I also have dry skin which is not eczema but find it just flakes at times and is a little itchy especially if I use shower gels with colourants and perfumes so I do like Sanex products as they don't have any artificial colours or fragrances. I bought this Sanex sensitive shower balm from Tesco and paid £2.19 however it is currently on offer at Boots half price for £1.14 so I will buy a few more before the offer finishes.
I do like products in general without any fragrance or colourings which will not suit some people who if they don't come out of the shower smelling of roses, or mandarin or apples will not feel as though they are clean. I do like unfragranced toiletries as I don't like to smell them on me during the day if I get warm as I find that certain smells can smell a bit off when they are warmed up and nothing like their original smell.
The bottle is 250ml and the gel is white and is quite a thick creamy consistency but is still fluid enough to be squeezed easily out of the bottle. I find that I only need about a 10p size of the gel as it is a good quality, and I rub it into a natural sponge for a few seconds which lathers up very quickly. I sometimes use just my hands in the shower and will squeeze a smaller amount onto my hands as obviously the lather doesn't stay on your hands so much and I just squeeze some more out when the lather has all gone.
In addition to this shower gel being 0% free of fragrance, parabens, colourants, phthlates and phenoxyethanol it is also has a biodegradable formulation and is approve by dermatologists. It has a reduced number of ingredients compared to other Sanex products and is specifically developed for sensitive skin.
I find that this gel does really hydrate my skin and my itching and flaking seems to reduce. I do feel that I am caring for my skin by using a product like this and giving it a chance to breathe and be more natural. I do buy quite a few organic products but do like this particular product due to the lack of chemicals. My husband also uses this and he finds it helps his eczema on his hands as it doesn't seem so angry afterwards and is less itchy.
I recommend this shower gel for anyone with sensitive skin or just if you prefer using more natural products like this one.
~ ABOUT THE PRODUCT ~
This product is made by Sanex whom make a large range of bathing and deodorant products. The product I am reviewing in the dermo sensitive shower cream. Although there are 4 different types of Sanex shower cream to choose from I went for the sensitive one as I do suffer from sensitive skin and often find other products can irritate my skin and make it itchy. I have experienced this more lately with the eczema on my shoulders. The shower r cream claims to leave even sensitive skin feeling soft and comfortable. The product contains something called Dermo Active 3 which are benefits for healthy skin. These benefits are:
Protection - Improves your skins natural protection barrier
Rebalance - Restores skin's natural balance
Moisturisation - For soft and well moisturised skin.
~ PRICE/AVALIABILITY ~
I purchased this from my local boots store for £2.58, which is for a 500ml bottle. You can also buy this in a bath cream. The product can also be purchased from stores such as Superdrug and supermarkets, prices may vary.
~ PACKAGING ~
The shower cream comes in a plastic bottle which is peach in colour and has Sanex in a blue box at the top of the bottle. It states on the front that this shower cream is for sensitive skin and contains lactoserum to help keep skin healthy. On the back of the bottle you will find a list of ingredients and some information about the product. The bottle itself is quite bulky and large compared to other shower creams. The lid is blue and middle of the lid flips back easily so you can dispense some of the shower cream easily.
~ USING THE PRODUCT ~
I got into the shower and had a quick rinse before applying the shower cream. I normally use a shower puff when washing; how-ever I wanted to see how the shower cream felt in my hands. I flipped the blue lid back which was easy to do, even though my hands were wet and I tipped the bottle up a little and some of the shower cream flowed out. The shower cream is an off white/light peach colour which smells slightly perfumed, but doesn't smell too strong. The shower cream felt silky in my hands. As I started to wash the shower cream lathered up leaving lovely soft bubbles over my skin. I decided to continue washing with the shower puff I normally use. The shower puff made the shower cream even more foamy and bubbly and as I moved the shower puff over my body the bubbles/foam felt really soft and moisturising. I could smell the product a little, and it had a nice light smell to it. I stood under the shower to rinse off the soap and then got out and patted my skin dry.
~ RESULTS ~
After using the product I certainly felt clean, due to the amount of lather the shower cream produced. As the shower cream only had a very light smell to it, the smell of the product didn't stay on my skin; how-ever I wasn't too bothered about that. I often have red shoulders when getting out of the shower due to the eczema on my shoulders, how-ever the redness was reduced and my skin didn't even feel itchy. My skin felt smooth, soft and moisturised.
~ OVERALL OPINION ~
I loved how soft and smooth the product made my skin feel, even on my shoulders where I have been suffering from eczema. I love the way the shower cream lathers up into lovely, soft bubbles and this feels really gentle against my skin when washing with my hands or a shower puff. The product is average price, and I think it's quite good value as the shower cream comes in a large bottle, which lasts a lot longer than other shower creams. I will definitely be buying this product again when I have run out, and I would also be tempted to possibly try some of the other Sanex shower creams. I give this product 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to others.
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I have been using Sanex Dermo Sensitive shower balm on and off for few years now (I also use the moisturising version and swap between the two depending on the state of my skin) and have found that it lives up to its promises. I suffered with eczema as a child and still have the occasional flare up and skin which is very sensitive to harsh products.
The shower balm has a very smooth texture, it is creamier than most shower gels and feels more like a conditioner than a shampoo, however it lathers easily so you don't need to use lots to feel properly clean. As far as I can tell there is no noticeable fragrance but I have a terrible sense of smell so others may be able to detect one, its certainly not a strong or overpowering smell though, I'd notice that!
The balm is very gentle on the skin but just as effective at cleaning as other products. When using this shower balm I would notice an improvement in the appearance of my skin, with no blotchiness or patches of irritation. The only downside I can see is that it tended to dry out the skin a little, not so much as to be painful or irritating but enough to notice. That's why I also keep the moisturising version of this product in the bathroom.
The bottle is a decent size and it takes a while to get through it so you aren't dashing back to the shop every two weeks or running out unexpectedly. I buy it from either Tesco or Boots usually, depending on who has a special offer! I tend to buy it when its one 2 for 1 so long as I don't have too much of a backlog so I've never actually paid full price!
I would recommend this to anyone who is prone to sensitive skin but who doesn't quite need a medicated shower gel. Its good value for money, especially as its on offer so frequently, and leaves you feeling lovely, fresh, clean and non itchy!
As someone who has spent most of their battling with eczema it's very important to get the right products for my skin. In the past I've used prescribed stuff which smelled of tar (not an attractive quality smelling like the resurfacing of the M1!!!!) and expensive stuff which I then found irritated my skin.
Since discovering the Sanex products there's never been a problem. I use this shower gel and find it brilliant. When I've used this I feel really clean but my skin does not feel like it's pulling and dry afterwards and it doesn't leave me itching. It has a faint floral perfume but this does not cause any irritation but does make me feel fresh after using it. It is a white liquid and develops a good lather using about a teaspoonful of this product. Some products which are promoted as preventing dryness leave your skin feeling greasy afterwards, as if it'll never dry properly, but I don't get that with this product. It lathers well then rinses off but I still feel that my skin is moisturised and doesn't need any other product applied but it doesn't feel greasy. One bottle lasts me a long time ( couple of months when using it daily) but it doesn't cost the earth (a 500ml bottle costs about £2.48). I'm very happy with this product and it's my first choice of shower gel.
This particular bottle of Sanex has been my shower staple for many years now. I've always had problem skin, with a tendency to break out in eczema in random patches, particularly in weather extremes. As a result I need something to wash with that's mild and consistent (i.e. doesn't revamp and change ingredients/scent every five minutes).
Sanex is absolutely perfect for my dodgy skin - for a start it contains lactoserum and doesn't contain strong perfumes, so my skin is left soft and supple, not dry and taut. It does, however smell quite nice, not quite sure what it is but it's slightly sweet and clean-smelling. It's not as thick in consistency as some shower gels on the market, mostly because it's more of a lotion and so a little runnier, but it still lathers up pretty well and the bottle lasts just as long.
My only complaint is the price - about £2.50 - since you can get two smaller bottles of big-brand shower gel for less. However, until something cheaper comes onto the market, I'm content to shell out the extra few pennies for healthy skin.
I have used Sanex products for many years now because, being a sensitive soul ( skin wise) I have to use products which are safe and, in my experience many such toiletries concentrate on cleansing and strong fragrances at the expense of protecting and benefiting the skin. Many are pleasant enough to use but often left my skin feeling taut and uncomfortable or, at worst, erupting in patches of eczema. This has never been the case with any Sanex product.
Sanex is a product of the Sara Lee Corporation. Until I researched for this review, I only associated that name with cakes and was interested to find that amongst its brand names are such familiar brand names as Playtex, Gossard, Aristoc, Wonderbra, Pretty Polly, Douwe Egberts, Brylcreem, Ambi-Pur, Radox, Badedas, Matey, Meltonian and Kiwi!
Sanex products are based on the premise that whilst skin has its own defence mechanism, it can become damaged and therefore needs protection from such things as water (particularly hard water and washing too often ), soap and some other shower and bath preparations, heat and pollution. All of these can dry out the skin, leaving it more dry and less supple. Therefore it produces products which it claims stimulate the skins natural defences . working with the skin to restore moisture and Ph levels to protect (its) natural defences.
*****THE SHOWER CREAM EXPERIENCE*****
Sanex, in terms of packaging is something of a no frills range. The Sensitive Shower Cream container is fairly clinical in appearance (like the name!) and large ( 3½ wide x 8 high). It would not score highly ergonomically as, at this size, it is not too handy to handle or portable. However, as it contains 500ml and retails for around £2.60, I can accept this minor inconvenience because it does represent good value for money being around half the price of many similar products ( e.g. Dove and Nutralia). On the plus side, it is quite easy to dispense being a rocker system which, when pressed at one end, flips up to reveal an easy pour opening at the other.
The cream itself is milky but quite thick in consistency. The milkiness might be a result of the ingredient lactoserum. This is more usually known to English speakers as whey powder, the watery substance derived from milk and which is separated from the curds in cheesemaking. It is very rich in protein and more commonly used in food stuffs. But often as I shower I call to mind that glamorous ladies used to swear by the efficacy of bathing in milk and this adds to my feeling of indulging in a little luxury, albeit a very reasonably priced luxury.
When applied, it just glides on the skin, feeling very silky. It doesnt really lather but I have often heard that lathering properties are enhanced in such products because of consumer expectations. It does not feel slippery, as I have found to be the case with some intensive moisturising products, and is very easy to wash off . It leaves the skin feeling as soft and silky as the product itself.
Surprisingly for a product suitable for sensitive skins, it is scented but it is a very delicate fragrance which is slightly floral reminding me a little of freesias and this lingers on the skin after drying
After use, I never feel I need to go to all the effort of applying a moisturiser because my skin is never left feeling tight or clogged, just very pleasant and supple.
This is, in my experience, a very safe and gentle product offering real benefits to maintaining a healthy skin which feels great after use and I have never suffered any skin eruptions as a result of using it. Very reasonably priced, its easily obtainable from chemists and supermarkets (although on some online sites it is described as Sensitive Body Wash or Shower Cream as opposed to Shower Balm). It is rather large and heavy and I would like to see a smaller size available for travelling etc. However this is a minor criticism and, in general, I can only recommend it very highly
My children and i all have sensitive skin , so i tend to try and stick to products especially for them to calm and soothe the skin.
Sanex is a company which does a range of products like bath creams, shower gels, hand washes .
I normally buy from superdrug , you can buy the products from chemists and a lot of supermakets too, but prices will vary .
I normally buy the sanex bath cream , but i noticed when i was in boots that sanex do a shower gel .
This product like all of sanex products keeps skin healthy and works with your body to look after your skin and to keep your ph balance at 5.5.
This product contains lactoserum this is an ingredient which is rich in milk proteins , so its especially good for delicate skin .
I think i paid around 2.50 which was for a 500ml bottle , which might seem a bit expensive to some , but it really helps to calm my childrens skin down.
So i think it is definately worth the money .
~ My opinion ~
I like this product as it helps to calm my skin down , it can get so irratated at times and anything can set it off.
Both of my children have excema but i have found this product to be really good for them , as you only need a little bit and it lathers really well too.
There skin is really soft and healthy looking , and it is a lot calmer than it used to be.
There is no perfume smell to this product it is a plain smell , it does have a smell but i,m no good with smells, and its not a very strong one.
my skin is lovely and soft after using this product so i don,t need to moisturise every time i come out of the shower, which comes in handy if i,m late .
Thanks for reading x
Wind, sudden temperature changes, sun, dry air and pollution can have a negative influence on sensitive skin / Therefore, delicate skin requires care products that respect your skinãs pH-balance / To meet this need, Sanex has developed Sanex Dermo Sensitive: a special treatment that keeps sensitive skin healthy / The soft shower gel contains lactoserum, an ingredient rich in milk proteins that provides extra care and mildness /