Hope you’re doing well!
Since before I can remember, I’ve suffered from dry and sensitive skin. I spent my childhood taking trips to different doctors, trying to find ways to calm it down, all while being told ‘you’ll grow out of this’. That was a lie, but I’m thankful that I suffer much less than I did in my childhood. However, my skin is still very sensitive. I’ve spent the last couple of years trying new products to find the best ones for me and I want to share them with you! All products are linked to where I bought them from.
I try to use cruelty free products, but I’ve really struggled with my skin so I sometimes have to stray away from that rule. I do the best I can, and now most of the products I use on a daily basis are cruelty free!
Coconut Oil – I find that using organic coconut oil before bed, such as one by Mituso, leaves my skin really nourished for a long time. The only problem is it doesn’t really get rid of an eczema flare-up like some other products do, so I tend to use coconut oil in the summer to keep my skin feeling moisturised when I’m not having a flare-up.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula – This cocoa butter is a dream. I didn’t use it for many years due not being able to find a clear report on whether it is tested on animals, but bought it when my tattoo artist recommended it to me. It isn’t quite nourishing enough for use in the middle of winter, but it’s fantastically soothing and lets me have an itch-free day in autumn/spring when I’m feeling a bit sensitive.
Ultra Bee All In One Honey Balm – I stumbled across this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, read loads of positive reviews, and decided to order some. I think the eczema on my legs is different from my arms, because this balm does absolutely nothing for my legs but the patches on my arms (that were getting really sore) cleared up after just a couple of days’ use and I have only had one or two bad days since! I’m so glad I found this product.
Lush Dream Cream – I don’t know why I haven’t heard of this before, but I finally found out about it a few weeks ago from my cousin. My lovely boyfriend bought me some after I mentioned it and I love it! It feels so nourishing and really calms down a flare-up, so I think I may be onto a winner – I’ll keep you posted about this one.
Lush Sleepy Lotion – It doesn’t make much difference to my skin but I want to give Sleepy an honourable mention for being so calming when I struggle to sleep. I rub some on my chest, shoulders and neck before bed and the smell is super relaxing! I recommend this to anyone who struggles to sleep.
Dr Bronner’s Baby Castile Soap – I started using this as a shower gel about two years ago when it was recommended by a work colleague, and it’s all I’ve used since. It’s made from mostly natural oils and it just feels good on the skin and keeps me clean. It doesn’t do anything magical, but I haven’t had a bad reaction to it, so it’s a winner in my eyes!
Westlab Dead Sea Salt – while I love fancy bath bombs and bubble baths from the likes of Lush, sea salt is the way to go for me. It stings when you first get in the bath, but it’s so soothing. Salt is known for its healing properties and it helps to balance the skin’s hydration levels, so it’s perfect to help clear up bad patches of eczema, and a great excuse to take some time to relax!
With the struggles I’ve been through growing up with fairly bad eczema, it’s such a relief to find products that work for me. I gave up going to the doctors when I was about 12 because I couldn’t deal with using anymore steroid creams or greasy emollients. I may have to return every so often, to ease a bad breakout, but as I’m lucky enough that my flare-ups are nowhere near as bad as they used to be, I avoid it as much as possible.
Remember though, everyone’s skin is so different. These products work for me, but unfortunately your skin may react differently to products that benefit my skin.
Do you suffer from dry or sensitive skin? Let me know if you use any of these products or have any others I might be interested in trying!