Wednesday 30 June 2010

Skin deep

I have been cursed with super sensitive skin. I get eczema, rosacea and urticaria. It's not fun, but something I rarely think about now as it's the way it's always been. Most products irritate my skin, so I always mainly just use boring old sorbolene or QV.

When I was a teen, I went to fancy facials using expensive French products which I was told was 'perfect for sensitive skin' and I would walk out with my face red and on fire. This would last for days. Eventually gave up my quest for 'grown up beauty' and stuck to the old boring stuff.

Even most natural products make my skin burn, especially if they have any kind of essential oil in it. So sweetly scented doesn't happen too much in this household.

Since my girls were born I haven't ever used much product on them besides some fragrance-free shampoo every now and then and Johnson's Fragrance-free wipes. At many times during my adult life, I have used Johnson's Baby Shampoo as it doesn't react with my scalp and when my scalp is irritated is generally the only one I can use. So when Kidspot Baby Club sent me a hamper of Johnson's Baby products to trial I was interested to check them out.

The three products in the hamper that I would feel confident purchasing were the Johnson's Baby Soothing Naturals Moisture-Rich Bath, it didn't react to my skin and the girls' skin was really moisturised after their bath. The Soothing Naturals Daily Moisturiser, it has an SPF 15 and was nice on my skin, I would actually use it on myself probably more often than my kids. The fragrance-free wipes have always been a staple in the house, I have always loved their texture and they never irritate the girls.

I still probably won't buy skin products for my girls that often as I think nothing beats sorbolene, but every once in a while it's nice. Though, I will still probably be washing my hair with Johnson's Baby Shampoo when I'm 80!

Do you suffer from sensitive skin? Do you struggle to find products that make you feel good?


  1. Ergh I've got crappy skin too. I've never had a facial before so I'm not sure how that would go. I opt for the more plain, basic products like sorbolene too. I do use other stuff when it's been bought for me though

  2. Have you tried Moogoo products? They're fantastic. Especially the goat's milk soap.

    Alternatively, you could make your own. Almond meal+milk=scrub. Turmeric+chickpea flour+rosewater=cleanser. Drop of almond oil = serum.


    I buy this stuff for my girls. It's cheap, you can get it in Woolies and I love that their packaging is biodegradable too.

  4. I have sensitive skin too, and love the Moo Goo range, and Natural Instincts, though it has a lot of essential oil ingridients, but my skin loves it.
    After battling for ages and trying a million different things for cradle cap, I tried some pretty "out there" advice and haven't washed her hair with any sort of shampoo/soap for about 6 months. Jus tget washed with water. The cradle cap cleared up in 2 months, her hair is still shiny and clean, though I don't put any product in it, and just spray it with water to brush it (it' v curly and fine). Sometimes the best thing you can do is just leave it alone!!

  5. I've carefully crafted a skincare regime that doesn't irritate my skin, and I get so frustrated when a product that I use gets discontinued. I'm currently hunting out a new day cream. I snaffled a few samples of Dermalogica skin smoothing cream and it seems to be going well (it isn't fragranced either). But yeah, QV wash in the shower, Alpha Keri cream to keep the eczema at bay, and Alpha Keri oil to deal with the winter itches (smells nice too).


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