Over the years, Sellers has learned which products can help her skin stay hydrated — something that is important for people with eczema, since their skin doesn’t retain enough moisture — and which can trigger a flare. She’s even found that certain products marketed for people who have eczema can cause more harm than good.
“Some of the topical creams that help soothe irritation … [can] actually cause dryness later on,” she says. “I really like to find products that not only help prevent the irritation, but that you can also use consistently so you don’t have as many eczema flare-ups.”
Managing eczema, she’s found, is more than keeping your skin blemish free — or covering up the patches of inflammation with makeup. In fact, Sellers has learned that it’s not always worth it to hide her eczema under layers of concealer, partly because makeup can contain irritating ingredients that trigger itchiness later on.
I can feel like I have creepy crawlers on my body.
— Dana Sellers
For Sellers, the itch of eczema is one of the hardest symptoms to deal with. “I can feel like I have creepy crawlers on my body,” she says. “It’s come to the point, especially in New York City, where I thought I might’ve had bedbugs.”
Plus, to Sellers, beauty goes beyond foundation and bronzer. “I’m someone who doesn’t really like to wear makeup,” she says. “I like to really go out natural.”
On her blog, Sellers focuses primarily on skin care, including which products can keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. She credits her skin-care routine with keeping her complexion looking the same today as it did a decade ago.
When it comes to anti-aging products, Sellers is a fan of retinols, but she can’t use just any type. “I prefer retinols in an oil form, because it’s a lower concentration,” she says. “It’s easier for my skin to handle.” She also knows to avoid using multiple anti-aging ingredients at once and always hydrate her skin.
Today, Sellers follows a pared-down version of a customizable regimen known as the 10-step Korean skin-care routine. “I personally don’t feel like I need 10 steps,” she says.