Neosporin Eczema Essentials review

Since getting pregnant, my eczema has gotten 10x worse. Pre-pregnancy, I was always able to keep it under control. The itchies were confined to my lower back and while I had a few patches on my arm and neck, for the most part, it was manageable. Lately though, eczema has taken over my chest, parts of my arm and practically my entire back. It’s starting to hurt my feelings but wearing outfits and up do’s in my hair that show off my neck are virtually impossible.

So when I was presented with the opportunity to try Neosporin Eczema Essentials, I jumped to it. Because after all – what harm could it do? My next step was going to the dermatologist AND allergist. I saw a commercial about these products a few weeks ago and Skeptical B was all like, “Yeah yeah…promises to bring fast relief to eczema suffers. Whatever.” And then I got the products in my hands.

There’s a line-up of 3 Eczema Essentials products. The Daily Body Wash, Daily Moisturizing Cream and the Anti-Itch Cream. I’ll review each product individually and then rap on how they work together. I’ve been using these regularly for approximately 2 weeks time.

First up, the Daily Body Wash ($7.99)…

What it says it will do:
This collodial oatmeal skin protectant is proven gentle and non-irritating even on eczema-prone skin. Effectively cleanses even the most dry, sensitive skin. Contains a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend to help retain moisture essential for healthy looking skin.

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Cocoglucoside, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Beheneth 25 Methacrylate Copolymer, PEG 150 Distearate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Propylparaben, Polyquaternium 7, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Shea Butter, Glyceryl Oleate, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Corn Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylene Brassylate, Cis 3 Hexenyl Salicylate, Dihydrocitronellol, Oat Kernel Extract, Cholecalciferol

What I thought:
Like all of the products in the Eczema Essentials line-up, this body wash is fragrance-free. It’s a creamy cleanser that lathers well and rinses thoroughly but doesn’t dry out the skin too much. I didn’t find it to be particularly moisturizing but it didn’t leave my skin super tight after drying off so that’s always a good thing. The price point is about right for a speciality body care product. I think I’m using too much of it because the bottle seems to be getting emptier after only 2 weeks. These thicker and creamier body washes seem to be better for my skin than the clear ones.

 

Daily Moisturizing Cream (about $11)…

What it says it will do:
Clinically shown to relieve itchy skin due to eczema on contact. Shown in a clinical study to be as effective as the leading prescription* (*vs. the leading barrier emulsion in subjects with mild to moderate eczema with twice daily (or as needed) use.) Contains colloidal oatmeal, a skin protectant that helps relieve dryness, itch and irritation due to eczema.

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Panthenol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Ceramide NP, Steareth 20, Oat Kernel Oil, Oat Kernel Extract, Benzalkonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride

What I thought:
Packaging-wise, I would have loved to see more product in this cream. Because of the thick consistency of it, you’re likely to go out of product pretty quickly. Especially if you use it daily. Speaking of consistency, it feels nothing like a traditional lotion. In fact, at first glance, it looks like a creamy vaseline but once you rub it in, it feels like a greasy-less body balm.

Crazy description, I know. It turned me off the first time I used it but somehow it works. It takes some serious elbow grease to get it all over but to extend its use, I find myself only using it on my trouble areas and using coconut oil everywhere else. Of all of the products in this line-up, I found this to be the most effective. It kept the ash away and soothed my eczema. My condition of the skin on my lower back went from all alligator-ish to…smooth. Shocking! The eczema on my neck improved quite a bit too. I chuckled at the “Restores visibly healthier skin in 3 days” plug but I don’t know, y’all…by the 3rd day skin saw some serious improvements. WOW!

Hydrocortisone Anti-itch Cream (about $9)

What it says it will do:
Contains a dual-action formula to provide fast relief of itch flare-ups due to eczema while it moisturizes to restore visibly healthier skin. Clinically shown to improve dryness, flaking and the appearance of redness.


Ingredients:

Water, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Ceteareth 6, Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Edetate Disodium, Methylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Citric Acid, Ethylene Brassylate, Oat Kernel Extract, Dihydrocitronellol, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Cis 3 Hexenyl Salicylate, Sodium Hydroxide

What I thought:
I didn’t actually use this because I’m not sure if hydrocortisone is okay for pregnant women. I’ve been meaning to ask my midwife if it’s okay but forget every time I see her. Either way, I’m going to err on the side of caution and use this after Bean gets here. It looks promising and I can’t wait to see how well it works in conjunction with the other products.

 

Overall:
Having used 2 of the 3 of these products for 3 weeks, I am geeked! I would still like to visit a dermatologist and allergist to see if my eczema could be alleviated in other ways but for now I’m okay with using these products. Especially the cream. I usually tear apart my skin with itching and haven’t been doing so lately. So yep! As a crazy eczema suffer, I would say that Neosporin’s Eczema Essentials line-up is definitely worth the time and investment.

St. Ives eliminates even MORE bad stuffs from their products!

I know many folx think this whole “preservative-free” and “natural skincare” thing is just another way for brands to trick us into thinking we HAVE to buy their products. Many brands tote titles like cruelty-free, all natural and organic to convince us that their products are more superior than the ones that don’t tote these titles. As a skeptic, beauty editor and consumer, I raise a side eye to all of ‘em. But at the same time, I do celebrate when brands claim that they’ve eliminated harmful ingredients from their products. Since I suffer from skin issues that are exacerbated when I use products that are drowned in fragrance, sulfates and other artificial preservatives, I LOVE when brands remove them altogether. Three cheers for St. Ives! And why?

Their scrubs are now sulfate-free. In the past few years, they have also removed parabens and phthalates from their products as well. Way to go St. Ives!

The sulfate-free scrubs include the following:

  • St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
  • St. Ives Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub
  • St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub
  • St. Ives Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub

I’m excited. Now if they add a fragrance-free scrub to their line-up, I’Il be their BFF ‘fo life yo. I’m serious. I know fragrance-free is tough for brands because people love to smell pretty but let’s face it – artificial fragrances can oftentimes be as damaging to skin as phthalates. And don’t even get me started on the migraine triggering they can do. By the way, like all St. Ives products, you can grab these at drugstores nationwide for no more than $6 a bottle.

Are you more likely to use a brand if they claim to be preservative-free? Or are you all about using what works for your skin and lifestyle?

 

Biore’s new look!

Okay, so we all know how ridiculously sensitive my skin is and how I very rarely change up my skincare regimen. But just because I can’t use a product doesn’t mean I don’t want to sound the horn and tell y’all about ‘em. Such is the case with Biore.

Biore has been busy yo! Look at that redesign. This certainly isn’t the Biore that I grew up with but I’m okay with that. The packaging is cleaner, classier and definitely hipper. Fine by me. I haven’t personally tested any of these products but I did want to showcase them for my Biore fans. The best thing about Biore? The fact that they have SO many skincare products for various skincare needs.

4-in-1 Detoxifying Cleanser

This multi-tasking face wash that cuts your routine down to one step, gently removes dirt, oil and makeup from skin without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. The formula cleanses, tones, stimulates and detoxifies to help restore a healthy glow.

 

Steam Activated Cleanser, with SteamActiv™ Beads

Esposo LOVES these kind of cleansers. This invigorates skin with a cooling mint extract complex that contrasts against the warmth of the steam to revitalize the senses.

 

Pore Unclogging Scrub

My fellow acne suffers will dig this one. This creamy pearlized formula is designed to lift away pore-clogging dirt and oil. The cleanser contains spherical exfoliating microbeads that gently remove dull, lifeless surface cells without damaging skin and Salicylic acid to help prevent blackheads and breakouts from forming.

 

Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser

I’ll be holding on to this one for when after Baby Clumps is born. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a warming cleanser! This powerful blackhead-fighting cleanser is formulated with Zeolite, a special mineral clay that warms on contact with water, to help open up pores and clear out dirt, oil and makeup.

 

Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (available in 8 and 14 count nose strips)

Clean a week’s worth of dirt build-up in by using these once a week. The strips are the deepest way to clean pores in just ten minutes.

 

Daily Cleansing Cloths

These ultra-convenient, pre-moistened wipes are infused with grapefruit and pomegranate. Each cloth is double-sided, featuring a textured side for mild exfoliation and a smooth side to wipe skin clean.

 

These products are moderately priced between $5.99-$11.99. The pore strips are the most expensive of the bunch but you can score the cleanser for close to nothing at $5.99. I’ve seen these products are over drugstores and you can scoop ‘em up at Drugstore.com.

Any Biore lovas in the house?

15 Melbourne: All Natural Skincare

Natural skincare lovers – I’ve discovered another brand that I think you’ll love. There’s a special place in my heart for brands that who pride themselves on using natural ingredients. Many have jumped the bandwagon but there are only a few that have done it well.

File 15 Melbourne under “pretty spectacular”. I’ve only tried a few products from the line but color me impressed. Let’s start with a product that I know all too well.

Castile soap! I’ve raved over this magical stuff for years. I use it for EVERYTHING. Regrettably, I had to stop using it for my skin a while back (it can be too drying for us eczema suffers) but castile soap has a gajillon other uses. How does this compare to Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap? The difference is the formula. Castile soap is made from 100% olive oil and Dr. Bonners uses a blend of oils but it’s not true castile soap.

I find them to be pretty comparable in look, feel and overall performance. 15 Melbourne’s 16 oz bottle runs for $15 and I believe Dr. Bronner’s is a little less than that. If you’re not familiar with castile soap, please oh please introduce yourself to it. This stuff is fantastic for body and hair as well as using as a cleaning agent for household chores. There really isn’t anything it can’t do. And since I’m a fan of lavender, I just love how relaxing and calming this smells.

Lavender & Chamomile Creamy Shea Butter Soap ($5)

Bar soap lovers rejoice! This bar of soap is currently sitting in my guest bathroom and the gal pals that come to visit can’t stop complimenting me on it. If you’re not a fan of lavender (I know many aren’t), you’ll appreciate how lightly scented this is. In fact, both the lavender and chamomile are subdued. Which is nice. This soap gives off a very nice and creamy lather.

Unlike many bar soaps, it doesn’t leave the hands and body streaky clean but cleansed and moisturized instead.

Organic Whipped Shea Butter-Pink Grapefruit ($7.50)

Oooooh how I adore shea butter! Especially white shea butter. I find it to be less nutty in smell in comparison to yellow shea butter. While I’m okay with my shea butters being fragrance-free the subtle whiff of pink grapefruit bodes well with me. It’s really hard to scent shea butter so it isn’t a prominent smell. The pink grapefruit really doesn’t last long on the skin but it smells pretty and citrus-y at first application.

Peppermint Lip Butter ($5)

Oooh la laaaaa. While I’m not a fan of dipping my fingers into lip products, I have actually just take this tin and rub the product over my lips. I’m not sure how much more sanitary that is but hey….it works. The primary ingredients of this lippy are shea and mango butters, argan and avocado oil. Oh, and that decadent essential peppermint oil too. It feels divine on the lips and I find myself using it more than my beloved Sugar Lip Balm. It works beautifully as a base for lipsticks too.

15 Melbourne has a ton of lovely homemade products and I think most have a nice price point. I love supporting smaller independent brands so it was my honor to feature this brand. I love how a great deal of the products are unscented and I’d also love to see some more products in their line-up. Maybe a natural body splash and body oil? Hmmm…

Check out 15 Melbourne and if you make any purchases, tell ‘em B from Clumps of Mascara sent you!

The NEW Clarisonic Aria. My wallet groans…

I have a love/hate relationships with Clarisonic. And I’m not ashamed to admit this either. We all know why I LOVE the brand. I’ve publicly bragged about them  more times than I can count. I’ve purchased the Mia, played with the Plus and swooned over the Mia 2’s newest colors. Any time I’m asked about my favorite skincare products, I tell folx to save their pennies and get a Clarisonic.

So how I can hate Clarisonic at the same time? Because these magicians keep coming out with MORE Clarisonics that I feel like I HAVE to purchase. And just how in the world do you justify having more than one Clarisonic? How? You can’t. And for that I both scoff and jump for joy every time I see a Clarisonic doused in a new shade. And in this case…an entirely new brush.

Her name is Aria. A beautiful name for such a beautiful device. These press photos don’t do her any justice but she’s a beaut. And she’s glossy. Glossy! That’s like a synonym for glitter. Beauty lovers love glossy and glittery packaging.

Check out some of the specs of Lady Aria herself…

  • three speeds make for a variety of customizable cleansing options
  • an illuminated bezel indicates speed selection as well as pause and charging modes
  • a USB enabled p-Link charger allows you to recharge Aria
  • the convertible drying stand, which can be used on your sink or in your shower, converts into a charging cradle by simply attaching the pLink charger
  • beautifully modern high-gloss finish
  • two-year warranty ensures longevity

 

Dude, this chick is fancy yo. She comes with a USB charger and an illuminated bezel? I mean…wow. Priced at $199, she sits comfortably between the Mia ($119) and the Plus ($225). *sigh* I hate that I feel like I need it. I hate that I’ll be dreaming about this bloody thing until it’s in my possession. But I love that it exists.

The Clarisonic Aria is currently available online and in Sephora stores. For Clarisonic lovers who are like me and can never say “no”, give my condolences  to your wallet.

 

Willa Naturals: Natural skincare for tweens.

Inspired by the delicate skin of her preteen, Christy Prunier has launched a natural skincare line of products just for the preteens and teens of the world. And the name of the brand is Willa!

Dear Mama Clumps,
How come you never developed a skincare line and named it after me? I guess it’s never too late to start. Bee’s Lippies, maybe? Let’s think about it.
XOXO,
B

Seriously though – what a cool concept, uh? I mean think about it – you’re 10, 11, 12 or 13…you don’t know much about skincare but you do realize you should be doing more than just splashing water on it at night. What do you use? Your Mom’s face wash has anti-aging properties splattered all over it and your younger sister’s products are for babies. And come on…you’re not a baby. And hence why Willa was born!

I think this line absolutely fills the market of young girls who are taking baby steps into skincare. And I just love that the brand omits the yucky ingredients It’s a paraben-free, cruelty-free and sulfate-free brand. I got to play around with the foaming cleanser and moisturizer. I wanted to use them and tap into my 11-year old self. Would I have used this back then?

Foaming Face Wash ($11 for 5.1 fl oz)

Developed to be a gentle face wash, the goal is simple: it helps to remove dirt from the skin. That’s it. And that’s really all a preteen needs in a face wash, right? The foaming action makes it easy to not over-distribute and it’s fun!

My 11-year old self would have had a ball with this. Scent-wise, I picked up on a ton of lavender but it’s not an overwhelming but pleasant enough for the young girls. I can appreciate that it doesn’t smell too kiddy. I would have cried if this smelled like bubblegum or somethin’ like that. Ick.

Clear Face Moisturizer ($11.50 for 1 fl oz)

While I think the packaging for this kid is a bit too small, I love the concept behind this moisturizer. Unlike most moisturizers on the market it isn’t super creamy or heavy. It’s a lightweight serum and has aloe, grape seed extract and has eucalyptus throughout. Genius! This is exactly what preteen skin needs. And by lightweight, they mean lightweight…

Of course my troubled skin requires more but this is perfect for the younger girlies. I love the scent on this one as it is very faint and dissipates after application. The moisturizer sinks in the skin but doesn’t feel oily or greasy.

What an adorable brand! The packaging is right up the alley of the preteens of the world and I think the products I’ve tried are pretty stellar. The price point is a little higher than what a parent may want to pay for but I’ll be one of those mommies that stresses healthy hygiene and so an investment of a “good” brand of skincare products is worth it to me.

Willa also has an Acne Spot Treatment Click Pen, Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30, Face Towelettes, Cucumber Masks, Body Lotion and cutesy glosses. Everything is under $17.50 so parents won’t be breaking the bank if their daughters (or sons) develop a Willa obsession.

Adorable, right? You can scoop up Willa products online and at select Target sotres and J.Crew’s.

 

Okay, admit it – who else wasn’t thinking about healthy skin betwen the ages of 10 and 13? Anyone?

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?

Giveaway! Softsoap Vineyard Escape Relaxation Package!

Yep, it’s still the giveaway season and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Hope you beautiful people don’t mind. As y’all know – I am a lover of fragrance-free and naturally-fragranced products. I’ve been this way for a few years and it’s not because I don’t like smelling pretty, because I do. But, I’ve found that heavily scented fragrances not only make me nauseous at times but can contribute to my horrible migraines. And so I got rid of my of bottles of eau de toilette, super smelly lotions and soaps and swapped them for products without scents. Which, okay, is not fun but I’m in a happier place without dealing with overwhelming scents.

However, I know most women enjoy pretty smells and that’s why I continue to review and feature products that I’m sure most ladies would love. Like this Softsoap Vineyard Escape body wash.

I love love LOVE when body washes have a scrub built-in. In this case, this body wash has exfoliating fruit seeds (I wonder what fruit…) and they do a fantastic job at cleansing the skin while exfoliating it. This body wash is all about indulging in the moment. Y’know…forgetting that you’ve got a thousand emails to check, dinner to cook and doggies to walk. The bathtub is a sacred place and I’m all for truly relaxing up in there.

Scent-wise, I don’t have too many aversions to this one. It’s got a sweet smell that doesn’t linger for hours at a time. It’s a refreshing body wash for those who have an affinity towards fruity fragrances.

Softsoap is going to gift one Clumps of Mascara reader with the following:

-Softsoap Vineyard Escape Scrub
-A sweet smellin’ candle
-A plush loofah

Yes girls ‘n guys…it’s a nice little package for you to take a few minutes to indulge yourself. How can you win this? I’ll be choosing one U.S.-based reader who has left a comment on any blog post in the past 2 weeks. It’s that easy! If you’ve been a commentin’, you’re already covered.

I’ll be announcing the winner on Wednesday, August 22nd!

Good lucky, duckies!

 

[Giveaway winner has been selected]