The day a body wash changed my skin…for the better!

Lately my skin has been making me cry. And sorry y’all – I don’t feel all that petty about crying over skin. It doesn’t mean I’m vain. It just means that if my skin isn’t in perfect condition at any given moment – I’m liable to drop tears over it. Which seems fair, right?

No? Oh. Welllssss, along with my Eurcerin Healthy Skin Challenge, I’ve been using products that have been specifically recommended to me by  a Eucerin dermatologist. We had a Skype meeting and she was so sweet just listening to me complain about the eternal wreck that is my skin. I told her about my acne, eczema/dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, perpetual dry skin and the hormonal imbalances due to pregnancy. She listened intently and recommended that I try these two products.

Also known as the Skincare Dream Team. Beautiful, aren’t they?

Say hello to Eucerin Skin Calming Dry Skin Body Wash ($7.99).

First of all, this is my first time trying a body wash like this. Yes, I know I’m Ms. Naturalista Who Likes To Make Her Own Soap but my homemade bar soaps have been getting less and less attention since I’ve tried this. Simply put: this body wash is freaking awesome. First of all, it actually MOISTURIZES the skin. And it’s fragrance-free.

Although I grew up using body washes, I’ve had to stop using most of them because no matter how much they claim to moisturize the skin, they really don’t. At least not for my skin. Most body washes makes my eczema worse and so I’m left battling cleansed skin but insanely itchy and dry skin. The inclusion of oils in this body wash has me doing cartwheels because at initial glance and touch, I can see and feel said oil…

On the skin, it lathers nicely and so I feel like I’m getting a good cleanse but after rinsing, my skin doesn’t feel streaky clean. Instead, the oil seems to sink in. Wow! And yes, it IS fragrance-free but I can get a whiff of a faint “natural oil” smell. It doesn’t bother me but if you aren’t used to oils, it may throw you off a bit. Then again I’d rather smell like oils than like a field of artificial flowers. I’m just sayin’…

I can’t sing enough praises about this body wash. I just…can’t. I hope Eucerin never stops making it. And I’m not the only one lovin’ this stuff. Just check out the reviews.

And then there’s the Skin Calming Itch Relief Treatment body lotion ($7.99).

Eucerin is following suit with many other brands to help target those of us who have not only dry skin but super itchy skin as well. I’ve tried several commercial brands and have a favorite so I was curious to see how Eucerin Skin Calming Itch Relief Treatment could sway me. The claims seem impressive enough.

…and I like the inclusion of menthol; which I know can provide a nice and cooling feeling. Consistency-wise, I would have liked the lotion to have been on the thicker side.

But it isn’t watery like most drugstore lotions are, so I’m not complaining. The menthol effect does kick in after slathering it on the skin and it feels really nice. My skin always feels completely moisturized when I use it. I tend to only use the lotion on my problem areas (neck and back) and moisturize everywhere else with coconut oil. It works surprisingly well!

I’ve been using these 2 products for a week now and while I am head over heels in love with the body wash, I will continue using both for optimal results. My eczema is still around and I’m not sure it will ever completely disappear, as it is a chronic skin disease, but I love that I’m not so itchy and flaky.

Any other eczema suffers in the house? And have you ever heard of an oil-based body oil?

St Ives’ newest: Naturally Smooth Body Lotion

We all know our how much I love St. Ives. And I mean, I LOVE St. Ives. Even more so now that they’ve become paraben-free. My eczema-ridden skin sings praises. I’ve tried several of St. Ives lotions and I am excited to announce that they are adding a new kid to the crew.

According to St. Ives, “Formulated with a natural, fruit-derived AHA complex, the dual-action, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly to provide intense hydration while a multi-fruit blend with alpha hydroxies gently exfoliates skin by promoting cell turnover. Perfect for all skin types, Naturally Smooth Body Lotion works to improve texture, revealing fresher, smoother and younger looking skin – naturally!”



Like all of the newly formulated St. Ives lotions, this one feels absolutely wonderful on the skin.

Aaaand, the paraben-free formula means that my skin won’t have to go haywire shortly after application. I’m not the biggest fan of this fragrance though. While it isn’t overpowering, it doesn’t smell THAT good. It has a plasic-y/fruity smell. The good news is that is dissipates quickly and is virtually hard to sniff once on your skin. Woot!

My skin does 10x better with products that aren’t heavily scented and loaded with synthetic ingredients. Which is why St. Ives is one of my top drugstore-friendly skincare lines.Them being super cheap has something to do with it too. ;) Because I’ve only been using this for a few weeks, I can’t really speak on if my skin has improved or not. My guess would be that it would take a good month or so to determine that. The good news is, because this lotion feels good all over and is great at ash bashin’, the likeliness of me using it to actually see results is pretty high. It’s getting a little colder ‘roun these parts and this lotion will be one of the ones in my stash.

Any St. Ives lovers in the house?

Want skin that smells like Strawberries & Milkshake?

Look at that pretty body butter thingy. It’s darling, uh? I’ve been spotting I Love… Cosmetics and have kept my eyes on their cutesy pieces. Popular and well known in the UK Canada, the brand I Love… reminds me of someone. Philosophy, that’s who! With similar packaging and flavor-esqe scents, I was hoping that I Love..’s products were just as nice as Philosophy’s.

Good news is, they kinda are. I tested the Moisturizing Body Butter ($7.99) and while I’m not a fan of fruity scents, I have to admit, it smells pretty good. And the consistency is whippy and creamy.

The Strawberries & Milkshake scent is pretty dead on but it isn’t overpowering. It lightly scents the skin but won’t leave you smelling like a strawberry field and dairy farm. The body butter feels good on the skin too.

It isn’t watery and sinks into the skin nicely. While this isn’t a butter that I could regularly wear (you know, with my skin issues and all), this will make for a perfect holiday gift for my sisters. I Love… also has other fantastic scents like Blueberries & Smoothie, Coconut & Cream, Mango & Papaya and Raspberry & Blackberry. They also have a slew of other lovely goodies including shower gels, hand creams and balms.

Keep your eyes peeled for this kid. Duane Reade, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS  should ‘em.

Eczema sucks but Curel saves the day!

You know how some people have that super soft almost baby soft kind of skin? Yeah well…that ain’t me. In fact, my skin, for most of the year, is usually attacking me. With what, you ask? Gee, where to start? From the acne on my face, to the hypergimentation on my chest, the eczema on my arms and dermatitis down my back, you would think that with all of pampering I give my skin, it would act right soooome of the time. But no. The good thing is, I’ve managed to get my eczema under control thanks to Curel’s Itch Defense.

When it comes to lotions, I am picky beyond picky. I can’t just put anything on my sensitive skin. I usually opt for grapeseed oil in the summer and shea butter in the winter simply because I know they’ll keep my skin moisturized throughout the day. What they won’t do, however, is keep the super itchy skin at bay. But I know what will!

Even a picky gal like myself can get down with this lotion.

This fragrance-free lotion has managed to keep the itches and flaky skin that is mine at bay. How this is even possible is beyond me! I’ve used dermatologist-recommended products that didn’t work. Itch Defense has been so dynamic that I’ve even overlooked the ingredients list.

Again, the lotion snob that is me is careful about what she puts on her skin and while I usually like to go for paraben-free products, I have found so much relief with Itch Defense that I really don’t even care. My experience with many drugstore lotions that promise to alleviate itchy skin is that a lot of them are watery. Not Itch Defense.

 

It’s a creamy and fluffy lotion that not only feels soothing but lasts throughout the day.

Impressive. Curel’s lotions are usually more expensive than most drugstore lotions and this one is no exception. But $7.99 is just a small price for such an amazing and healing lotion. I’ve already purchased 2 more just to make sure that I don’t run out. Yep, it’s that serious.

Where are my eczema suffers? Have you tried any lotions from Curel?