Product Type: Aqueous body care
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A handy cream
Member Name: lak11
Date: 03/03/10, updated on 08/06/13 (259 review reads)
Advantages: very gentle. Can be used as a moisturising cream or soap substitute
Disadvantages: Must rinse well from basin/ bath when used to wash
A tub of Aqueous emulsifying cream is, for me, a must have. It's so versatile and cheaply priced. I pay 99 pence or one pound for a 500 ml jar and always have a jar available. It can be bought at chemists, pound stores and supermarkets. It is always reasonably priced.
In the past I have suffered severely from dermatitis on my hands and wrists. I've seen many dermatologists because of this and given various creams and ointments. Some have worked but most haven't helped at all. At one point my hands were red raw after scratching the uncontrollable itching and were too sore to even use a simple, non perfumed soap. A consultant dermatologist recommended Aqueous cream to use as a soap substitute. This was a few years ago and Aqueous wasn't as readily available so my my local chemist had to order it in. That wouldn't be the case now.
I don't suffer as much now I'm older so think the dermatitis was partly affected by hormones as well as sensitive skin. I did always notice the absence of the rash whilst I was pregnant or breast feeding. But you can't have a baby every time you get an outbreak of dermatitis, can you? Now I find I just have to use ointments occasionally but must remember to use hand simple hand creams regularly, particularly after using household cleaners as my skin still tends to be sensitive. Aqueous is ideal for this purpose.
I would say that Aqueous is a great hand cream for every day use for anyone, whether they have sensitive skin or not BUT if you do have skin allergies it is great as it is so gentle and, as I've already said, can be used instead of soap. It is a thick, white cream that has to be massaged well into the skin. Once this is done it absorbs well. If using as a body wash you must rinse well with warm water. The only drawback I can think of is that it leaves the sink or bath a bit messy souse hot water to rinse away.
If the skin was itching badly then this cream wouldn't stop that. It is best used along side ointments and creams used to control any forms of dermatitis. However, I feel, if used regularly it keeps the skin soft and lubricated and will greatly help skin problems. It is one of the very few creams that I can use on a regular basis.
It can be kept for twelve months once opened. I find a tub usually lasts me a few months but I don't now need to use it for washing.
Most people suffering from allergies/ sensitive skin can use this but should still check that they aren't allergic to the ingredients. These are as follows:
Sodium Laurel Sulfate
I hope it helps you too.
Summary: Versatile, reasonably priced product