Discovering Cardiospermum Gel For Eczema Relief
This week is National Eczema Week. This year, the focus is on the psychological impact that having eczema can have on a person. The spectrum on how badly eczema affects someone physically is so vast and such is the same mentally. I'm glad they've turned some attention to the mental health of those who have this condition. Just because it affects a lot of people who still go about their daily lives doesn't lessen the serious impacts it can have.
In the last year, I've developed patches of eczema. They range from dry to red, irritated and angry patches. They say it's a side effect from being in a state of internal inflammation for long periods of time. It's reached a point where I have to be so careful which body products I use. Slathering on lotions, prescriptive balms or aloe vera gel twice a day...at least. Honestly, it was more irritating than anything else at first. I switched to 100% cotton clothes and made sure they were loose enough to avoid touching my skin too much. Some fashion statement.
Then it spread to my hands. A part of my body that was always exposed. It looked bad and it hurt. I was showering it cold water half the time because my hands couldn't take the heat. Stress and eating too much carbs were contributing factors to flare-ups. I know internal changes needed to happen. But I still need something topical for immediate relief.
That brings us to last week when Cardiospermum Gel* was brought to my attention. A natural skin gel recommended for eczema-prone skin. It claims to be just as effective as steroids providing instant relief (according to a UK trial).
WHAT IS CARDIOSPERMUM?
Cardiospermum extract comes from a South Asian vine. It has been used by herbalists for generations to treat a variety of skin concerns and ailments. In recent years, it has found its way into the Western world. Doctors have paid it close attention for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Particularly, when it comes to treating eczema and dermatitis. Studies have shown that cardiospermum extract does reduce inflammation and itching on the skin. One study documented that it destroys the bacteria that encourage eczema flare ups. Now can you see why this piqued my interest?
Aqua, Cardiospermum halicacabum(balloon vine) extract , Sorbitol, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera)leaf juice, Butylene glycol, Ppg-1-peg-9 lauryl glycolether, Acrylates/c-10-30 alkylacrylate crosspolymer , Lactamide/acetamide mea,Phenoxyethanol, Peg-6 caprylic/capricglycerides, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium hydroxide, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol, Disodium edta.
The Cardiospermum Damp Skin Gel* (£9.95) is free from parabens, petroleum, perfume and SLS. The cardiospermum extract used in this gel is from Sri Lanka and the aloe vera used has been sourced from the Canary Islands.
I've applied this on both dry and damp (just out of the shower) skin. Both variations work well. The formulation is like a jelly and requires little effort to apply. It doesn't leave behind any stickiness or shiny finish on the skin. It's just like using an aloe vera gel and feelings soothing and cooling on the skin.
I will have to update this post after a month of using it to see the long term effects. In the short term, applying it twice a day has noticeably helped with itching (especially on my legs). It's allowed me to take a warmer shower which was nice. My only issue with this is that I don't like the scent. It smells a bit grassy but not in a fresh forest way. The scent doesn't last on the skin but I did hold my breath a little on application. Despite that, if it works in the long run, I'll get over the smell.
If you suffer from eczema, what do you use to treat it? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this year's focus for National Eczema Week.
*This post features a PR sample. Link to full disclaimer in footer.
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