It's just you versus the elements when it comes to moisturizing eczema. After taking a lukewarm, seven-minute shower, there's still more work to be done in the fight to lock in every drop of moisture.
When it comes to eczema, time is your biggest enemy after turning off the faucet and stepping out of the shower. Moisturizing within three minutes after bathing helps your skin retain moisture and avoid cracking [source: EczemaNet]. When your skin is damp, it's the perfect time to apply moisturizing ointments and creams (discussed on the next page).
Though retaining water is crucial when moisturizing eczema, that doesn't mean you have to drip-dry after every bath or shower. Gently blot the skin with a towel and then apply moisturizing agents so you don't remove natural oils.
There's no point in following proper eczema-prevention procedures if you're not using the right moisturizers. Learn how ointments, creams and lotions aren't all created equal.