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The blisters on a piece of bubble wrap equal fun — especially if you like going for that satisfying pop. But eczema blisters? Not so much — especially when they itch or burn. Argh!
Dyshidrotic eczema (aka pompholyx) is often the culprit behind those fluid-filled bubbles. The eczema blisters tend to show up on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet.
Triggers, like irritation from sweat or an allergy to metal, can cause a flare of tiny (but fierce) bubbles that lead to peeling, cracked, and inflamed skin as they heal. Flare-ups are more common in hot weather, but they can occur at any time in response to a trigger (including stress!).
And when a flare occurs, you might feel eager to get some relief ASAP. Here’s what to know about treating eczema blisters and healing your inflamed hands and feet.
When it comes to treating eczema blisters, you can try some DIY methods at home for itch and irritation relief. But a dermatologist can also suggest medical solutions if DIY techniques just don’t cut it.
Adjusting the water temperature of your shower or bath is an easy way to get relief from eczema blisters. Hot water might feel cozy on cold hands and feet, but it can make skin conditions worse — not exactly what you need if you’re dealing with an eczema flare. So, if you’re experiencing dyshidrotic eczema blisters, wash with a lukewarm temp instead.
You might also need to swap out your soaps and bathing products, depending on what you use. Opt for a sensitive skin cleanser that’s free of irritating soaps, fragrances, and dyes, which can otherwise lead to eczema flares. Towels can be rough on blisters, too. So, gently pat your skin dry instead of rubbing away moisture after a shower.
If itching or burning is bothering you, apply a cold wet compress for 15 minutes after washing a few times a day to get relief. Afterward, slather on a moisturizer with ceramides or barrier repair cream with dimethicone, a moisturizing substance that creates a protective barrier while still allowing skin to breathe, per the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
Applying a topical steroid cream can also help fight itch, irritation, and inflammation from eczema blisters, and help your skin heal. They’re typically used just for a short period during a flare. You can grab a steroid cream over the counter, or a doctor may prescribe a stronger one.
Need something more? Get in touch with a dermatologist. A course of specialized UV light therapy sessions in the clinic a few times a week, over the course of several weeks or a few months, could help ease irritation and reduce how often you get eczema blisters.
Prescription medications may also help in some cases. If sweating is the irritant or trigger to blame for your flares, a prescription antiperspirant, or even targeted botulinum toxin (BOTOX) injections, could keep moisture from being such a B-word to your skin.
Some meds used to treat atopic dermatitis may help with eczema blisters, as well. Creams like pimecrolimus and tacrolimus can help control overactive inflammatory processes that may otherwise lead to those itchy eczema blisters.
In severe cases, topical or oral steroids, immunomodulators (taken by mouth or given as an injection), or other medications may be the right treatment for eczema blisters. Talk with a doctor to see if stronger medications are the right option for you.
Mini lifestyle changes can also help while you wait for other treatments to kick in. Rings can trap wetness, which is no good for eczema blisters, so if you have dyshidrotic eczema on your hands, you may wish to temporarily skip wearing all those cute rings you bought on Etsy — or just remove them when washing so that your fingers have a chance to dry thoroughly.
Consider investing in a pair of cotton gloves, too. No, you don’t have to go around looking like you’re prim and proper all day — although you can if that’s your jam. Just wear them to bed after slathering your hands with cream to lock moisture in. As a bonus, you’ll wake up with smooth cuticles.
When you’re working through your Saturday chore list, like scrubbing the shower, protect tender hands with latex-free gloves. Or, hey, just skip the chore and do it another time — eczema blisters are as good an excuse as any to push off annoying cleaning tasks.
And in cold or wet weather, bundle up with some cute mittens for added protection.
Nope. Those eczema blisters might practically be begging to be popped — but resist the urge to squeeze, poke, scratch, or do any other kind of damage to the bubbles. Opening a blister can increase the risk of contracting a skin infection.
If you’re prone to scratching, keep your fingernails short. That way, you might be less likely to scratch (or do quite as much damage when the itch becomes irresistible). Wearing gloves at night can also keep you from clawing in your sleep.
Sometimes larger eczema blisters will form, which can make it annoying or even impossible to do certain things (like type at a keyboard). If you have one that’s bothering you or interrupting daily activities, your dermatologist can safely drain it so that you can find relief. A derm might also give you a steroid injection to halt the itch, so you can focus on the more fun parts of life.
The fluid inside an eczema blister is called a serum. Your body pulls the fluid from neighboring tissue to cushion and protect the irritated and inflamed skin underneath the bubble.
That fluid can actually tell you a lot about what’s going on in the bubble. Normally, eczema blisters are filled with watery, transparent fluid. However, if the blister leaks pus that’s thick, cloudy, or stinky, you may have an infection. Ditto if the affected area is swollen or crusting, or you’re experiencing pain or a fever.
Those are all signs to talk with a doctor and potentially get some antibiotics to clear up the infection.
Doctors have yet to find a cure for this type of eczema. That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to having flares for months on end, though. Treating eczema blisters can often provide lots of relief — pretty fast, too!
In some cases, you may be able to treat eczema blisters quickly at home with methods like over-the-counter steroid creams, washing and moisturizing, and eliminating triggers.
Keep in mind that stress can be a trigger for eczema blisters, so if you’ve had a recent uptick in school, work, or life pressures, seek out ways to regain a sense of calm when you can — like meditation, yoga, or other relaxation techniques. If you know you have other triggers, like certain metals, see what you can do to reduce your exposure.
The occasional flare may resolve itself in a few weeks with DIY methods. But if you’re dealing with flare after flare, battling some brutal blisters, or feel like these symptoms are getting severe, talk with a doctor. There are other options in the form of targeted treatments or prescription meds that could offer more relief.
Blisters are characteristic of a dyshidrotic eczema flare. The tiny bubbles often appear on your hands or feet, and they usually itch or burn (or both).
If you have a flare, it’s best to avoid disturbing the eczema blisters. (That means no popping!) Instead, focus on ways to soothe and protect your skin, boost your skin barrier, and minimize exposure to triggers until the flare resolves.
Connect with a doctor to get things checked out right away if you’re dealing with a flare that’s particularly severe or if you have symptoms of a skin infection. They can also see if prescription meds or other treatments might provide even more relief from your eczema blisters.
As if eczema doesn’t suck enough on its own already, there are more than 10 types of this irritating skin condition that can have you wanting to peel your skin off. One of them, asteatotic eczema, is the stuff of dermatologists’ nightmares.
Everything you need to know about asteatotic eczema in one place.
Asteatotic eczema is pruritic or itchy dermatitis that causes the skin to flake, scale, and crack. Eventually, the skin can bleed and become hella painful.
Dry skin that lacks the correct balance of moisture can trigger asteatotic eczema. Various things can cause this water shortage, including:
Asteatotic eczema shows up as reddish/purple, scaly, flaky, cracked skin. When the skin cracks, fissures or openings form along lines, forming a lacy pattern.
You can treat asteatotic eczema with:
You can also whip up some colloidal oatmeal, and use natural oil supplements like coconut oil.
Nicknamed eczema craquele for its dry, cracked appearance that resembles crazy paving, asteatotic eczema can be itchy, painful, and can even cause bleeding when it becomes severe. It usually affects older folks, but it can still occur in much younger people.
No one welcomes the kind of scaly fissures that asteatotic eczema causes. So we’ve outlined some critical deets about what exactly it is, what causes it, and how you can send it packing.
Asteatotic eczema is a type of itchy atopic dermatitis that causes dry, scaling, and inflamed skin. Docs also call it eczema craquele or cracked skin.
Typically, it first shows up as dry skin. As it gets worse, your skin might crack and scale in particular patterns.
The symptoms break out on the lower legs, back, trunk, and arms. Asteatotic eczema most commonly shows up in the winter, when skin is at its driest. Though it can affect anyone, older adults most commonly receive diagnoses of asteatotic eczema due to the effects of aging and dehydrated skin.
Recognizing the patterns of asteatotic eczema and how they look can help you link up with the right treatment. Here’s a picture slideshow that might help.
Asteatotic eczema is a form of dermatitis that occurs due to extremely dry skin. It presents as very dry, cracked skin which commonly affects the lower extremities.
Asteatotic eczema is a form of dermatitis that occurs due to extremely dry skin. It presents as very dry, cracked skin which commonly affects the lower extremities.
Asteatotic eczema is a form of dermatitis that occurs due to extremely dry skin. It presents as very dry, cracked skin which commonly affects the lower extremities.
Specht S, Persaud Y. Asteatotic Eczema. [Updated 2020 Nov 17]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. [Figure, Eczema, Craquele. Contributed by DermNetNZ] Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK549807/figure/article-20893.image.f1/
The most widely recognized cause of asteatotic eczema is the loss of water from the top layer of skin called the stratum corneum. This happens when genetic, environmental, or physical factors trigger an oopsie in the skin’s protective barrier.
If you live in areas or climates with lower humidity, asteatotic eczema might become a thing for you. It most often pops up during winter months when the air is dryer and you’re running that heater indoors. Using a dehumidifier or heating fan in your home may also lead to asteatotic eczema.
Location also plays a role, as living in typically dry and desert-like areas or high-altitude zones may mean you develop asteatotic eczema more readily.
Folks over 60 years young are at a higher risk of experiencing asteatotic eczema. Their sweat glands are less active. Upside: Less sweaty. Downside: Drier skin.
Infants and toddlers also commonly experience different types of eczema. Their skin dries quickly and is extremely sensitive.
No, malnutrition is not the same as starving. Believe it or not, it’s totes possible to be malnourished and eat three decent meals a day. Malnutrition actually means an imbalance or deficiencies in specific nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, or energy.
So if you fill up on nothing but Sour Patch Kids three times daily, you’re probably not going to get a wide enough nutrient profile.
You could develop asteatotic eczema if:
Some meds can trigger asteatotic eczema. Oral retinoids and diuretics, in particular, can dry out your skin, and summon the eczema demon.
Retinoids are chemically related to vitamin A and regulate skin growth. Diuretics make you pee out more water, which can dry out your skin.
Drugs used in hormone replacement therapy may also cause asteatotic eczema.
If you like nothing more than a long, relaxing soak in a scalding hot bath, beware. Frequent baths in hot water draw moisture out of the skin and could lead to asteatotic eczema. Some soaps and detergents also have this effect, as many of them contain degreasing agents.
Additionally, overly fragrant soaps and lotions (think Old Spice) may also irritate your skin if it’s already dry and cracked.
Occasionally, asteatotic eczema has links to conditions like lymphoma, leukemia, and solid organ tumors.
Researchers don’t know whether the conditions themselves cause asteatotic eczema or if their treatments contribute to the cause. Nevertheless, there have been cases linking one to the other.
Another underlying condition associated with asteatotic eczema is hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. The authors of a 2016 case study concluded that myxedema (severe hypothyroidism) and asteatotic eczema can be found hanging out in your body.
In many cases, docs treat hypothyroidism with diuretics, protein inhibitors, and hormone replacement drugs. Both underactive thyroid and its treatments could trigger a bout of asteatotic eczema.
Asteatotic eczema first rears its itchy head as plain ol’ dry skin. As the dermatitis gets worse, your skin becomes itchy, flaky, scaly, and inflamed. If your skin is pale, it may appear red or deeper in color. People with darker skin might find that it appears ashy. Cracks can appear and open up as the skin loses more water.
When this happens, the affected skin develops a pattern that looks like crazy paving or a cracked river bed. These cracks and patches appear sore and irritated, and your skin may crack so severely that it seeps or bleeds.
In some cases, the skin may itch so badly that you can’t stop yourself scratching until it bleeds, leading to yet more skin breaks and — oh, joy of joys — scabs.
Asteatotic eczema typically affects the lower legs, back, tummy, and sometimes the arms. However, it can show up anywhere, like that ex you never wanted to see again.
This type of eczema begins with a burning sensation then forms painful, inflamed, water-filled blisters. They may even become infected if you’ve been scratchin’ more than a 90s Hip-Hop DJ. So watch out for ouchies on your tootsies.
When the blisters pop, the skin dries out excessively, leading to the appearance of the fissures you can see in asteatotic eczema.
In more severe cases, you could lose skin, your ears can become very sore, or you may find that your outer ear becomes infected. This can then spread to the inner ear, which… yeah. Ow.
A doctor or dermatologist needs to examine your skin and diagnose you before they can prescribe treatment for asteatotic eczema. In some cases, they may need to take a biopsy. You’ll need to keep in regular contact with your healthcare professionals to see how your treatment is going, and so they can make any adjustments to your regimen.
The main goal of treatment is to provide ample hydration to the skin. Healthcare professionals may suggest the following treatments:
You can usually use a combo of topical emollients and steroids. You can also take other measures to reduce the risk and severity of asteatotic eczema, like taking fewer baths, minimizing your use of harsh or super fragrant soaps and detergents, and using a humidifier during dryer months.
Slathering on moisturizers right after a bath while skin is still damp can also be helpful.
Aside from prescription creams and steroids, you’ve got some options to ease your uncomfortable asteatotic eczema symptoms at home.
Asteatotic eczema is an itchy and potentially painful skin condition that leads to cracks, fissures, and bleeding.
This type of eczema most often affects older people and happens as a direct result of water loss in the skin. Various things, like dry air, certain meds, and some medical conditions can trigger asteatotic eczema.
Thankfully, there’s a ton of treatments available for asteatotic eczema. You can find both prescription and natural options that’ll combat the scratchiness, and help your skin to chill the f*ck out.
To steaming heck with your sh*tty ex. You’re better than them, and you can do better than them. You know full well that they never deserved you. But you can’t seem to let go of the good times. So how long will it be before you can get over them? Does science actually have an answer? And how can you speed up the process?
Post-breakup sadness can last a while. Breakups are significant life events that, in one study, increased self-reported depression scores in people who’ve recently experienced one. It’s more than reasonable for the uber-sadness to stick around for a spell.
Researchers have tried to work out the average time between relationship cut-off and care-free frolicking. Unfortunately, the only definitive answer love nerds have come up with is “everyone heals at their own pace.”
Science is so unsure that it’s resorted to quasi-philosophical gumpf like “there are many factors to consider,” “there’s no answer, but there are actions you can take to find contentment again,” and “every person and relationship is different.“ Cheers, science. Very helpful.
If you were expecting hard numbers you’re out of luck. For scientifically-backed fortune cookie advice on how to help your broken heart heal quicker, however, you’ve come to the right place.
Mourning the end of a relationship takes time. If some toxic asshole has broken your heart and you’re sick of missing them, here’s the 411 on how long it’ll take (and how you can speed it up).
There’s no set time frame for mourning former beaus. Some move on the second they’ve walked out the door, others can be clinically depressed for years following a breakup.
There are no rules about how long you should grieve a relationship.
Whether you’re sad about your ex for 5 months or 5 minutes, it’s completely normal.
Anybody saying you’ve spent too long (or not long enough) can go run backward naked through a field of cacti.
Only you know when you’re ready to move on, and anybody else’s opinion is irrelevant (unless they’re genuinely concerned about your mental well-being). If you’re done being sad about your ex and their stupid face, but need a little help finding inner peace, you might find the info below super helpful.
Nope. It’s literally so varied the science boffins can’t even make a graph about it.
Common schoolyard/office watercooler wisdom is that it takes half the time you were in the relationship. But if you want proof that this is bullish*t, take a look at cruise ships full of newly-divorced silver foxes and foxettes making bang time without a thought for their once-spouse of 50 years.
Further proof takes the shape of every teenager that spends 4 months crying over a 2-week relationship that culminated in an awkward fumble in the back of a movie theatre.
Plenty of science folk have tried to work out an average. The reason we don’t have one is that none were successful, not because they haven’t tried.
One commonly referenced “study” is actually an online poll conducted by a research company (so it’s not even science). It suggested a 3.5-month average, with divorce breakups closer to 1.5 years. But this shouldn’t be taken to heart because:
In terms of actual science, 2007 was a big year for measuring breakups, even though it was a while ago. One study of college students found an 11-week average based on the demographics of the participants. College is a romantic and emotional microcosm though. It would be scientifically irresponsible/logically ridiculous to suggests this represents the general populace.
Researchers tried to figure out in another 2007 study if breakups were as distressing as people expected, or if they fall into the “actually, that wasn’t so bad” category. Findings suggest breakup pain isn’t as bad as we expect pre-split, and we get over bad partners quicker than we predict.
Obviously, this is only one study. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the opposite being true on occasion. You’ve probably experienced a breakup that hit you harder and for longer than expected.
So what’s the tl;dr? There’s no real scientific answer for how long it takes to get over a breakup. You do you.
Part of the reason there’s not much breakup science knocking about is that there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence. Scientists like solving the mysteries of life. Proving what everybody already knows is boring for them.
However, the lack of lab facts doesn’t leave us in the dark. Relationship and breakup counseling is a thriving industry, and there are tons of books about it. The advice and guidance of these books and therapists/counselors do seem to work for some people.
We don’t have much proof in the way of lab coats and Bunsen burners science, but that doesn’t mean humans are clueless when it comes to breakup blues. Folks have been f*cking and ch*cking since the days of caves and mammoths. By 2021, we know a heckin’ bunch about what makes hearts break harder.
It’ll come as a shock to nobody that long-term, committed relationships are harder to get over. Not all relationships are created equal, after all.
Ending a casual fling prompts internal existential questions like “Oh, darn, who am I going to go to the Dave Matthews Band concert with on the weekend now?” It may sting, especially if you’re the dumpee rather than the dumper, but casual breakups don’t tend to have major ramifications through your life.
The end of a committed relationship can ruin everything. Breaking up is a very different experience when you’re leaving the person you live with, for example. Walking away from years-long partnerships can mean losing friends, living arrangements, or contact with their family (who by this point may also feel like your family).
Letting go of a relationship into which you’ve invested literal years of your life is hard. The prospect of starting again can be overwhelming for some folks. Having your future life plans torn to shreds can really make a dent in your mental health.
So yeah, for a bunch of obvious reasons, level of commitment directly impacts moving on.
Do you know what also makes getting over a break-up hard? Cheating. Being cheated on doesn’t make you feel good (shock). The bitter taste left by unfaithful partners can take a long time to fade.
Trust is an important relationship foundation. Creating trust means being emotionally vulnerable around your S.O. and showing them an intimate side to your personality few get to see. Your partner also gets to see you nekkid if they play their cards right. That’s a big deal for many people.
Loads of peeps don’t like showing their naughty bits. For every friend you have that can’t keep their shirt on after a beer, you have another who needs to talk to themselves in the mirror for half an hour before getting changed in front of their spouse.
Emotional and/or physical intimacy is a huge trust fall for some people. A betrayal of that effort by their partner can be devastating. Even if you’re not one of those peeps, having your trust broken hurts. It can leave you feeling ashamed, confused, or stupid for opening up that much to another person. Infidelity fully sucks.
It’s not just cheatees that feel pain — the cheater gets a rough deal in terms of breakups, too (although one brought on by their own actions). Throwing away years of happy partnership by following an impulse with a stranger leaves many folks feeling not-too-great about themselves. Just… keep it in your pants next time.
tl;dr: It can be harder to get over Cheat-o-flavored splits because you’re having to heal pride and shattered trust on top of everything else.
Every new relationship is a risk of future heartbreak. We get into them anyway ‘coz the healthy ones make us feel all warm and happy inside.
Unhealthy relationships, as you know if you’ve ever been in one, do the opposite. They make you feel crappy. It’s natural to feel relieved instead of upset when a less-than-functional relationship dies. Hell, if a relationship goes far enough south, ending it can be a one-way ticket to Cloud 9.
On the flip side, if you weren’t at each other’s throats 24/7 or using screaming to communicate, it can be harder to bounce back. As a general rule, the end of happy relationships puts you in a low mood longer than unhappy ones.
Whether you were chucked or did the chucking plays a big role.
Breaking up with somebody isn’t a pleasant experience (unless you’re a sociopath) and can leave you hurting, but the emotional ball is in your court. Initiating a break-up gives you time to mentally prepare for post-partner life. You have a chance to reach emotional peace with the situation, weigh up your options, and set the time/place of the “it’s over” conversation.
Usually, the dumpee didn’t make the decision to end the relationship. Unless they suspect something is up, the end is an unexpected sledgehammer blow. Confusion and rejection compound the pain they may already feel after their partner leaves.
Dumpees may take longer to pick themselves up again (although not always). This doesn’t mean dumpers always call time on shared life and stroll away whistling a merry tune. Deciding to end a relationship is often an unwanted, last-resort decision.
However, most folks would agree having a breakup inflicted on you is more painful than inflicting one on someone else.
Bad news time: there’s not much you can do to recover from a breakup faster. Some things might help, but none of them are guaranteed to work.
The best approach is to avoid beating yourself up and allow your heart time to heal. You’re already sad, so making yourself sad about being sad will just make you sad². Nobody wants to be sad².
Activities that are good for working through depression help. Taking steps to combat the physical symptoms of break-up pain helps you feel more in control. And a better mood makes finding positivity easier.
Here’s some ways to do it:
There’s a common theme to the above:
Good, well-intentioned self-care can get the healing started and make it faster (maybe… again, everybody is different).
Cultivating a healthy outlook on the breakup is important. This isn’t easy, but having a proper understanding of your emotional response is the first step toward changing it.
Mindfulness meditation and CBT techniques are great for this. Your aim is to develop a balanced perspective of the situation. Teach yourself to accept big feelings are natural and that it’s OK that you’re in a less-than-stellar place.
From there you can start to find positive distractions and heal.
Answer these questions:
If you answered yes to most of the above then congratulations, there’s a strong chance you’re over your ex. You may not be permanently over them (breakup pain isn’t constant — it can peak and trough), but you’re at least on the path to happier days.
There’s no definite answer on how long it takes to get over someone. Or how much a break-up hurts.
There’s a bunch of factors that make getting over someone easier/harder — but then again everybody is different, so you may find the opposite to whatever the popular consensus is to be true.
There’s nothing you can do to definitely make getting over someone easier or faster. But there are some things you can do to feel less miserable in general that may help.
Does eczema have you down in the pits? Lots of folks who have eczema or other skin conditions experience flare-ups in their underarm area.
This can make shopping for deodorant a total downer. But don’t worry! We’ve got your pits covered with the best deodorants for eczema.
Here are the top 12 deodorants for all your sensitive skin concerns:
Folks with sensitive skin know ingredients matter, like, A LOT. We picked products that contain moisturizing ingredients to help soothe dry, scaling, cracked, or irritable skin. We also tried to avoid products that contain known irritants like metals, formaldehyde, parabens, unnatural fragrances, and alcohol (ethanol).
We also factored in:
This price guide will help you pick the best deodorant for your skin and your budget.
This antiperspirant formula was designed with sensitive skin in mind by keeping the drying power of aluminum without the irritation. It’s made with one-quarter moisturizers and is alcohol- and fragrance-free. That means it won’t sting any scaly eczema patches and is safe to use right after shaving.
PSA: Again, this deodorant does contain aluminum, which can be irritating. But many people swear the moisturizers help ward off irritation for smooth, stink-free pits.
Not all deodorants are designed for a hardcore sweat sesh. But this one is, thanks to its clinical-strength formula. It contains no botanical extracts, which is great news for folks who have severe skin sensitivity. While it does contain aluminum, it doesn’t have any preservatives, fragrances, or dyes.
If you want to smell like a garden, this blend of lavender and lemon will keep your pits protected without the irritating aluminum. It’s also crafted with essential oils as its main fragrance and uses tapioca starch to absorb sweat. Despite its fab fragrance, it’s free from parabens and dyes.
This deodorant is formulated with 25 naturally derived ingredients to stave off stench and soothe sensitive skin. And you don’t have to worry about any unsavory ingredients — it’s aluminum-, fragrance-, paraben-, and cruelty-free.
This no-nonsense stick offers odor protection without aluminum. We also love that it’s vegan and free from artificial preservatives.
FYI: It comes in eight different scents (including unscented).
Pamper your pits with this luscious stick. It’s a bomb blend of shea butter, coconut oil, candelilla wax, and essential oils. The plastic-free packaging is shipped in a 100 percent recycled padded envelope. You also get to choose from among five different fragrance blends.
Pro tip: They offer a monthly subscription.
Get ready to meet your dream cream. This deodorant will soothe stressed skin while keeping B.O. at bay. It has mandelic acid, which is known to kill bacteria without harshing your skin’s vibe. It also contains a concentrated shea butter that can bolster your skin barrier.
This fragrance-free stick is free from parabens, aluminum, talc, baking soda, and dyes. The arrowroot powder helps absorb moisturizer while the shea butter keeps your skin hella hydrated.
Bonus: It’s vegan, and the packaging is 100 percent recyclable.
Want designer armpits? Try this spendy spray from Aesop. It’s formulated with essential oils and zinc ricinoleate to help mask odor without drying you out. Reviewers love the signature earthy scent.
This unscented stick is all about the coconuts. It’s formulated with caprylic triglycerides, an oil that’s derived from coconuts. It also contains coconut oil, which is rich in fatty acids that can replenish moisture. And unlike some other natural deodorants, it won’t leave a gritty residue behind.
This plant-based pit stick is 99 percent naturally derived. The tea tree oil boasts natural antimicrobial properties. While this might not help you ditch the itch 10/10, it might chill out your pits a bit. It also contains coconut water to help calm cranky skin.
Get ready for odor and sweat protection without aluminum, dyes, parabens, or heavy perfumes. The wild sage scent is super soothing and gender-neutral. Peeps also love that it contains aloe, which can help keep your skin hydrated and might reduce redness and irritation.
When shopping for the deodorant of your dreams, look for products that contain eczema-friendly ingredients like these:
Here are some ingredients to avoid:
As the world slowly gets back to normal, we’re all itching to make the most of it. But many restaurants still aren’t at 100 percent capacity and trying to find an outdoor patio with enough space for you and your besties on the fly is near impossible. Sooo what’s a post-quarantine social butterfly to do? We have just the thing.
Enjoy a festive AF outdoor feast with your crew that’s worthy of gracing your Insta timeline. Feel like an influencer for a day and give your picnic a major glow-up with these must-haves, recipes, and tips for a perfect day.
Here’s everything you need for an IG-worthy picnic extravaganza.
Whether you’re lounging on grass, sand, or dirt, you’ll need something between you and the ground for comfort’s (and cleanliness) sake. This adorable citrus-themed blanket from Society6 will keep your bum dry and sand out of your skivvies.
It has a UV-coating to prevent the design from fading, and the polyester material is easy to wipe down. The blanket is also water-resistant, so you can lay it down on damp grass without a prob.
If you’re going for the traditional picnic look, this romantic wooden basket is cute AF. It features a fabric-lined interior and has enough plates and cutlery for you and your three BFFs — or a double date. 😏
Inside there’s also a stainless steel corkscrew for popping open some bubbly, a wooden cutting board, wine glasses, and classy cotton napkins. All the dinnerware is dishwasher-safe, so post-picnic cleanup is a cinch.
If a rustic picnic basket seems too cumbersome to lug all the way to the nearest park, consider this stylish yet practical option that’s a lot more portable.
Hop on your bike with this insulated picnic backpack in tow — it carries enough lunchtime supplies for up to four peeps and comes with stainless steel cutlery, plastic wine glasses, cotton napkins, and plates. It’s also equipped with a picnic blanket so you can carry everything you need right on your back. A roomy, insulated compartment keeps food and drinks cold for hours.
These canvas coolers from Food52 are functional and adorable. And they’re eco-friendly, too!
Pop some ice packs inside, and the lining will help keep your beers or La Croixs cool until you’re ready to crack ’em open. The striped canvas exterior is bright and cheery and ultra-durable. You can bring this cutie to a picnic, but it’s also versatile enough to tag along wherever you’re heading for the morning or afternoon — beach, farmer’s market, or backyard BBQ.
This handy carrier fits two bottles of wine and features a leakproof, insulated design. The thick padding keeps glass bottles snug as a bug. A strap and handle make the tote easy to carry whether you’re walking, biking, or taking public transit to your go-to picnic spot. The durable fabric keeps your drinks safe wherever you go, so no need to worry about ripping or tearing.
TURN. IT. UP.
What’s an outdoor picnic without some beats to set the scene? This portable speaker is small but mighty, pumping out your fave Spotify playlist without skipping a beat. It has 12 hours of playtime (perf for all-day fun) and is waterproof up to 3-feet deep, so you’re covered whether you bring it to the park, the pool, or the lake.
It’s Bluetooth-enabled and can even connect to other JBL speakers to take the party to the next level. The best part? It comes in a ton of colors — and you can even design your own on JBL’s site. Just make sure whoever connects has good taste in music. 😛
In these almost-post-pandemic times, you’ll probably have plenty of stuff to talk about with friends you haven’t seen in a while. But you can still have a bit of extra entertainment on hand. Mix fun and food with this foodie chessboard where cheese bites double as chess pieces. 🧀 🧀🧀
Another fan fave to consider is a Mexican train dominoes set. The dominoes are waterproof and heavy enough that they won’t blow away — plus, it’s fun for both kids and adults. You decide how long the game goes depending on how many rounds you play.
If you’re planning an evening picnic, the BioLite also doubles as a fire pit. It produces hyper-efficient flames, so you’re not choking on smoke and rubbing your eyes as you peer into the flames. And, get this, it’s also Bluetooth enabled, so you can control the flame size with your freaking phone.
A shelter like this pop-up shade tent is lightweight and easy to transport. You can use it with or without stakes, depending on the wind sitch. It snaps open with a toss, and voila! You’ve got an instant shelter for naps and snuggle sessions.
A picnic without food? Yeah, bye. We’re going home.
The whole point of a picnic is enjoying tasty finger food with your fave people. Here are a few picnic-friendly recipe ideas for your next al-fresco dining experience.
There’s a reason sammies are the quintessential picnic food.
Whether you’re going for deli meat delights or prefer to keep it veg-centric, keep those sandwiches simple. Slice them into bite-sized pieces that are perfect for sharing.
Here’s a vegetarian-friendly salad sandwich recipe to try:
Smash those chickpeas with a potato masher or other comparable utensil. Mix in the mayo, mustard, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Then scoop the mash onto sliced bread and add optional toppings.
Skip the chess-playing and use the cheeseboard listed above for your mini picnic charcuterie spread. Ideas for what to include:
All these components are easy to toss into a picnic basket or backpack. And don’t forget to pair your beautiful board ingredients with wine. 🥂
Corn is the it-girl of summer veg and has a short in-season period, so take advantage of it and buy fresh corn from the farmer’s market for this recipe. Of course, frozen corn works too.
Make this salad ahead of time and transport it in your backpack or basket in a leak-proof food storage container. This yields about six servings, but the recipe is easy to double. It pairs well with burgers, sandwiches, and pretty much anything on the grill.
Here’s an amaze go-to secret corn salad recipe that’s always a hit at summer BBQs.
The key to this corn salad is slightly charring and caramelizing the corn. Melt butter in a cast-iron pan and add the corn. Continue stirring the corn and cook until you start to hear the kernels making a popping sound.
Transfer the cooked corn to a large container or bowl. Add in the diced cucumber, crumbled feta, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine.
Here are some tips for having a fab time at your next picnic:
Now that you’re all equipped, it’s time to call up your buds and plan a picnic in the park. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as the sky is clear, it’s always a good day for a picnic. ☀️