Triterpenes and tetranortriterpenes, give the oil anti-inflammatory, antifungal and also insect-repel properties. Neem oil may be help treat inflammatory skin disorders, eg. psoriasis, dermatitis, chickenpox and shingles.
Or tocopherol, is well-known for its skin benefits and is easily absorbed into the skin and hair. Vitamin E can potentially help to promote skin cell formation. However, it is highly moisturizing, which makes it an ideal addition to shampoos and conditioners. The vitamin E content also keeps the oil from becoming rancid; thereby increasing a cosmetic or hair care product's shelf life.
Jojoba oil's resemblance to sebum allows it to easily absorb into your skin, helping making it a gentle, softening moisturiser. It is a treatment for a variety of skin infections due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It may also improve and help relieve an skin conditions such as psoriasis, chapped skin, sunburn and eczema.
Safflower Seed Oil
When applied directly onto the skin, it can soothe inflamed skin and the antioxidant properties help to treat damage and inflammation.
Olive oil is an excellent ingredient for those with super dry skin! It brings back the moisture back to the skin while leaving a silky smooth oil barrier on the skin to protect the skin from dry climates & environments.
Vitamins E, A, C and D. A natural way to heal skin and restore its health. It is calming and moisturising to the skin. Sunflower oil has many uses and can be helpful if you have acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin. It’s also a great to use on your newborn baby for extra skin protection.
The most penetrative of all natural plant oils. It can penetrate through the epidermis and into the dermis layer of your skin. Resulting in extremely soft and hydrated skin and because of its humectant properties it prevents your skin from drying out.
Naturally found in fish and in foods such as palm oil, wheat germ and olives. Squalene acts as a barrier to stop water from evaporating from your skins surface. It helps stop skin cell degradation and damage. The antioxidant protect skin cells from early aging. Squalene can provide immediate relief from psoriasis and eczema symptoms eg. itchiness, inflamation and helps to calm the skin.
These oils are 'medium chain triglycerides' extracted from coconut oil. They have no colour, odour or taste. Their benefits include low viscosity and thus excellent skin penetration enables effective transport of nutrients to deeper layers of the skin. Leaves no greasy film and helps to retain moisture in the skin. Anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Water resistance and spreads very easily and evenly on the skin.
Is a skin conditioning agent. It improves the appearance of dehydrated, damaged skin by reducing flaking and improving suppleness to the skin. Its high panthenol concentration can effectively stimulate and improve the skin's healing.
The most effective form of vitamin E that helps protect cells against oxidative damage that may contribute to some chronic diseases. D-alpha-tocopherol is one of eight forms of vitamin E. The “D” form of alpha-tocopherol indicates that it comes from natural sources. What separates vitamin E from other antioxidant vitamins is its lipid solubility. It is the most significant lipid-soluble vitamin in skin that protects it against oxidative harm. Vitamin C is another antioxidant vitamin, but differs because it is water-soluble. Vitamin C and vitamin E partnership in combination with other antioxidants to protect cells against damage.
What aggravates eczema?
Heat, letting the skin get dry and prickle aggravate eczema. Keep your child cool, apply plenty of moisturiser and dress them in loose, light cotton or bamboo clothing and blankets.
Heat & Bedtime
Your child will most likely itch more at night as they get hot under the covers and most will get into the habit of waking up. It is best if your child sleeps in their own bed to avoid overheating. Cotton or bamboo bed linen and at most one thin cotton blanket is the best bedding for your child. Woollen blankets, plastic mattress protectors and doonas should not be used. Constant waking and scratching at night and the sign of blood on the sheets the next morning are signs your child’s skin is too dry and more moisturising or oiling needs to be applied. Keeping your child cool helps reduce the itch.
Heat & Bath time
As heat can aggravate your child’s condition we recommend you bath your child once a day in warm (not hot) water adding a capful of Grahams body & bath oil to the bath (using this as a soap substitute). Soaps can dry out the skin. Try and bath your child at least two hours before bedtime.
Dryness & the skin
Keep your child’s skin moisturised as much as possible during the day, this will help with the dryness. Water, air-blowing heaters, cleaning agents, soap, swimming and the environment can all be drying to your child’s skin..
Can my child go swimming?
Yes, but if they are having flare ups your doctor may suggest the swimming stops until the eczema gets better. Before swimming we recommend you apply moisturiser to the skin. After swimming wash the chorine/salt water with cool fresh water apply bath oil, and then apply a moisturiser before dressing.
Is my child allergic to foods?
10% of children with eczema have food allergies. Children who have food allergies may have extremely itchy skin without the redness. Other children may develop a hives reaction to foods straight away or within a couple of hours after food. These reactions generally start in the early months and often your child will grow out of them. If you are worried your child might have food allergies, keep a diary and your child’s skin reaction to these foods to show to your doctor. Foods that cause allergies are; egg, dairy, seafood, nuts, beef, chicken, wheat, acidic fruit and junk food. When you introduce a new food it is best to only give a small amount of each new food. Don’t restrict your child's diet without consulting a doctor.
How will I know if my child's eczema is infected and what should I do if it is?
When eczema gets infected it will crust (normally yellow in colour), it might weep, and is normally a sudden change in the eczema. It might be itchier than normal painful to touch. In severe cases your child might find it hard to extend their elbows or knees. It is common for children with uncontrollable eczema to get secondary infections. The reasons behind eczema becoming infected is usually because the child scratches and breaks the skin. One small infected area can flare other areas of eczema. If you believe the eczema to be infected go to your family doctor and have the infected areas swabbed and treated.