The last time I had eczema this bad is when I was pregnant with Mitchell (first pregnancy). Because I was pregnant, the doctor could not prescribe the regular cortisone treatment that she normally would have, because of the potential risks to the baby. So she suggested some over-the-counter solutions, including a product called Glaxal Base (it didn't work), and Aveeno. She also made a referral to a dermatologist for me.
I took immediate action and purchased the over-the-counter remedies, starting with Glaxal Base, followed by Aveeno. Well, Aveeno worked wonders! I was very impressed with their basic body-lotion (this was basically the only product in their line back in 1999). By the time my appointment with the dermatologist was made (several weeks later), I was happy to report that I didn't need a dermatologist anymore because Aveeno did the trick! My eczema was gone!
Over the years I've used other skin care products, and of-late I've been a Mary Kay girl. I started out as a consultant, but due to some serious family issues I was dealing with, running my own business became low on my list of priorities, so I opted to become a personal-use consultant only. This means that in order to keep my status, I have to place an order every 6 months, and evidently my status is almost null and void (I think I've got one month left before I must order again). If I just ordered the basic skincare that wouldn't set me back so much financially, but I have to put out close to $300 every 6 months just to keep my status. Right now I don't have an extra $300 kicking around to order skincare and make-up.
So, since I wasn't able to place a Mary Kay order in December and I was running out of skincare (i.e. cleanser, toner, moisturizer, etc.), I decided to give the Aveeno skincare line a try. And boy am I glad I did! It isn't the most inexpensive skincare line there is, but so far it's been worth every penny.
I've started out with the Ultra Calming line, which is specifically designed for sensitive skin. But today I found out there's an age-defying line available as well, and since I'm hitting that age where I am going to start to be considered "middle-aged" (by some people), I think that anything to slow down the aging process is a bonus. This is a topic for another post, perhaps, but what do you consider to be middle-aged? Just wondering.
The thing I like about the Aveeno skincare line is that I like my skin so much now that I could actually venture out into the world without applying foundation. That's huge to me, because foundation is one thing I rarely go without. But the Aveeno products have helped my skin so much that I don't think I need foundation. And the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion is slowly but surely taking care of my nasty eczema. Yes, slowly but surely. These products don't work overnight, but with consistent application and patience, they will do their job (at least for me they will).