For those who have suffered from eczema, moisturiser is like oxygen and finding a good product that soothes, repairs and heals is essential.
Eczema breaks down the skin’s natural barrier, making it less able to regulate its own moisture levels. That’s why it results in dry and flaky skin – something that can not only make you feel self-conscious but also uncomfortable, itchy and irritated. Therefore, the skin needs to be continuously hydrated to help protect it.
When looking for a moisturiser, ingredients to look out for vary depending on what your skin needs – we found that oats, borage seed oil and rose water always work wonders. For this reason, we’d also recommend testing out pure ingredients – The Ordinary has a great range of pure pressed oils – to see what your skin likes.
However, if you have particularly sensitive skin that is prone to flare-ups, we always suggest patch testing any new product before going for broader application.
How we tested
We used each product twice a day for roughly three days to give it a good shot at working its magic. In the short term, we found that many of the products below reduced redness and increased skin elasticity, and some even healed sore skin to a point where it looked and felt pretty close to “normal”.
Of course, the experience of putting on the lotion, cream or balm is important too – if it’s not pleasant or feels like a chore, you’re less likely to spend time slathering it on. The texture is extremely important here: too thick and it’ll sit on top of the skin like a waxy coating, but too thin and it’ll be absorbed and gone in a flash.
We also considered scent, as many products designed for sensitive skin leave out unnecessary fragrance to avoid irritation. On the one hand, it’s a treat to find a deliciously scented lotion suitable for eczema, but on the other, you don’t want anything too overpowering.
While different remedies work for different skin types, we think we’ve found something to soothe the mildest to the most severe eczema.
The best moisturisers for eczema for 2021 are:
- Best overall – Bria Organics relief repair replenish skin cream: £14.95, Briaorganics.com
- Best budget moisturiser – Aveeno daily moisturising lotion: £4.65, Amazon.co.uk
- Best scented moisturiser – Pai Skincare polly plum calendula and jojoba comforting body cream: £24, Lookfantastic.com
- Best natural ingredients – Balmonds skin salvation: £7.99, Hollandandbarrett.com
- Best for quick absorption – Kiehl’s Crème de corps body moisturiser: £28.50, Selfridges.com
- Best for exfoliating dry skin – Medik8 smooth body exfoliating kit: £49, Feelunique.com
- Best eco friendly moisturiser – Lush dream cream body lotion: £16, Uk.lush.com
- Best for making skin soft – La Roche- Posay Lipikar Baume AP+M: £15, Boots.com
- Best luxury moisturiser – Dermalogica calm water gel: £40.22, Amazon.co.uk
- Best SPF moisturiser – CeraVe Facial moisturising lotion AM , SPF 25: £12.99, Superdrug.com
- Best facial moisturiser – Apothe.co intensive honey and oatmeal moisturiser: £20.45, Apothe.co