I recently woke up to a horrible Eczema flare all over my face and eyelids(you can see in the photo above that my eyelids are completely swollen). I have never suffered from Eczema before but have always had severely dry skin, especially in the winter months. I couldn’t figure out what would bring on Eczema, especially when I have never had it before. I tried to figure out if it was something I had put on my face and then it dawned on me that the only thing different I had done recently in my diet was include some Dairy.
I had been Dairy-Free for ten years, up until a few months ago when I started to try to re-introduce little bits of it into my diet while taking Lactaid. I thought I was okay with it even though I started noticing that I was having worse dryness on my skin, especially around my eyes. It wasn’t until two nights ago that I realized I passed my threshold with the dairy and it clearly was the reason behind my random flare up of Eczema. I plan to not have any dairy ever again. I shouldn’t have even tried to re-introduce it, knowing that I have always had a dairy sensitivity but after ten years of having none it was so nice to feel like I could indulge every now and then! It is not worth what my skin went through and I definitely won’t ever take my skin for granted again. There are also many connections between Eczema and Dairy Intolerance.
While I was suffering from this bout of Eczema, I literally wanted to rip my face off because the itching was so severe. I didn’t want to use any over the counter medications or lotions that contain nasty and harmful ingredients so I decided to concoct my own mixture of completely natural ingredients and I came up with this recipe that literally within seconds of applying to my skin, completely got rid of the terrible itching and reduced the redness immensely. I have been using this everyday to help with the Eczema and so far my skin is healing very fast. I am also using a few other ingredients (listed at bottom of the post) and I am staying away from makeup until my skin is completely healed again.
This easy to make and powerful face mask only consists of three ingredients: Vitamin E Oil, Ground Nutmeg and Raw Manuka Honey.
About the Ingredients:
Nutmeg is full of antioxidants and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe painful and irritated skin and can help relieve painful itching from Eczema or other skin conditions. Nutmeg can also help remove blackheads, unclog pores and buff off dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking and feeling smoother. Nutmeg can also be used to reduce scars, including acne scars.
Raw Manuka Honey and other Raw Honey’s have been used for centuries to treat all sorts of ailments. It can be applied topically to heal wounds, rashes, skin burns, abrasions and other skin conditions. Raw Honey has powerful antioxidants which provide protection against free radicals that are known to be one of the main causes of aging. It is full of anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties properties which make it ideal for anyone suffering from acne. In cases of Eczema it has been shown to improve the condition very fast. Raw Honey promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections.
Vitamin E is easily absorbed by the epidermis layer of the skin and can be used for treating sunburn or protecting you from the sun. It is a strong antioxidant that prevents premature aging and helps to heal the skin. It’s also great for wrinkles, scars and irritated skin.
What You Will Need:
1 tablespoon raw manuka honey
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg powder
½ teaspoon vitamin e oil (or 1 capsule vitamin e)
How To Use:
Mix all ingredients together until it’s a thick paste. Apply mixture all over your face, focusing on problematic areas. Leave mixture on for 20-60 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. You can also lightly massage this mixture in circular motions on your face before rinsing off to promote extra exfoliation. Be extra careful to pat your face dry with a soft towel!
You could use any type of Honey that you prefer for this face mask but Raw Manuka Honey has been shown to have the most benefits when it comes to skin and health. I prefer Raw Manuka Honey for my face masks but it can be very expensive. If you can’t afford the Manuka honey than I suggest using Raw Honey which you can find on Vitacost for only $4.99. Just remember Raw and Organic are always the best when it comes to Honey. If you can’t find Vitamin E Oil than simply purchase Vitamin E capsules and open one or two up to use in this face mask! Nutmeg is readily available in most grocery stores. For storage: I usually make double the recipe and store my mixture in a small mason jar and keep in my cabinet. I like to use an intensely hydrating Serum after this or any other mask and right now my Serum of choice is the Youth Glow Omega Face Serum from Mambino Organics, it’s rich enough to hydrate my skin but does not irritate my skin at all. It smells delicious and really helps to get rid of dry patches. I am also using the Soothing Jasmine and Vitamin E Face Cream from Alba Botanica.
Have you ever suffered from Eczema or severely irritated, itchy or dry skin? Please share your experiences in the comments and feel free to share any remedies you have tried that have worked for you. If you try this face mask please let me know if it helps you!
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