Monday 8 August 2016

A fix for sensitive skins

I've long shared my skin issues on here, as a way of release and to show support for other sensitive types or psoriasis sufferers, and I know that when it comes to little ones, sensitive skin is a common issue.

From the day we know we are going to have our children, we take care when choosing what to use and to consume so as to take the very best care of them. And this doesn't change when they are in the world, either; everything we use on them or feed them is chosen carefully.

Over the past three and a bit years, I've tried various different body washes and creams meant for little ones. It's instinct when they're young, to choose gentle washes. Baby skin is the softest thing in the world and I don't know about you, but I spent a lot of time applying lotions and oils to Ethan's skin. We did baby massage from around six weeks old and it was a great chance for baby-mama bonding, and even now, Ethan asks me to put cream on his back and just last night asked for me to rub cream in from head to toe - perhaps he remembers those early days?

As he's grown up, Ethan's proved to be a sensitive type just like me. Nothing too bad, but he does have a little bumps up and down his arms, which we're told are nothing to worry about (we think it's the common skin condition keratosis pilaris, or 'chicken skin'), he often has red rashes or marks that come up out of nowhere and he can scratch himself something rotten sometimes.

It's usually when he has his nappy changed, or when he gets in the bath; he sits there, scratching his legs and bottom. Even clothes labels irritate him sometimes and with the warmer weather, he can get heat rash. Plus, the other week, he had a strange reaction - we think to the suncream applied at preschool - and his poor forehead became all red and bumpy.

He has such soft, soft unspoilt skin still and seeing him with any irritations or hear him saying "Mummy, put some cream on me, my back is sore" breaks my heart.

All this has meant I've tried to find gentle wash solutions for him to be as kind to his skin as possible and not irritate his skin any further.

And the latest products we've tried - and loved - come from Skinfix.

I first tried their adult range a short while ago, and swear by their eczema balm, and now the baby version is a go-to product for any dry patches on Ethan.

The adult range I've been using is gentle enough for little ones too, so I have been using this whenever Ethan has complained of sore skin, but we were kindly sent some of the new baby range to try out and this has quickly become part of our routine with Ethan over the past couple of months.

I can't recommend the Gentle Baby Regime enough; it's kind on Ethan's skin, the wash cleans really well and the lotions are effective too.

Here's what you need to know and what we think having put the range to the test...

- Skinfix contains natural emollient oils, soothing botanicals and vitamins to gently cleanse, moisturise and protect young skin

- It's dermatologist recommended and paediatrician tested

- You can buy the whole Skinfix range from Boots

- Prices range from £6.99 to £14.50

- All products go a long way, so I do think they represent good value for money

- The Gently Hair and Body Wash is great to use during every bath time and we've found this light but effective

- The Gentle Lotion is good for daily use whilst the Gentle Eczema Balm gives a bit more relief for dry or sore patches

I'm a firm believer that you have to try different things out to see what works for you or your little one. What is a godsend for one isn't for another, so if you are a sensitive soul, shop around and try different products out. Having sensitive skin can be a real pain and it's hard to see Ethan uncomfortable, so I'm pleased we've found something that brings relief to him and is nice to use too.

* We received the products mentioned for the purposes of review, but all opinions are our own.


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