Oooh, mummy, your eczema looks sore! – JD, 5
The cold hates my skin and my skin hates the cold. Really HATES it. I definitely need to drink more water, but really, my eczema gets a sniff of sub-zero temperatures and it’s off wreaking havoc, cracking my knuckles and leaving my skin red and raw.
The latest product to cross my desk promising to protect my skin is the Rose Balm Intense for Very Dry Hands & Nails from Lanolips. The theory is that you apply this lanolin rich hand cream before putting on your gloves and stepping out into the cold, and it will keep hands soft and nourished.
So what are my thoughts? Well, it’s not a miracle cure, but I do like it. You need very little to get a decent covering, so the price (£5.99 for 25ml) is very reasonable. It smells nice, although it inevitably has those lanolin greasey notes, and it goes on smoothly and then sinks in within a few minutes.
If your hands are already chapped, it won’t instantly make them baby soft, but in my experience that’s a good thing. Moisturisers that soften weakened skin often just water-log it, meaning that once that moisture wears off, you’re in a worse situation that you were before. This balm is all about protecting your hands and helping them heal.
I have to confess I am terrible at keeping my gloves on but the cream is definitely helping keep the eczema at bay so I’d recommend giving it a go if you’re not allergic to lanolin or any of the other ingredients. It’s available at Boots nationwide and selected Waitrose.
Also in my package from Lanolips was the Radiance Phyto-Active 85% Organic Body Butter, which, in my highly scientific opinion, is totally lush. It smells lovely (mainly of rose) and is light and soothing. I applied it to one arm and not the other right after a shower and the difference could be seen and felt all day – it truly refreshed and brightened my skin.
Apparently, these positive effects are all down to the extract of Tonka beans, a known optical brightener, Argan oil, which ‘leaves the skin smooth, toned and glowing’, Shea Butter and Kaolin, which provide a range of natural minerals and vitamins to repair and protect the skin whilst reducing collagen loss and increasing the production of fibroblasts, Aloe Vera, which is a soothing anti-inflammatory, and Rose Absolute oil, which aids in the repair of damaged capillaries and help to keep skin more moisturised.
Again, the body butter is reasonably priced at £15.95 for a 150ml glass jar, available at www.nourishskinrange.com, Planet Organic, Being Content and at www.Feelunique.com, www.activebeauty, naturisimo.com and Misebeauty.com in the ROI.
Disclosure: I was sent the items described above for the purposes of this review. No payment was received. All posts are 100% honest.