12 Nov 2014

Current Skincare Favourites | For Dry, Inflamed And Allergic Skin

If you've been keeping up with my posts then you'd know that recently I've been suffering severely from allergies, which primarily manifest externally on my skin, in the form of inflammation, eczema, dryness and so on. Suffering the effects of allergies is often miserable enough without it also affecting your outward appearance, so of course I've been trying out an abundance of skincare products since the problem started. Here are my favourite products I've tried recently that I found to successfully soothe and smooth my skin:

(Note: If you are suffering from allergies or eczema it's important to find and eliminate the allergen and also to make internal changes, this post only focuses on products for external relief.)  

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Lotion with Shea Butter
(£5.49 from Boots - currently reduced to £3.66)

After reading so many great reviews about this product I finally purchased it last month. This great body moisturiser feels instantly soothing on the skin and left me with no further irritation once applied. It leaves the skin ridiculously smooth, managing to soften even very dry skin and eczema. And, as it advertises, the effects last for 24 hours (probably even longer). I'm thrilled to have discovered this product and it has now become my go-to body lotion.

Note: If you don't like the feel straight away I still urge you to stick with it. I was put off Aveeno products for a while as I remembered trying one once as a teenager and finding that it didn't seem to make any positive difference after one or two applications, so I never went back. And even this time round it took a few days for me to see a difference. But the end results are definitely worth it if you're serious about finding something to soften difficult skin.

Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
(£10.99 from burtsbees.co.uk)

I love Burts Bees products so I recently decided to give this cleansing cream a go. With ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera and coconut oil it smells lovely and feels fresh and calming on the skin. It works well in removing left over make up and any other particles which can contribute to skin irritation. It leaves the face feeling soft and cleansed and I find that it calms inflammation.

Avene Skin Recovery Cream
(£13 from Boots)

After finding my skin very blotchy and distressed after an allergy flare up a couple of months ago I had a stroll around Boots and stumbled upon this product, then swiftly made a purchase as what it said on the tin was exactly what I needed. It claimed to calm sensitive and irritated skin and to restore skin to its natural balance, and it did exactly that. I was shocked to see the difference in my skin the next morning after applying this just the night before. Whenever I find my skin in a similar state I go back to this and always see an impressive difference even after just a day of use. I'm now looking forward to trying out more Avene products in the near future.

I hope this can be helpful to some. Further recommendations for skincare products that treat dry/irritated skin will be very much welcomed!

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