power of oats! We went to Thailand on our honeymoon, during their rainy season (and that is a lot of rain) and my skin fell to pieces. I was a walking rash, which meant I had to wear cotton from head to toe and stay cool all the time. Not great. I did however learn that a tropical climate wasn’t for me!
When we returned my skin didn’t get any better, mostly due to the hideous wet weather in the UK all summer so I was being driven insane by a full body rash that was keeping me awake at night and miserable all day. Then one day my husband announced he was going to make me a ‘porridge bath’ because he had read it could help. I was very skeptical but was prepared to try anything at this point. It was a revelation! He had put a few spoonfuls of porridge oats in an old sock, tied the end and then left it in a warm bath. By the time I got into it the water had gone milky and there was a really pleasant smell of porridge. The effect was soothing and my skin stopped screaming. Since then I have used oats in the bath every time I have a flare up. It doesn’t cure it but it is very calming.
So, onto Aveeno! This daily moisturizing lotion has no fragrance and contains oats which as you may have guessed – have anti-irritant properties to sooth the skin. I try and remember to use it every day after I shower as it makes a huge difference to my skin’s general hydration and that in itself can help keep the eczema away.
I have to add that I haven’t used it during a flare up so this review is base don my present, calm, winter skin.