Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wild cream review

Wild Cream, Sensitive body butter with Aloe and Avocado.

Firstly, I do have to point out that I’m quite sceptical when it comes to creams designed for sensitive skin, especially eczema, as I’ve fallen into the ‘product junkie’ trap of buying tons and tons of creams, oils and supplements all claiming to ‘calm, soothe, reduce inflammation’ etc etc, you get the picture.
So when I was approached by Wild to trial a cream of my choice, I jumped at the chance, mostly as it was not coming out of my own pocket for a change! But mostly as the ingredients seemed in keeping with what I am for (as natural as possible, or natural ingredients listed first, plus no Parabens and SLS free)  Here are the ingredients for this cream: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis, Butyrospermum Parkii, Persea Gratissima, Cocos Nucifera, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate(Vit E), Phenoxyethanol, Caprlyl Glycol
Onto the cream, the cream itself is fragrance free and of a creamy, thick texture. Depending on the amount you use, it can take a while to sink into the skin.

I’ll break down how I used the cream and what marks I give it out of 10 for each of these things:

  • Itchy skin – When my skin itched, I applied quite a thick layer of cream onto my skin and gently rubbed it in. For the most part, this stopped the itching, no immediately, but soon after. 7/10
  • Dry, flaky skin – When my skin was very dry, usually first thing in my morning, I would apply the cream and it made my skin very moisturised. 8/10
  • Broken, damaged, raw skin caused by scratching at night – When I applied the scream to my broken skin, I was very cautious as many creams have been known to cause a very bad sting. Fortunately, this cream did not do that. It soothed my skin and I noticed my skin trying to repair itself hours after applying this cream.  8/10

During this trial period, I occasionally used this cream alongside tea tree oil (I mixed the two together) but other than that, I used nothing else on a particular part of my skin, as shown in the pictures.
I would say this cream can last you quite a while as you don’t need much (This is an assumption as I was sent a trial size, not a regular size)

So in a Nutshell,Wild Sensitive Body butter with Aloe and Avocado gets the thumbs up from me and I would recommend it!

Friday, 26 October 2012

One size does not fit all

It's great to get information and experience about what other people are doing to help their eczema, however, it's really important not to become demotivated when a remedy or routine does not work for you.

I became very frustrated when I tried the latest oily pill or cream and found that it just did not work for my skin, I literally went through tons of things in attempt to help my skin, however, I never used it or continued with it long enough to find out if it actually worked!! Annoying! Not as annoying as wondering why on a particular product works for tons and tons of people and not you!! I will never stop my research into products and methods to help my eczema, but I've stopped the expectations. There is no miracle cure!! It's always a good idea to review your products every now and then, because they can occasionally start working, or worse, you can develop an allergy to them.

So keep an open mind and good luck.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Better late than never! - Updated back photo

Hello all, sorry it's been so long, too long.

Here is my updated back photo as of the end of May 2012.

Huge improvement in such a short space of time, so although my eczema is still giving me hell in all sorts of other ways, my major back flare up has gone and the skin is healing.

Below is my flare up at it's worse in February. All around the bra line and my neck. So I switched to racer back style bras. I will post some more pics of the front of my chest, but yeah, enough trauma for one day! I feel so exposed revealing these pics, but if it helps someone, then that's fine with me.

Close up of now.


Friday, 25 May 2012

Support Network Essentials!! Family and Friends can help you. Just ask them.

Firstly, who's loving the weather right now!!! Woohoo!! Sorry about that. Back to business!

In my personal opinion if you do not have the correct support from those closer to you, living with eczema can become a lot harder and more emotionally draining then it needs to be.

I've found that telling people around me, even my kids really helps me deal with the stress of flare ups. My kids offer to apply cream to my back and my daughter even discourages me from scratching!! It's just nice to know that when you're low and a bit miserable and snappy, they understand that it's not personal it's just something I'm going through and they support me through it. My husband has been my rock during this long long flare up. He's supported all my endless hours of talking about possible remedies, applying my creams and ensuring the room is well ventilated etc. I tell you, I don't know where I'd be without them!

Tell your support network about your eczema, when it flares they'll be more understanding and able to help and support you when you need it. :)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Photo: Back Flare up

As promised (albeit, a LONG time ago) here is a picture of my back flare up at it's worse. This flare up had been ongoing since September 2011 through to February 2012.

As you can see the flare is mostly situated around the entire bra strap line, and I have since moved on to seamless racer back bras.  The flare also spread to my neck and my collar bone, but not as bad as my back.

Although my concoction had started to make a small difference, it was only when I went to Turkey for a week and was subsequently put on a high dosage of Vitamin D3 that I started to see a massive improvement.

Later on today, or possibly tomorrow I will post a picture to show you how my back looks now.

Thanks for reading.