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I think my skin is telling me to move to Australia…

While I was away I slathered on the SPF, barely moisturised, and came home slightly tanned and eczema-free. Of course this changed the second I returned to the grim cold winter, and skin-hating conditions, back in England. As a person with a permanent beady eye on all products aimed at anyone with sensitive skin I was pretty stoked to get to try some of the Skinfix range. I’ll be totally honest I’d never heard of the Canadian brand, however anyone that claims ‘We provide the ultimate skin fix for the most vexing skin irritations’ is worth a test in my book.

I’ve been using their products since the second week of January- I never see the point of reviewing anything until you’ve given it a good run, and to be fair I probably picked the worst (yet also best) time to test their range. I work outside a lot and I can’t wear gloves, which sucks. I’m on the eternal hunt for gloves that both keep my teeny tiny T-Rex hands warm AND allow me to operate a camera easily at the same time. This means in winter my skin represents something between Jabba the Hutt and Ben Grimm.

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From their range I’ve been using the SkinFix Hand Repair Cream, Eczema Balm, Soothing Wash, and Soothing Lotion.  My absolute fave has to be the Eczema balm.  In fact I’ve already ordered another tube since my first arrived.  It’s really thick but not in a mega greasy way and does exactly what you need.  I was a little cagey about using this at first as it contains Almond oil- but it turns out Almonds are one of the few nuts I’m actually NOT allergic too!  If you’re trying to avoid steroid treatment for your skin this will definitely help!  It creates a barrier on skin which locks in moisture and there’s no water in it either.

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My second fave from the the range has to be the Soothing Wash.  I’m never really that fused about what I use in the shower, as long as it’s for sensitive skin, but this is a game changer.  It foams but doesn’t leave your skin feeling like you’ve just endured  two hundred lengths of a swimming pool.  It’s made with natural cleansers from coconuts and contains colloidal oatmeal, aloe vera, vitamin E, emollient sunflower and jojoba oils.  It also last for ages!

Their Soothing Lotion is nut-free and although I don’t think it will be replacing my Aveeno addiction it’s pretty damn good.  It’s not very thick though, which some people would love. I’d rather have a thicker moisturiser for the body but if you want something lightweight and deeply hydrating then this is the one.  It doesn’t sting or irritate so it’s great to use with any sort of skin flare up and it leaves my skin feeling way healthier.

All their products rate a 4 out of 5 on the National Eczema Organisation website (only losing one mark due to their products containing ingredients that related to food allergies) The lotion, wash and eczema balm all have the National Eczema Association seal of acceptance http://bit.ly/2oecrtp

The hand repair cream is a great hand cream if you don’t suffer from eczema.  It’s REALLY nourishing, and free from soy, steroids and parabens.  If you have dry skin this is an instant fix, however if you have cracked or sore skin then I wouldn’t recommend using this during a flare up.  Something in it made my hands really itch- although I don’t think there’s a product in the world that doesn’t hurt my skin when it’s covered in more cracks than a ring masters whip.

I definitely preferred the Eczema balm, which is designed for those of us with sensitive shells, although maybe this would work better for me in summer when my hands aren’t so screwed up!

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I think the range works really well together, and it’s nice to find products that aren’t so greasy and thick you’re left like an oil slick for a few hours while they absorb into your skin, definitely worth a try if you’re looking for something new that actually works.

You can now order them from their UK shop: http://bit.ly/2oecrtp or even from Boots http://bit.ly/2ny78Xz where right now they have discount offers available.

Here’s to the sunshine and better skin!

 

Jem xx

 

*I wasn’t sponsored for this post

The John Lewis Christmas advert has hit our screens, which means one thing- it’s now perfectly acceptable to get excited about Christmas!

I’m going to be having a very different Christmas this year so I’m trying to be a bit more organised with my shopping. By ‘trying’ I mean looking at stuff online, mentally buying it, and then having a mad panic when I realise it’s a week until Christmas and I’ve done no shopping!

I always look online for gift guides- lots of influencers get sent really cool stuff so youtube and blogs are great places for a bit of festive inspo, especially for things you wouldn’t necessarily see while you’re out and about. I do love a good Christmas shop with chums but shopping in a city gets kinda stressful at this time of year.  Besides why gets stuck in the crowds when you can nail all your shopping online snuggled next to a fire with a large Gin in your hand?!

If you have sensitive skin and want to drop some mahoosive hints, or you’re looking for present inspo then I hope this helps- of course Elemis and Caudalie had to feature in my suggestions, and there’s items for all budgets.  Alongside skincare don’t forget all the good stuff- and by that I mean chocolate!

All items are linked below.

If you do go out and about I’d recommend shopping with a rucksack- leaves your hands free for a mulled wine… Good luck out there!

Jem xx

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Khiels seasons treatings £30 http://bit.ly/2fFDR6v

Yumbles Rawr chocolate £9.95 http://bit.ly/2fUoNXq

Best Face Forward, Sensitive Skin set, £39.90, Elemis http://bit.ly/2eNnfMo

Holiday Skincare Cracker, £10, Nuxe http://bit.ly/2g10ztI

Vine Body Gift Set, £22, Caudalie http://bit.ly/2fhdnva

Winter Icon Orange and Clove Hot Cloth Cleanser, £22.75, Liz Earle http://bit.ly/2fFicga

Deliciously Ella Cookbook, £9, Amazon http://amzn.to/2emmj36

Ren Stop Being So Sensitive, £34 http://bit.ly/2eNGWn8

Merry Moos selection box, £3.99, Real Foods http://bit.ly/2fFQNcj

Relief Repair Replenish Cream, £14.95, Bria Organics http://bit.ly/2fFUjnb

 

 

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Sensitive skin is a pain in the derriere- especially when your skin reacts quicker than Peggy Mitchell in a bar brawl to pretty much anything new you put on it.  Finding good quality products, which not only remove makeup but also leave your skin feeling fresh and damage-free, is a constant struggle.

Here are my current faves (OBVS I’m not using them all at the same time, hence why some aren’t in the photo above as I’ve run out, but I do like to switch it up occasionally) but these will definitely be a good starting point if you’re looking for something on a more gentle level.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser- some of the Kiehl’s range I have to be careful with (even ‘natural’ products can react badly with sensitive skin) but this is really creamy and never leaves your skin feeling dry.  Really good for getting rid of all your mascara too… £8.50 Kiehl’s http://bit.ly/2bOcW6I

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil- This is super luxurious and leaves your skin feeling so soft.  I felt like it’s hard to wash it off but I think this is the point- it doesn’t strip your skin.  Use with a hot cloth… £29.50 Elemis http://bit.ly/2c1UxoR

Elemis Pro Radiance Cleanser- I’m quite new to the Elemis pro-Radiance collection but I bloody love it!  This little beauty gets rid of all the grime but is packed with plant extracts that moisturise dry skin.  It gets rid of all the crap without having to use anything else and lasts AGES too! £30 Elemis http://bit.ly/2bQPmdM

Green People Scent-free Cleanser- If you’ve never tried Green People products then why the hell not?  They’re affordable and amazing quality and great for anyone that reacts to all the chemical crap.  This one is particularly good if you are allergic to lots of perfumed in products. £18 Green People http://bit.ly/29tBg05

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Garnier Sensitive Micellar Water- Yes this was a TOTAL surprise to me.  I normally can’t use anything like this, especially from a drug-store brand.  But this actually does what it says on the tin- perfume free and you don’t need to scrub.  It literally removes EVERYTHING.  This was my staple festival product this year and leaves your face feeling fresh, clean, and definitely not sore- winner and a right bargain! 125ml £1.99, Boots http://bit.ly/2c7FvNu

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Gel- still on that Micellar hype I have used two bottles of this now and it’s fab!  I love La Roche-Posay and when my Dad nips off to his little pad in France I usually put in some sort of French skincare order-I LOVE it, really nice creamy, bubbly texture and doesn’t dry or irritate your skin.  £12 All Beauty http://bit.ly/2bQD8h5

Skincere Cream Cleanser- I first discovered this little Gem when they sent me some to try last year (check out the blog post HERE) and it’s a wonder product for the price.  My always feels clean and toned when I used this; I just wash it off with a hot cloth.  Even when my skin has been really irritated I can still use this bad boy.  Available in all Holland and Barrett stores.  £14.99 Skincere http://bit.ly/2bBns5o

Let me know if you have any good product recommendations!

Jem x

My skin is more sensitive than an England fan on a trip to Iceland right now.  It’s probably all down to the horrendous hit of hay fever I’m enduring every day, that and the fact I’m pretty much allergic to air right now. When my skin needs an extra bit of help, or is likely to be more volatile than Britain after Brexit, then these hero products certainly offer a helping hand…

Elemis SOS cream: When your face feels like it’s on fire, you’ve been in the sun too long, or you just feel like you need more than a moisturiser- reach for this bad boy. Every time.  SOS Emergency Cream £52.50, Elemis http://bit.ly/29isT4n

Caudalie Beauty Elixr: Again another French hero product. I’ve been rattling through this- it’s great for all those hay fever days when your skin just needs a helping hand. It refreshes your face and feels like your coating your skin in luxury. Caudalie Beauty Elixr, £11.50, Feel Unique, http://bit.ly/29nbcE2 (always lots of offers on this site!)

Skincere facial serum:  I’m on my third tube of this since giving it a whirl last year.  It’s inexpensive and does what it says on the tin.  Use it underneath your moisturiser.  Skincere products NEVER ever irritate your skin, even if it’s super sore and sensitive.  Easy on the purse too- win win!  Facial serum, £19.99, Holland and Barrett http://bit.ly/29ns6Aa

Ren body exfoliator balm: When you have sensitive skin sometimes it’s easy to avoid exfoliating but actually it’s vital to help our skin. Slough away those pesky dry patches with this beaut of a product.  It leaves your skin with a nice kind of waxy finish rather than sore and itchy.  A little goes a long way too : ) Ren salt exfoliating body balm, £22, Look Fantastic http://bit.ly/29ncCyk

Neutral Cleanser: If you’ve never heard of Green People before and you have sensitive skin what the hell are you playing at?  This cleanser is my go-to hero product when everything else is ruining my face.  Fragrance-free, gentle and zero chance of leaving you with lizard skin.  Check out their other products too, their range is AMAZING!  Neutral scent free cleanser, £18.00, Green People http://bit.ly/29tBg05

Weleda body wash: Again another brand I can’t get enough of (see previous blog post here)  It’s rare when you have sensitive skin that anything you use in the shower can smell good and not leave you like you’ve been dipped in acid.  Hello Weleda!  Bloody love this, use it everyday!  It’s super creamy, doesn’t dry your skin and smells like holidays.  What’s not to like?!  Sea Buckthorn creamy bodywash, £7.95, Weleda http://bit.ly/29nsJcP

Darphin 8 Flower cream: My wonderful Mum introduced me to Darphin many years ago.  I LOVE love LOVE French skincare and this is just amazing!  I’m kinda new to this product but I use it at night if my skin is sore after cleansing.  Heaven.  Smells great without irritating your skin.  Perfect!  Darphin 8 Flower Oil Cream, 30ml, £43.33, Escentual http://bit.ly/29hA3t8 (1/3 off!)

Lavera intensive neutral mask:  I’ve been trying to use this once a week, but usually fail.  I’ve always avoided face masks like the plague as normally they make my skin ten times worse when it’s feeling extra sensitive.  I got a sample of this after purchasing some other Lavera products and it’s fab!  Why shouldn’t we treat our skin just because it reacts to pretty much everything?! We put our faces through so much so give it a treat- it’s designed to calm allergy and sensitive prone skin.  Hurrah!  Lavera intensive neutral mask, £2.90, Lucy Rose Organics http://bit.ly/29qg9d8

Salcura Dermaspray: I’ve blogged about Salcura products before here. This spray is like a protective barrier for your skin- spray on before moisturising.  It’s made a MASSIVE difference to my Eczema.  Daily Dermaspray intensive, £16.99, Salcura http://bit.ly/29jV82m (10% off your first order)

Aveeno cream:  I have this on prescription now because I go through that much of it but it’s honestly the best moisturiser I’ve used in years!  I really need to switch up my regime a bit but this is an absolute staple.  I use it twice a day religiously and it’s never irritated my skin and has actually made a massive difference to my Eczema.  I could kiss my dermatologist for recommending this!  (See my previous blog post here).  Aveeno cream, £14.69, Boots http://bit.ly/29jZaaX

Let me know if you have any hero products for sensitive skin- I’m always on the scout!

J xx

So the only time I normally add salt to anything is with my poached eggs in the morning.

But over the last few months I keep hearing more and more about bath salts, salt scrubs and the power of the Dead Sea.  After a couple of my chums came back from Israel raving about the Dead sea benefits I decided that I’d look into seeing if there’s any salty goodness (erm…) around that doesn’t affect people with sensitive skin.

Que my discovery of West Lab Mineral Bathing.  As a sensitive little egg I always try and do my research before I splash out on something I’ve never tried before and I’ll admit I’d never even heard of them.

The benefits of sea salts isn’t a new commodity.  They’ve been used for centuries.  West Lab hasn’t quite been around that long, they were established in 2014, but they pride themselves on the quality of their products.   They are a UK company and I was really impressed when I discovered that they have a batch suitable for people with Eczema.  There’s no bleaching involved or use of harsh chemicals in their products and it’s refreshing to find a range that can be used by us sensitive shells.  When you have sensitive skin adding any old thing to your bath is a no-go, and you can forget those beautifully scented bath bombs!  I’m normally more of a shower person (usually because I’m in an eternal rush) and more so because there’s just not much you can add to your bath when you have Eczema.

To begin with I bought the 5kg bag which you can buy online for the sale price of £12.99 here.  The benefits of the salts is
that not only are they relaxing but their mineral content is absorbed through the skin as you soak in the tub.  Potassium balances moisture levels, Calcium is cell-renewing and anti-oxidant and Magnesium soothes and helps balance and repair the skin.  Alongside this Bromides help make that bath even more enjoyable- by relaxing the muscles.

As recommended I added about 1kg of Salts mixed with warm water.  The advice is to bath in water between 37-39 degrees.  I literally have zero idea how hot my bath was but I’m not burning my ass for anyone!  I’d like to be able to say I relaxed with a large Gin, however I was so hot I just nailed a pint of water in the bath instead… I did light one of my favourite candles though- I just adore all the Lilly-Flame range, this time I used their Lavender and Lime scent, which you can purchase here.

Normally if I have a bath my skin always feels really raisiny afterwards (that’s SO not even a word), unless I soak in oil- in which case I normally slip on the floor and vow to use showers forever more.

As a very wary customer I was half expecting to come out of the bath looking like I’d either been dipped in acid, or with no effect whatsoever.  When in fact it was completely the opposite!   This left my skin feeling AMAZING! Even the next morning I felt like my skin was a little less dry. I still moisturised as normal but it wasn’t that frantic ‘grab-the-cream-before-your-skin-falls-off’ scenario.  Anyone with dry skin knows all too well there’s only a short window between bathing and moisturising- miss it and hello lizard skin! I’ve been using the salts for the last couple of weeks, twice a week and I definitely think it’ll become part of my skincare regime.  Plus it forces me to have a bath and actually relax- something I NEVER have time to do.

J xx