Epi-max – Dry skin solutions for the whole family

Last Friday I attended an editors’ day hosted by Freebees PR and Marketing and Epi-max was there. I then realised that I have never featured this amazing brand on my blog. I think it’s about time that I tell you how fantastic their products are seeing that we use Epi-max every, single day in our house. Epi-max is a brand that my family knows very well. Cara developed eczema when she was 6 months old and the pediatrician recommended Epi-max. This brand has been a staple in our home for over 4 years. What makes Epi-max so special? Why is it different to any other aqueous cream? That’s what I asked at first too. The thing is, it’s not an aqueous cream. It is actually an emollient cream which serves as a humectant. This means that the cream locks in moisture and prevents it from evaporation, thus preserving or increasing water content. Epi-max is also hypo-allergenic, perfume-free, dermatologically tested and free from artificial colourants. Plus it’s not tested on animals! The range consists of light-weight lotions, creams, a hand cream, a foot cream and a bath oil. Epi-max Foot Cream works beautifully on very dry hands by the way. Epi-max Baby and Junior is gentle enough to use from birth and is great to use on little ones with eczema. This is Cara’s all over body cream. And, honestly, on most days it’s mine as well. Epi-max is also water-soluble which means it can be used as a substitute for soap. This makes it perfect to wash and moisturise delicate skin. As a beauty blogger I often test various body products, but I...

Pure Beginnings Fun Time Bubble Bath Review

Every little girl and boy deserves bubbles. What’s more fun than a bath filled with millions of bubbles (for young and old)? It sucks that Cara has sensitive, eczema-prone skin and hardly ever has a bubble bath. I’ve seen Pure Beginnings products in pharmacies and online and I have been tempted to try the bubble bath, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Then Cara received a surprise parcel on Friday. My little girl and I enjoyed 3 bubble-filled baths over the weekend. ‘Pure Beginnings Organic Skin Care believes in keeping your skin as pure as the day you were born by providing effective, organically formulated skin care products that care for you and your family’s skin, and are not harmful to the environment giving you peace of mind from the beginning.’ Pure Beginnings Fun Time Bubble Bath is an absolute treat and perfect for sensitive skins. Both Cara and myself suffer from eczema so I have to be very wary of the bath and body products we use. This bubble bath left us feeling soft, smooth and squeaky clean (without the squeak). And there was no negative reaction. Cara had millions of bubbles to play with and they lasted very well. Pretty great as the product does not contains SLS. The scent of Fun Time Bubble Bath is lovely – a delightful combination of citrus, geranium and ylang-ylang. I am in love and so is Cara. Pure Beginnings Fun Time Bubble Bath retails for R61.50 and is available at Baby City, Wellness Warehouse and selected online and health stores. Visit Pure Beginnings HERE to learn more about their...

Eucerin Sensitive Skin Saviours

Eucerin is a brand that I know quite well and I adore their cleansers and one of my favourite toners is by this brand. And let’s not forget about the Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm. I think I have 3 tubes floating around at the moment. Moms, this balm is a must have!  I was recently sent a press pack containing 4 products that I was very excited to try. I was especially keen on the sunscreen as I followed the launch on Twitter and Instagram and it sounded perfect for my sensitive, oily skin. The Eucerin Sun Gel-Creme Oil Control Dry Touch Face SPF50+ (holy crap that’s a mouthful) claims to offer superior photoprotection and an anti-shine effect for oily and acne-prone skin. Now we all know why we should wear sunscreen, so I don’t have to go on about that. This product also contains loads of difficult to pronounce ingredients that offers cellular and DNA protection and oil regulation. That sounds awesome, but I’m sure you are here to hear if it works or not. YES! We went to a braai on the most recent public holiday and it was a beautifully warm and sunny day. I knew we were going to sit outside and savour every warm ray, so it was the perfect day to test it out. After about 10 minutes in the sun, I asked the hostess for some sunscreen as I could feel my shoulders were going to go lobster if I didn’t do something. My face was obviously still feeling great. That night I saw feint tan lines on my shoulders and the...

Winter Skin Saviours

My skin hates winter. More specifically, the onset of winter. I have very dry, eczema-prone skin and when the weather changes, my skin reacts very negatively. I’m talking super sensitive, patchy, dull, scaly. It ain’t pretty. Here are are couple of my favourite products that are helping my skin beat the winter blues. First up are three of my current favourite body oils. As you can see from the empty bottle on the pic, the Human+Kind All-in-One Body Oil is a winner. It is a very thick and nourishing oil and works wonders on those super dry areas. It retails for R150 and you will find it in selected Clicks, Wellness Warehouse, Woolworths and Stuttafords stores. The Nivea Firming Body Oil is another great body oil that I discovered a couple of moths ago. This is my second bottle and I think that says a lot. This oil is perfect for those who aren’t really fond of the feel of body oils on the skin… it absorbs very quickly and it has a lighter feel than most other body oils I’ve tried. This is a great one to use in summer as well and it retails for R100. A recent find that I am very happy with is a budget beauty from Palmer’s. I think I may be one of very few that doesn’t like the scent of Palmer’s products. Something about it puts me off and the scent seems to linger forever. BUT the Palmer’s Moisturising Body Oil isn’t heavily scented at all and it disappears quite quickly. The oil is beautifully moisturising and leaves my skin glowing and...

Bioderma KID SPF 50+ Review

Cara’s eczema-prone skin is extremely sensitive and I have to be wary of the sun creams that I apply. We tried out the Bioderma KID SPF 50+ Milk over the holidays and we love it. It is non-greasy and it does not irritate her skin at all. It was her 4th birthday party over the weekend and we had a pool party. My mom made sure that all the kids were protected and the KID SPF 50+ Milk was really put to the test (we actually finished the tube). The kids spent the whole day in the hot sun and in the water and none of them complained of itchy skin or burny eyes, and no one was sun burnt. This is a brilliant sun protection cream and we highly recommend it! RRP249.95. xoxo   *Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes. I have not received compensation for this post and the opinions on the product are my...

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