My skin is more sensitive than an England fan on a trip to Iceland right now.  It’s probably all down to the horrendous hit of hay fever I’m enduring every day, that and the fact I’m pretty much allergic to air right now. When my skin needs an extra bit of help, or is likely to be more volatile than Britain after Brexit, then these hero products certainly offer a helping hand…

Elemis SOS cream: When your face feels like it’s on fire, you’ve been in the sun too long, or you just feel like you need more than a moisturiser- reach for this bad boy. Every time.  SOS Emergency Cream £52.50, Elemis http://bit.ly/29isT4n

Caudalie Beauty Elixr: Again another French hero product. I’ve been rattling through this- it’s great for all those hay fever days when your skin just needs a helping hand. It refreshes your face and feels like your coating your skin in luxury. Caudalie Beauty Elixr, £11.50, Feel Unique, http://bit.ly/29nbcE2 (always lots of offers on this site!)

Skincere facial serum:  I’m on my third tube of this since giving it a whirl last year.  It’s inexpensive and does what it says on the tin.  Use it underneath your moisturiser.  Skincere products NEVER ever irritate your skin, even if it’s super sore and sensitive.  Easy on the purse too- win win!  Facial serum, £19.99, Holland and Barrett http://bit.ly/29ns6Aa

Ren body exfoliator balm: When you have sensitive skin sometimes it’s easy to avoid exfoliating but actually it’s vital to help our skin. Slough away those pesky dry patches with this beaut of a product.  It leaves your skin with a nice kind of waxy finish rather than sore and itchy.  A little goes a long way too : ) Ren salt exfoliating body balm, £22, Look Fantastic http://bit.ly/29ncCyk

Neutral Cleanser: If you’ve never heard of Green People before and you have sensitive skin what the hell are you playing at?  This cleanser is my go-to hero product when everything else is ruining my face.  Fragrance-free, gentle and zero chance of leaving you with lizard skin.  Check out their other products too, their range is AMAZING!  Neutral scent free cleanser, £18.00, Green People http://bit.ly/29tBg05

Weleda body wash: Again another brand I can’t get enough of (see previous blog post here)  It’s rare when you have sensitive skin that anything you use in the shower can smell good and not leave you like you’ve been dipped in acid.  Hello Weleda!  Bloody love this, use it everyday!  It’s super creamy, doesn’t dry your skin and smells like holidays.  What’s not to like?!  Sea Buckthorn creamy bodywash, £7.95, Weleda http://bit.ly/29nsJcP

Darphin 8 Flower cream: My wonderful Mum introduced me to Darphin many years ago.  I LOVE love LOVE French skincare and this is just amazing!  I’m kinda new to this product but I use it at night if my skin is sore after cleansing.  Heaven.  Smells great without irritating your skin.  Perfect!  Darphin 8 Flower Oil Cream, 30ml, £43.33, Escentual http://bit.ly/29hA3t8 (1/3 off!)

Lavera intensive neutral mask:  I’ve been trying to use this once a week, but usually fail.  I’ve always avoided face masks like the plague as normally they make my skin ten times worse when it’s feeling extra sensitive.  I got a sample of this after purchasing some other Lavera products and it’s fab!  Why shouldn’t we treat our skin just because it reacts to pretty much everything?! We put our faces through so much so give it a treat- it’s designed to calm allergy and sensitive prone skin.  Hurrah!  Lavera intensive neutral mask, £2.90, Lucy Rose Organics http://bit.ly/29qg9d8

Salcura Dermaspray: I’ve blogged about Salcura products before here. This spray is like a protective barrier for your skin- spray on before moisturising.  It’s made a MASSIVE difference to my Eczema.  Daily Dermaspray intensive, £16.99, Salcura http://bit.ly/29jV82m (10% off your first order)

Aveeno cream:  I have this on prescription now because I go through that much of it but it’s honestly the best moisturiser I’ve used in years!  I really need to switch up my regime a bit but this is an absolute staple.  I use it twice a day religiously and it’s never irritated my skin and has actually made a massive difference to my Eczema.  I could kiss my dermatologist for recommending this!  (See my previous blog post here).  Aveeno cream, £14.69, Boots http://bit.ly/29jZaaX

Let me know if you have any hero products for sensitive skin- I’m always on the scout!

J xx

I am a moisturising addict. I go through more pots, tubs and tubes of the stuff than any other beauty product.  Having Eczema never makes skincare easy but anyone who suffers from sensitive or dry skin knows that skipping on your moisturiser is never worth the pain.

Admittedly sometimes at night  I slather so much on if I had silk sheets I’d probably shoot right out the other side of the bed!  So finding a good quality, natural product, that isn’t too greasy, is always on my hit list.

I’ve used Aveeno hand cream for years but I’d never tried their moisturising cream and I was pretty surprised when my dermatologist actually prescribed it to me.  Firstly I was ecstatic because it means that I get two massive bottles for the cost of one prescription, which means a mahoosive saving on the usual price.  Right now at Boots (UK) you can buy Aveeno moisturising cream for £14.46 for 500ml and there’s a 3 for 2 offer so you can stock up

I reckon a 500ml tub lasts me about 6 weeks, but I’m slathering it on every day religiously so it’s good value!

If you read Sensitive Shell a lot you’ll know I’m a huge fan of natural products.  It’s really important to me that I’m not just coating my skin in a load of chemicals.  The ingredients list on the back of the simple cute packaging is pretty short (always a good sign) and it’s gentle enough to use on babies.  I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s helped get rid of my Eczema but my skin is in the best condition it’s been in for ages and I’m sure this bad boy is partially responsible for this. I’ve seen all of my usual dry patches disappear, it’s the best cream I’ve used in ages and definitely does what it says on the tin!

I am a massive fan of oats, although I normally like my porridge first thing in a morning not on my skin, but Aveeno have been using oats in their products since 1945 so why not?! Go through pretty much any homemade skin scrub blog and oats will usually always feature heavily so I think it’s no secret that they are actually pretty good for us, inside and out.  The Aveeno moisturising cream smells so fresh, and even though their products are fragrance free the oats make for a deliciously delicately scented cream.  Almost good enough to eat, almost.

There are so many benefits from oats: moisturises- restores dehydrated skin, soothes, creates a protective film on the skins surface, and helps to return skin to normal PH levels.  I also love love LOVE the fact that this doesn’t leave my skin all greasy.  A lot of products for dry skin are very thick, heavy and you need to leave them to sink in for an eternity.  The Aveeno absorbs super quick and feels SO good.  Nothing like any of the moisturisers any of the doctors/dermatologists have recommended for me before.   I’m definitely going to give their shower oil a try, in fact I’ll probably be buying most of their range in the hope of swapping things up a little, but this love affair with the Aveeno moisturising cream won’t be ending any time soon…

J xx

I am so envious of anyone that can wear fake tan, and wear it well.  I’ve tried so many tanning products, however once they’ve been applied to my crazy sensitive skin they usually develop into patches of brownish-orange that wouldn’t look out of place as an example of ringworm in a science book.

There are a few good high end wash-on wash-off tanning products around, but you really need smooth skin for them to work well and when you have eczema there ain’t no amount of exfoliation that’s going to achieve that!

Fret not, my darlings, for a hero is on hand!  Be gone pasty legs and hello wonder skin! My friend suggested I tried Sally Hansen leg makeup and OH MY GOD-  HOW ON EARTH HAVE I NEVER TRIED THIS BEFORE?

The Bear was best man at a wedding last weekend and as I had bought the mother of all dresses I didn’t want my legs to let me down.  I’ve been off work and actually looking after my skin, so my legs are in fairly decent condition (apart from the serious lack of exercise) and they are virtually Eczema-free (wahoo!) so I thought I’d give it a go.  Wearing tights wasn’t an option with open-toed shoes so I needed a little something to help me along! Shaving always irritates my legs and I hate how they look without tights so this was definitely a product I couldn’t wait to try.

Aww, doesn’t he look all dashing and smart.  I am in LOVE with this dress…


Obvs the Sally Hanson brand has been around forever (Mumma Cox used to swear by it) and I know I’m
super late to the party, but if you aren’t confident at tanning, or have
sensitive skin then this is a great way to give your legs a bit of colour
without the commitment of fake tan.  Even
wash off tan can be a right pain in the ass if you have problem skin like me so
I bought the Airbrush Legs in Medium to sort out my pins.  And sort them out it did!  Airbrush is available in a spray or a
lotion.  I tried the spray and I’ll
definitely be using it again.  Not only
did it colour correct my mottled milky legs, it also hid some of my bruises,
shaving rash and really evened out my skin tone.

I sprayed it onto my hands and not directly to my legs and
then applied it to my legs in a downwards motion and massaged it in. The beauty
is you can build up the colour with no streaks, no orange patches, and
therefore no ringworm circles on your dry skin patches!

Airbrush legs claims to stay fresh on your legs all day and
it definitely does that.  The only thing
I will say is that, despite what it tells us on the advert; it DOES rub off
onto clothes etc.  I managed to leave the
hotel bed sheets looking like the Tango man had paid a visit, however it does
wash off super easy when you’ve hung up your dancing shoes.  So not only did it give my legs a bit of
colour it also smoothed out my skin and hid all those annoying marks from years
of clawing my skin and scars from being a total clutz!  It’s basically an amazing pair of
tights/stockings in a tin!

Check out the difference: No bruises, scratches, or redness!

I hope one day I’ll find a tanning product that works on
sensitive skin but for now I’m more than happy with a temporary leg
makeover.  Give it a try and check out
the image below to shop my wedding outfit and accessories.

Happy Friday!

J xx

Limited edition ‘Peyton’ dress, House of CB http://bit.ly/1TFGN4J

 

New Kid lipgloss, shade ‘Tickled Pink’ http://bit.ly/1QMHo1N

Eyelure volumising lashes 070 http://bit.ly/1X7ZEmG

Nails Inc, shade ‘Porchester Square’ http://bit.ly/1nCPZIv

 

L’Oreal eyeshadow Gold Mania  http://bit.ly/1pbNyP0

Gold shoes, Miss KG, John Lewis http://bit.ly/1WeH6RE

Just Cavalli, Nappa clutch/wrist bag http://bit.ly/1WeI9AT

Sally Hansen Airbursh Legs, Medium http://bit.ly/1QCHQPW

I’ve already raved about Weleda in a previous Blog post (when I took their body wash with me on my Turkish holibob) and as I love their products so much I wanted to give their new Almond range a right old test.  I’ve been using this range since June.  I think it’s impossible to give a good review on something unless you’ve been using it for a while.  My skin’s health goes in circles and it’s all well and good using something when I’m bordering Disney Princess skin but when I look like the scaly evil old witch then this is when a product either fails miserably or makes it into my bathroom as a permanent fixture.

Weleda has been around since 1921.  I haven’t though and I’m fairly new to this brand.  I hadn’t really heard much about
Weleda before;  apart from the fact Victoria Beckham and Julia Roberts are fans of their ‘Skin Food’ moisturiser.  If it’s good enough for VB, it’s good enough for me. I always think it’s interesting when companies bring out a range specifically for sensitive skin. I remembering trying a Simple face wash once designed for us sensitive types.  The results were horrific (think Halloween mask without actually wearing one).

Just because something is billed as being ‘dermatologically tested’ or for ‘sensitive skin’ doesn’t mean to say it actually won’t irritate you.  There are so many different ingredients in products that can cause irritation or react to your skin and I normally try and stick to anything with essential oils or natural ingredients. Basically anything which doesn’t have a best
before date of the next century, and something along the organic lines.

Weleda products fit this bill perfectly.  Many of their products are grown sustainably in their gardens in Derbyshire, just as I was. Well I wasn’t grown in a garden but the other bit is the same…  They are tested and graded to the highest international system of certification (NATURE)- which recognises the authenticity of natural and organic products. 100% natural, synthetic free, and great ethics?  Sounds right up my street!

They also have the cutest Instagram account too, which makes me want to skip through a spring meadow- although I’d probably get hay fever and have an asthma attack if I did so I’ll just stick to looking at their pretty pictures.

First up as I was such a fan of the Sea Buckthorn body wash I gave the Almond body wash a go.  I normally only use scent-free products in the shower, and when my skin is really sore I use moisturiser prescribed from the doctors as shower cream.  However since last month I’m trying to stop using all prescribed shizzle, unless things get really bad.

This shower cream is lovely, not too strong a scent either and although it’s not as creamy as the Sea Buckthorn it feels really luxurious and my skin didn’t feel tight afterwards.  I normally moisturise straight after I’ve showered when my skin is still slightly damp.  I’ve swapped using the Almond Body lotion in this way and use it just as an extra now as I prefer my moisturisers to be a bit thicker.  I often find with lotions they feel a bit watery, but then again you don’t always want to be slathering your skin with lard either! The Almond body lotion is really soothing, non-greasy, and easy to soak in.  I’m definitely going to give their ‘Skin Food’ a try now.

As you can see from the photo I’ve been using the hand cream, in fact so much so I’m on my second tube.  It’s really nourishing without being sticky or gloopy and I’m really weird about scented hand creams but this smells really good and not at all overpowering.  I’m not a massive fan of the Almond smell normally but this is a long way off from the Marzipan fragrance I can’t stand.  It all just smells a bit more, well, natural!

Since using the Almond range it’s made me want to try more Weleda products and I’ll definitely be sticking to using their body wash.  I’ve also purchased their Calendula shampoo and body wash which smells DIVINE.  All their products are really god value too.  I bought a new Almond sensitive body wash in August and it’s still going, £7.95 from http://www.weleda.co.uk/.  For someone with hyper-sensitive skin I’m so excited I’ve found a brand that actually smells good and doesn’t leave my skin dry or itchy.  Brucey Bonus!

It’s not very often I find a range that suits my skin so this has been an excellent find and I always love discovering different brands and products.  There’s so much out there and finding something that doesn’t leave my skin feeling like it’s been dipped in Acid is a rarity!  Reasonable prices AND good products?  Winner winner chicken dinner!

Have a great day,

J xx

*I wasn’t paid or sponsored for this post- I just love their products!