Is your skin ready for the holidays? As much as we all love the fun and magic of this time of year, eczema sufferers know that it can also bring some unwanted outbreaks. The fast end of year pace, coupled with longer to-do lists and less than perfect eating habits can take its toll on sensitive skin. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. To help you out, here are a few of our favorite tips for preventing a flare up this winter. Tip #1: Be aware of extra seasonal stressors If you struggle with eczema, the holidays can increase your risk exposure as certain festivities tend to introduce unfamiliar scents and irritants. Greenery such as Christmas trees, poinsettias and other festive foliage can irritate reactive skin, while fragrant holiday candles and diffuser oils can also be excessively aggravating to the senses. Additionally, colder and drier weather can contribute to skin dryness and irritation, making eczema worse. With so much going on, it can be hard to keep up. However, by anticipating triggers in advance you can better prevent associated flare ups, and practice proper self care in advance. Tip #2: Stick to a balanced diet and stay hydrated This one goes without saying year round. That said, the holiday season can be an especially challenging time to stick to your regular healthy eating habits. Knowing that popular holiday staples like alcohol and sugar increase the likelihood of inflammation and eczema, a good way to stay one step ahead of a flare up is to consume these things in moderation. You’ll also want to be sure to balance out those special treats and indulgences with healing foods that fight inflammation, including leafy greens, fruits, lean protein, omegas and other healthy fats. Also, be sure to drink lots and lots of water as staying hydrated will help support your skin from the inside out. Tip #3: Make rest and relaxation a priority While there’s only so much you can do about the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, keeping stress levels in check is a big key to combating eczema and associated flare-ups. This is true at all times, but during the busy season, it’s even more important to take breaks for self care. As much as possible, strive to get eight hours of sleep nightly and supplement with mindful practices, such as meditation, to help reduce stress and anxiety. You could also try to sneak in a few minutes of exercise that lifts your spirits. You don’t need to go for a run. Just put on your favorite music and dance for five minutes. Your body, and your skin, will thank you! Tip #4: Travel smart to avoid an outbreak. Another important thing to consider for keeping your skin happy and healthy this season, is planning to troubleshoot your skin if you will be traveling. Because travel brings more unknowns into the mix, your best bet is to stay prepared. Pack all of your own tried and true cosmetics to stay consistent, and politely decline any products provided by your hosts if you aren’t sure how your skin will react to them. Other must-take items for traveling should include comfy clothes (itchy or uncomfortable fabrics can irritate your skin and trigger eczema), a water bottle for staying hydrated, healthy snacks, and anything else you need to stick to a skin-supporting routine while you’re away from your comfort zone. Tip #5: Know about the right products and ingredients. So what should you use on your skin to keep it safe, supported, and healthy all season long? A few of our favorite ingredients for addressing eczema include shea butter and vitamin E for promoting healing and repair, as well as calming and soothing ingredients like coconut oil and colloidal oats. As a general rule, you will want to look for simple formulas that use natural, minimal ingredients. Too many synthetic ingredients or active ingredients such as certain acids, may be too stripping and damage the skin’s natural barrier. Instead, your best bet is to stick to gentle products focused on hydrating, moisturizing, and protecting the skin. Our Top Product Picks For Eczema Skincare For daily care and keeping your skin glowing this holiday season Lizzie’s All-Natural has two products that target eczema and relieve struggling skin. Here are our two of our favorites: ● Eczema Oil - With a pure blend of nourishing botanical oils and extracts, this beautiful elixir works to deeply moisturize the skin and infuse it with all the nutrition it needs. Key ingredients include sea buckthorn oil, shea, black seed oil, coconut oil, and colloidal oats for the ultimate skin-nurturing formula. ● Eczema Butter - Skin pampering and long lasting hydration are just a few of the benefits of this soothing and softening body butter. With ingredients like unrefined raw shea, olive oil, vitamin E, and more, it has everything you need to combat eczema flare ups and create a healthy, happy complexion.