Eczema and sun and me... why I love the sunshine27 March 2019
It’s no secret that I love to travel. For me, eczema and sun is a great combination and my skin often feels better in the warmer weather.
I’ve never been much one for settled life, and I like to live like a nomad. As long as I have my phone and laptop then I can work from anywhere in the world. Lucky me, eh?! But when I travel I tend to head for sunnier climes.
Eczema and sun... what are the benefits?
I’m sure I’m not alone in loving the sun. I try to enjoy every season for its own beauty and I know that winter brings some real wonders with it: the beauty of the snow, warm snuggly nights in front of the fire, getting together with family for Christmas. But it’s hard on my skin. All the central heating and fires, the chopping and changing being out in the cold air then into the artificial warmth, the biting winter chill... it can all play havoc with my eczema, no matter how hard I try to keep on top of my routines.
I lived in California for a year when I was at uni. Boy did I love it there! The gorgeous sunny climate suited me down to the ground. And with it came a totally different lifestyle, more relaxed and chilled out, more opportunities to walk and exercise out in the warm air. I always find swimming in the salty sea helps my skin heal, too.
Recently, I took up residence in Palma for a few months, which helped me escape the worst of the British winter. I’ve since been lucky enough to travel to Dubai, and I’ll soon be off to Bali. And believe me, these are the types of climates I love! Of course the lovely sunshine and warmth make a big difference, but I’m at my happiest travelling around, soaking up new cultures and exploring different countries. Happy Camille is good for my skin, as soon as my stress levels start lowering my eczema starts healing. It all adds up!
So I know I’m lucky. I can travel and work, combining two of the loves of my life! But something I do still have to be really careful with is looking after my skin in the sun. Believe me, sunburn and eczema are not good companions! Whether you live in an all-year-round sunny place, are just heading into summertime or like to holiday in warm places, it really is important to make sure you’re protecting your skin in the sun.
But as all us eczema warriors know, running to the supermarket and grabbing something off the shelf is not a good idea. You need to be confident that anything you’re putting on your skin isn’t going to cause a reaction or a flare up. So as ever, do a little research and find products that are right for you.
What do I think is the best sun cream for eczema sufferers?
Personally I’d recommend the Green People range. They’re organic, with non-toxic UV filters and no pore-clogging ingredients, so your skin can breathe freely. And there are no harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances. Which is exactly what eczema prone skin is looking for in a suncare range.
If you’re looking for a golden glow but aren’t heading anywhere sunny, you can always cheat with some fake tan! Try Green People Self Tan Lotion for a quick fix or Gradual Tan Moisturiser for a gentle build-up of colour.
So girls when it comes to sunshine it makes us feel good, and can often help to heal our skin. But red, peeling sunburn is so not a good look! The sun’s rays feel gorgeous but don’t forget they can be harmful too. So get yourself a good SPF and keep your skin drenched and hydrated so it doesn’t dry out.
Enjoy the sunshine lovelies!
Lots of love, Camille xx