Tuesday, 31 May 2016

My mini TK Maxx haul

I popped to TK Maxx the other day to have a look at their yoga mats, on the way in you walk past the beauty section which as I am sure most of you are the same, I get very easily distracted by it! 

After having a quick browse, I came across the Good Things Manuka Honey Refining Scrub. I noticed straight away that the scrub was free from parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and mineral oils. Which if you have read my posts before, will know that instantly made me pick it up. It was also a mere £2.99. Bargain!

The other item I picked up was the Sukin Moisture Restoring Shampoo for dry and damaged hair. This product is also sulphate, mineral oil and paraben free and claims to contain soothing aloe vera and chamomile to de-tangle the hair with rose hip, burdock and proteins to condition and strengthen. It was only £6.99 for 500ml!

I will let you know what I think of both products once I have been using them for a while to thoroughly test them out. 

I got so excited coming across such cheap non Sodium Lauryl Sulphate products that I completely forgot to even look at the yoga mats. Oh well, another excuse to pop in there again I think.

Have you tried either of these products? Does anyone have any good non Sodium Lauryl Sulphate shampoos and conditioners they would recommend?

Love Lauren

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Natural Skincare is my favourite type of present

My boss clearly listens to me when I rant on and on about my skin at work. For my birthday a couple of months ago he surprised me with some natural skincare products as my present. 

The items were from a local natural homemade skincare shop in Stourbridge, West Midlands called Natroma.

First of all is the Natroma Facial Cleanser which is a gentle cleansing cream which not only removes make up and dirt but also hydrates the skin. I apply it to my face before removing with a hot muslin cloth. It leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and the natural ingredients do not irritate my sensitive skin at all. 

Next up is the Natroma Organic Hydrolat Toner. I tend to just spray this straight on to my face most the time and wait for the toner to dry before applying my facial cream. The rosehip oil in this leaves me skin so fresh and hydrated. On very hot or irritated facial skin days, I often carry this in my handbag and spray my face throughout the day to keep my skin feeling cool and calm. 

The final product I received is Natroma Concentrated Moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin. Upon applying the cream my skin feels lovely and smooth. However, due to my skin being extremely dry, this cream just doesn't keep my skin hydrated for long enough for my liking. I think this is more tailored for people with combination to dry skin, rather than someone with extremely dry skin like me. I have had to pass this product to my mother who absolutely adores it as it is more suited to her skin. 

Once I have finished using the cleanser and toner, I will definitely be buying more. I had never heard of the shop before but I am so happy I have managed to find a natural home-made skincare shop so near where I live, i can't wait to try out more of Natroma's skincare products. 

If you want to have a look at their products and do not live in the West Midlands, then have a look at their website here and you can have any item delivered to you.

Love Lauren

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

My Skin Update

I haven't updated you on my skin for a while now. I initially started my skin condition updates when I first used Aqueous Cream and had a major reaction to it. My initial post is here if you missed it. Every week following this, I updated my readers with my skin condition after giving up all beauty products that contained Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

As a quick background story, I have eczema and very sensitive on my face and body which has suddenly become worse in the last 2 years. As well as giving up products containing Sodium Lauryl Suplhate, I also started taking vitamins and seeds 6 weeks ago to see whether they helped my skin improve at all. If you want to see what I have been taking, have a look at my post here.

My skin has improved dramatically. I rarely have flaky skin anymore and my redness is very much reduced, as you will see from my photo above (sorry for the no make up but that is the only way I can show my skin condition completely). I now have a 'bad skin day' probably twice a week compared to every day which I suffered from previously. When my skin does flare up, it is still nowhere near as bad as it used to be though and can usually be covered up with a good moisturiser and foundation.

I have forgotten/been unable to take my tablets a couple of days over the last few weeks and when I do my skin does have a 'bad day' the following day, so something must be helping me dramatically. The next step will be to reduce each product I use one by way to see which ones are actually helping my skin. I will obviously keep you updated as to what I discover.

All in all, I am very happy with my improved skin condition, I just hope one day it will clear up completely. Fingers crossed aye.

If you have any other recommendations for what can help my eczema/sensitive skin, let me know in the comments below.

Love Lauren

Sunday, 22 May 2016

My favourite facial moisturisers for dry and sensitive skin

First of all, as you may have known, I have had a month break from blogging due to work commitments and going away on holiday. I haven't had the opportunity or time to actually be able to put my all in to my page. I am back now though and have really missed the blogging world. 

Let's get to it then. If you are not already aware, I have eczema and therefore suffer with sensitive and very dry skin. The amount of creams and lotions I have tried to combat my dry skin is ridiculous. 

I therefore will share with you today my current four favourite face creams that I find actually calm down my irritated skin and combat my very dry skin at the same time. 

I would probably say my favourite is the Embryolisse Lait-creme concentrate. I have already written a full review on the cream here. Considering it is actually for all skin types, this cream leaves my skin feeling moisturised and is even perfect to use as a primer too. The only criticism is that I do seem to get through 75ml tube about every 6 weeks but I do moisturise a lot to keep my skin as smooth and radiant as possible. 

My newest facial cream is the Vichy Nutrilogie 2 facial cream for very dry skin. I  am not sure if this is because it's my newest product but this is the cream I am reaching to the most at the moment. It leaves my skin so hydrated it is unreal. I will obviously fill you in more about this cream once I have been using it for at least a month but so far, I love it. 

After seeing the Dr Organic Manuka Honey Cream mentioned on quite a few different blog sites and YouTube videos as being great for eczema, I couldn't not pick this up. I have used quite a few Dr Organic products before but never any of their facial creams. First off I absolutely adore the smell!! The cream is a rich restoring emollient which is safe to use on dry, sensitive and irritated skin. I find this cream so soothing! It isn't as hydrating as the two creams above, so when I have very very bad dry skin days, I will use a different cream but if my eczema has flared up and my skin is very sensitive and red, this is a life saver. 

Last but not least on my list is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair cream. It claims to give intense hydration for dry parched skin. My Mom actually had this in one of her beauty boxes and gave it to me as her skin isn't as dry as mine. Again i still don't find it as hydrating as the first two I have mentioned but on normal-dry skin days this is perfect and feels so lightweight on my skin. As this is a newish cream I think I need to test it out a little more before providing you will a complete review as out of all four creams I would say I have used this the least but it is still great for both moderately dry skin and sensitive skin. 

These four creams are my favourite by far at the moment, much better than the creams prescribed to me by my doctor or the hospital. It feels great to actually have found creams I want to continue using. 

Have you used any of the above? Do you have any recommendations as to a good facial cream? 

Love Lauren