Monday, November 03, 2014

Helloooo everyone!

As I've discussed in the past, I'm prone to dry patches on my skin and try to use non-chemical based solutions to soothe and heal the area. It's the best it's been in years but there's no harm in keeping it nourished through the harsher winter months, so when this E45 lotion made its way into my postbox, I thought I should give it a fair try.

In the past I found E45 too harsh for my skin but in recent years they've used their dermatological expertise to help alleviate discomfort in sufferers of various skin conditions. One of the most common conditions - and the one I have experienced on and off for many years - is eczema, so using the Intense Recovery Lotion* as an eczema treatment was great for reaching those more sensitive areas.

I received the Moisturising Lotion* along with the Intense Recovery Lotion, and have been testing them out for the past two weeks to give them a thorough review on how they worked in comparison to other ranges I’ve tried. The results are in, so let’s to dissecting the facts...

Firstly, I ended up using the Intense Recovery Lotion more as the smell was much more neutral than the Moisturising Lotion, which still had the smell that put me off years ago. The Intense Recovery is great to apply first as nourishment and protection, but then allows you to use a shea butter over the top for a more indulgent scent and treatment; think of it as your topical solution before a moisturiser of choice.

After every shower, I used this all over my body and found that my skin absorbed it quite quickly and it didn’t leave any residue which was great. My skin doesn’t feel as dry as before and certain areas have calmed down which is great too.
What I was really interested to see was whether it would calm and help heal the patches I get on my hand from extreme environment change, and I really saw mixed results. Some instances it would help soften and calm the areas, but I’ve since found new small dry patches appear. Whether this is the lotion or not, I don’t know but it hasn’t done much here to heal as much as I’d liked.

In terms of body skin conditions, I think this has been a good help and it’s nice to apply before my luxury products. It’s a shame it hasn’t really helped nourish my hands, but as a lotion I can only guess this is because it’s not a tailored area for this product – although you’d think it would be one of the same. I would definitely use this under my regular moisturiser in the winter to keep my skin locked in moisture and soothing patches on my arms, and will be sticking to my usual hand cream solution to help my hands get some deeper nourishment.

Would I recommend? If you get flare ups and want to use nice products still then yes, applied after your wash its great. I personally may not buy it in the future as my flare ups aren’t as bad and the ranges I’ve used previously have been more nourishing, but I think E45 has come a long way in their range to be much more skin friendly and easier to use to treat skin conditions.

If you suffer from occasional bouts of dry/irritated areas, then give this a whirl for a lightweight body treatment. It’s an easy way to keep you protected as the temperature changes which is the key thing when dealing with eczema, as well as maintaining your cortisol and stress levels. A much more budget friendly purchase too, so it’s easy and accessible for any immediate needs minus the chemicals. 

Do you use E45 lotions? Have you suffered from eczema or any other skin conditions before? How are you keeping your skin nourished in the winter?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

*This post contains products sent for review from PR companies. The views expressed are not influenced by the company nor do they reflect the company views. Please see my disclaimer for more.

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