Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A tan that works for eczema prone dry and sensitive skin

Since my eczema has started to become worse and worse, one product I have really struggled to use is fake tan.

I am ridiculously pale, so when I go out somewhere nice, I do not feel ready without a tan. Due to my skin becoming increasingly sensitive, I seem to react to any of my usual fake tans like St Tropez and Garnier. My skin seems to be covered in dry and red rashes within hours of me applying fake tan.

I decided to try the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion to see whether a gradual tan would work better with my skin.

The gradual tan claims to build and maintain a natural looking tan with 24 hour moisture. The lotion is made with a special combination of pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to keep skin looking beautiful with a natural-looking glow.

I apply the lotion all over my skin and it sinks in immediately, which is a bonus as I hate having to wait around for ages for my tan to dry. The lotion smells beautifully of cocoa butter which again is a bonus compared to the usual 'biscuit' smell of fake tan.

I notice my skin darkening usually after around 5 hours. My skin looks so naturally bronzed and so healthy looking. I really was surprised with how good this actually turned out.

I find just one application gives me enough glow for day to day normal life, rather than applying it every day. I only apply it two days in a row if I am going on a night out where I want a darker looking tan. This really took me buy surprise as I usually find gradual tanners take days and days of continual use to even show a slight tan on my skin.

I will be using this now every week to keep my skin glowing throughout the summer. My skin is left lovely and soft with not one dry patch or rash in sight.

I do love this fake tanning product but would love to find an organic product next time if possible. If you are aware of any, please let me know.

Have you tried this before?

Love Lauren

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Snail Gel is good for your skin?

I have tried out a variety of different products from Dr Organic and have loved everything I have tried so far. About 8 weeks ago, I was browsing through my local Holland and Barrett at the Dr Organic range and came across the Organic Snail Gel Anti-Aging Facial Serum.

The serum claims to restore, soothe and nourish your skin. It also claims to improve your skin's hydration by 32% after 4 weeks of use, now if you have read my posts before you will know that I have very dry skin, so anything that will help hydrate my skin is a  product I want to try. It is free from parabens, SLS, mineral oil and silicones. No SLS = a happy Lauren.

The serum contains Helix Aspersa Muller secretion, which helps with the restoration of damaged tissue whilst replenishing moisture. It sounded too good to not try, so I had to buy it.

I tested it out every day for just over a month. I applied it after my toner and before my facial moisturiser and facial oil. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and moisturised it is unreal. I need all the help I can get with moisturising my skin as it is very very dry, and this really does the trick. It has such a lovely lemony scent to it and the serum sinks in to your skin instantly.

I do not know whether I would say my skin has increased in hydration by 32% after 4 weeks though, as Dr Organic claims, I would say it is pretty much the same as it was before. It is a little expensive compared to other Dr Organic products but isn't that badly priced for facial serum. I will keep using this but I wouldn't say it is one of my holy grail of products, it is just nice when I want a quick moisture boost.

If you want to try this yourself, you can buy it here for £18.99.

Has anyone else tried this before? What serum do you use?

Love Lauren

Sunday, 12 June 2016

My Current Favourite Facial Cream

As you will have read in my previous post here about my favourite facial creams for dry and sensitive skin, you will have seen that one of the creams that I mentioned was the Vichy Nutrilogie 2 intense cream for very dry skin. I mentioned that this was a pretty new cream to me and I would therefore review the cream properly after using it for a few weeks.

The cream states it is to help tightness, rough and dry skin and the feeling of discomfort that can be caused by a lack of hydration. This fits my skin type perfectly! The cream claims to be enriched with spingo-lipids related to ceramides naturally present in the skin. It contains encapsulated vegetable oils and Shea butter.

The results of using the cream is that the tightness of the skin feels reduced, dry skin is nourished with moisture for 24 hours, leaving the skin's dryness reduced by 43%.

Do I agree with the claims made by Vichy above? I actually do. I would actually go to the extent of stating that the cream is the most hydrating cream I have ever used. It is currently my number one reached for facial cream. The only problem is that it does contain fragrance which I am not impressed about but it hasn't caused my sensitive skin any irritation from it.

The cream even works great as a primer due to the fact that glycerin is the second listed ingredient on the ingredients list. I apply to my skin, leave it to sink in for a couple of minutes before applying my MAC Studio Sculpt foundation.

Have you tried this before? Do you have any creams you know are good for very dry skin?

Love Lauren

Thursday, 9 June 2016

My perfect non-sls handwash

Since I stopped using products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, one product I have really struggled to find without SLS in it is hand wash. 

For months and months I just had to use organic soap to wash my hands with. I never thought I could actually miss handwash until I could no longer use it. This was until I came across the Senspa nourishing hand wash in Waitrose. 

It is 97% natural and contains organic argan oil, jasmine, cedarwood and ylang and claims to nourish and pamper tired hands. 

It smells absolutely amazing and despite the lack of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, it foams up amazingly giving me beautiful smelling soft hands! 

If like me you are trying to avoid products vibrating Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, give this a go. It is only £5.50 from Waitrose here

Do you use a non SLS handwash? If so, please let me know so I can add it to my items to try out. 

Love Lauren

Saturday, 4 June 2016

A Magical Oil

I have never tried anything from Nuxe before and when I came across their range in Boots, I thought I would give one of their products out seeing as a girl from work constantly raves on about Nuxe.

I picked up the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil for £17.00. It is a multi-purpose dry oil for face, body and hair. It claims to have a unique high concentration of 6 precious botanical oils (Almond, Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, St. John's Wort and Camellia) and Vitamin E which is quickly absorbed for silky-smooth skin and beautifully glossy hair in a single step.

I have been using this oil now for a couple and months and I seriously can not get enough of it and despite how much I have been using it, I still have over half the bottle left!

You can use the oil in so many different ways. My most common use of the oil, is to use during my evening skincare routine. After toning my face, I warm up two drops of the oil in the palm of my hand before applying to my face before my moisturiser. It works just as good when mixed with moisturiser before applying to your face too for an extra moisture boost. It also dries instantly and is not greasy at all compared to most other oils I have tried, it literally 'dries' on my skin instantly.

For a once a week hair treat, apply the oil to the ends of your hair after washing and conditioning your hair, leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing out and your hair will be ever so shiny afterwards.

Not only do the above uses make buying the oil worthwhile, you can also apply it down the front of your shins to give your legs that extra 'wow factor' for your night out with the girls, mix it with foundation to give a radiant complexion, use it to keep your cuticles in top condition or put a few drops in your bath for a luxurious bath leaving your skin super smooth and soft.

Have you tried this before? How do you use it?

Love Lauren