When was the last time you were insanely thankful for a new hand lotion? (Apparently that's a tricky question to ask a guy.) Refocus: If you have eczema on your hands or severely dry skin, you'll be happy about a new Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream.
aveeno eczema care hand cream: you need it
Rolling out at drugstores and mass retailers right this minute is Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream (from $7.47), a new sidekick for Aveeno Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream ($11.75 at well.ca) and Aveeno Baby Eczema Care Cream ($11.75 at well.ca). If you've got chronically dry, senstive skin and/or eczema on your hands, you need to pick up a couple of tubes ASAP. Aveeno is already a dermatologist favourite; its colloidal oatmeal formula is extremely effective at keeping dry, sensitive skin calm and moisturized. But this Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream contains something else: ceramides.
According to pretty much every derm I've interviewed recently -- Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, director of the Bay Dermatology Centre in Toronto; Dr. Julia Carroll of Compass Dermatology in Toronto; Dr. Ian Landells, President of the Canadian Dermatology Association and medical director of the Landells Clinic in St. John's, NL; and Dr. Doris Day, director of Day Dermatology and Aesthetics in New York City -- ceramides are a key ingredient for dry skin and skin that suffers from eczema (and psoriasis, too).
"Ceramides are one of the three types of natural lipids or fats that help keep moisture in the skin," says Dr. Skotnicki. In fact, there are nine different types of ceramides in the stratum corneum (the skin's outer layer); they make up 40 to 50 per cent of the lipids in the body. And studies have revealed "that people with genetic atopic dermatitis or eczema have fewer ceramides in their stratum corneum." That lack usually means a compromised moisture barrier -- not good. A healthy moisture barrier protects the stratum corneum by acting like a shield that keeps irritants out as it keeps the good stuff, like moisture, in. A faulty barrier lets moisture out too easily (hello chronic dry skin) and lets irritants in (hello inflammation, itching, etc.).
Synthetic ceramides in a cream or lotion can help make up for a lack of natural ceramides in the skin. Yay Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream! Another winning point for Aveeno: this hand cream is fragrance free. (Fragrance is a big ol' irritant for very dry, sensitive skin prone to eczema.)
Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream isn't the only affordable body moisturizer that contains ceramides -- Curel Extreme Care Lotion for Extra Dry Skin ($4.39 at well.ca) has them too, as does the CeraVe line of care. But there's still so much room for ceramide-enriched skin care and hand cream on the market. We're really pleased to see a new one aimed at every purse we own.
Do you have super-dry hands? Eczema or psoriasis? Did you already know about ceramides?
P.S: Johnson & Johnson, the company that owns Aveeno, created an Eczema Care app to help track flare ups and provide tips. You can download the Aveeno Eczema Care app free from iTunes.