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Oatmeal Mask For Eczema

At 2 months, our son had a terrible case of eczema. Our pediatrician prescribed  hydro-cortisone cream as medication and we're told to apply it regularly for two months. But his eczema didn't get any better after we stopped the medication. Actually it got even worse. There were many sleepless nights of crying and screaming, sore skin that covered his right cheek and on some parts of his leg, sometimes near his eyes. We can't figure out what he was allergic to,  he was breastfed and was not on any formula milk, one time he was ok  and next time there would be flare up of eczema again.

One of the worse experience we had was after a vacation. We were on a 9 hour flight back home, he was 4 months old and he was not crying, he was screaming in pain or maybe itch and rubbing his face with his hands and on our shoulder. His medication was no longer working on him. His face has lots of scratches and was very sore already.

The picture below is what he looked like when the topical medication was still working on him . Notice that the redness is still there. On bad days when his eczema flares up the skin get raw and sore, and sometimes it gets crusty.

I couldn't find a picture of him showing how bad it was. But this one closely resembles his eczema case. People would often ask what was on his face, it was very frustrating for us. We switched from one brand of cortisone cream to another but it would only lead us back to worse once we stop the meds.

 I decided I have to try all kinds of natural treatment that I could. I kept researching. Until I learned about oatmeal mask and how beneficial oatmeal can be for the skin. 
Oatmeal contains avenanthramides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin.
How did I use it?
I didn't want to mix the oatmeal with anything else that his skin might be allergic to. So I mixed 2 tbsp of quick cooking oatmeal with some water just enough to make a poultice and applied it on the sore skin. Once the oatmeal dries on his skin I would reapply again, the usual interval is every 2 hours. He became calm and the soreness in his skin eventually subsided. 

The first week was very promising, so I continued with it.  I would also soak about half a cup of oatmeal on his tub (approx. 2 liters of water) for his bath rinse before bedtime. The milky water was starchy to his skin and it added relief specially at night. 

After almost 3 months his face almost cleared up. There was still minimal redness that was like a scar from his eczema but it eventually disappeared, except for  one patch on his leg that I did not paid so much attention to mask with the oatmeal poultice. 

Right now he is 4 years old, and his skin is perfect. No more eczema!

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Marc Jacob's Modest Dresses From Resort 2016

The Resort Collection of Marc Jacobs for 2016 featured statement collars and jeweled embroideries.
The fabric of this dress is simply amazing, but to get that modest look.

 It will be better to put on some nice coat or cardigan to perfect the look. 

 Look at that pointy Mary-Jane shoes.

And of course these  beautiful coats.

All pictures courtesy of Marc Jacobs

©2015 Modest Runway

Valentino Modest Dresses

Salvatorre Ferragamo Modest Dresses From Fall 2015 RTW Collection

Salvatore Ferragamo 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Photo credit: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com

Beauty Regimen: Skin Icing

Skin icing is a therapy popular among Korean women. 

I remember the time when I was little and I often watch my mom washing her face in the morning and at night. She's one of those girls who don't spend on moisturizer or any kind of face cream. Just plain Ivory soap and water followed by ice. The "ice thing is what made me curious".

Science behind skin icing:
When I asked her about it, she said the best way to clean face is by using warm water to open the pores, wash it with soap to unclog the pores, rinse it and NEVER forget to close the  pores by rubbing on some ice. 
We'll I'm not the kind of person that is so concerned about face routines, I don't actually follow any. Just wash using tap water and I'm done. But when acne starts to flare up on my face, this is what I do and I have proven it effective. I would  usually get lazy and stop the routine in a month once the acne is gone, but I have seen how effective it is.

Recently, I have noticed that skin icing has been going around and being adapted in many spas. They call it cryotherapy. And they claim that it destroys fat cells.  helps freshen the face, fights the formation of wrinkles, acne and heals blemishes. and promotes blood circulation. 

However, you don't need to visit a spa to get a cryotherapy. You can do skin icing on your own. Here are the basic steps:

1. Wash your face with soap and water. Warm water will help open the pores and helps unclog your skin. Black heads and acne are the usual results of clogged pores.

2.After washing your face with warm water, the pores remain open. Rubbing some ice will close those pores and prevent dust from clogging those pores again. Therefore minimizing infection that causes acne. 

I have tried adding a squeeze of lemon on the water before freezing it and   noticed it helps a lot with the blemishes. 

Instead of using plain ice. You can also use ice cold water. Try it and I promise you will feel the difference. Nothing to lose! 

Burberry Prorsum Modest Dresses from 2016 Resort Collection

The Burberry Prorsum Resort Collection for 2016 is inspired with lots of lace, and sheer fabric. Although the sheer is not something you might consider wearing, you could still opt by wearing a slip under to act as a lining for these really beautiful dresses. 


Although the lengths of some dresses might compromise you, remember you can always wear some neat tights to meet your modest dressing standards, or add some cool cardigan to perfect the look. 
As you browse through the Christian Dior Resort 2016 collection, please pay attention to their shoes. These shoes are just awesome. 

Photo credit from Dior