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Through the cold winter months my hands can get very dry due to a combination of cold weather and my forgetfulness where wearing my gloves is concerned. To try and combat the dryness and prevent the skin from splitting I like to moisturise my hands on a regular basis.
The moisturiser I am currently using is Aveeno moisturising cream with natural Colloidal Oatmeal. I have the medium size 300ml pump bottle which I keep in the kitchen so it is handy for moisturising after washing pots or when I am coming in and out of the house.
I prefer the pump bottle over the tubes or regular bottles as it is easy to give the bottle a little pump and dispense a small amount of cream into the palm of my hand. A 300ml pump bottle can be found on Amazon uk for less than £5.00 with free postage, which in my opinion is a good price.
Aveeno cream provides 24 hour moisture and protects and replenishes skin and can improve dry skin in two weeks.
The moisturiser is cream in colour and quite thick. A small amount will go a long way. The Aveeno spreads smoothly over my hands and initially feels quite greasy but with a little amount of rubbing the moisturiser is soon absorbed and leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished.
As far as I can tell there is absolutely no scent to the Aveeno. I am happy that this is an unscented product but if you like moisturiser with a scent there is a lavender scented variety available.
Both my children have used Aveeno when they have suffered with eczema and have found this to be an effective and gentle moisturiser as it does not sting when there skin is dry and sore.
All things considered I really like Aveeno and happily recommend it.
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Skin issues seem to be something that must be a girl thing in my family. My son, although has had afew things going on, such as Chicken Pox, generally has good skin, and any issue he's had has gone away and hasn't been permanent. Myself and my daughter are a different ballgame completely. This lotion was prescribed to me by the Doctor, but can be bought from chemists and online for around £10.00 for a 500ml bottle ( which I have ). I don't find this particular version easy to source on the high street, so a chemist may be the best bet.
Why was I prescribed this?
I've suffered from Psoriasis for the last 8 years (or at least that's when it was officially diagnosed ). It's something that I would describe as being quite a mild form and I tend to get it in specific areas, all of which are on the body. I've been very fortunate I've never had it in worse or more obvious places, such as on the scalp, face. So if at any time I have a flare up 9 times out of 10 I can cover it up. At the start of December my face became very tight and felt dry. Not too look at or if I physically touched it, but the best way I can describe it is it felt dry from the inside out. This happens maybe acouple of times a year for me and can last afew weeks or maybe a month, but normally settles down. I put it down to my skin just having ' a turn ', and regardless what I've put on it, it's only time that takes this feeling away, nothing else. But on this occasion this sense of dryness turned into very slight pinky patches on my face and raised area near my mouth which then turned into a tingling sensation. All of the above freaked me out and a call to my Doctors was made. He suggested to use Diprobase ointment or cream as a moisturiser to settle it down. I said the consistency of both may not be suitable ( I've used both so familiar with how they react to me ) and he prescribed this instead.
What does it do?
It's a body lotion designed for the most sensitive and the most dry of skin. This is why it's sometimes suitable and effective for those who suffer from conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis etc.
It's designed, due to the ingredient of oatmeal, to provide the skin with a protective barrier, keeping the moisture in the skin by stopping water being lost from it and also adds moisture to the skin.
It can also soothe dry, itchy and irritated skin.
How is it packaged?
It originally came boxed, and the box itself had some good information on the product itself, maybe a touch more than what the product actually is in, but that got trashed and ripped by the kids.
The lotion itself comes in a 500ml plastic bottle, slightly curved up the sides and is creamy coloured with a green flip top lid. Very simple in look, product brand and name on the front, brief mention of who this can be suitable for and it mentions it contains oatmeal.
On the back it says in brief what it can do , has the ingredients list visible and states product has a 12 month shelf life when opened.
Aqua, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol.
How to apply?
My instructions were to apply as often as needed, and I assume this would be the case in general. No instructions on the bottle itself nor does it state this is for the body, face, everywhere, but I would treat this like any other skincare product and use with caution and avoid areas such as eyes, discontinue use if skin becomes irritated etc.
How do I use it?
My routine has changed over the last month. To start off with, I had to stop using all my lovely lotions and potions ( Decleor, Elemis etc ) and get back to basics. I was already using Oilatum as a cleanser for the body in the shower, so rather than just using it on the body, I used it on my face as well. At night time, I would use a thin or if needed a thick layer of Diprobase Ointment ( a very greasy and thick emoillient ) on the face and replace this in the morning with this lotion. I also stopped using other body lotions and used this from top to toe. Now, because the issues I suffered from have gone, I use this as a body/face moisturiser morning and night.
How do I find it?
The product itself has a typical lotion consistency to it but not too runny. Off white in colour and completely smooth in look and feel. No obvious smell to this, but very similar to other lotions in the Aveeno family, but for lesser dry skin. Slight almond type smell to it although very faint, but without the sweetness to it and warmth.
Very easy to apply as it runs into the skin easily and quickly, sinks into the body/face within seconds. I do find though it's important to make sure its rubbed gently into the skin, as on the face from time to time I miss abit and I can see little bits of lotion sitting on my nose!
The reason why I asked the Doctor to offer a different lotion/cream for my face was I didn't want what I was using to be too greasy that it left my face shiny or too light it would leave it matt and lifeless. This does neither. After use, my skin looks and feels moisturised but in a natural way. I wasn't too sure whether this would cause any issues to the skin on my face, as its different to the skin on the body, but it hasn't. Using this on both areas has meant I could put my clothes on straight away, or if I did wear makeup ( which I don't ), I could apply immediately after use. No tackiness left to the skin, no weird feeling film. Skin feels supple, soft and full of moisture without feeling heavy or looking shiny and odd.
This lotion can be quite cold on the skin, which is not a bad thing if your skin is inflamed or irritated as that in itself could give relief. But if that's not needed, I would suggest to warm this in your hands first before application. This wasn't a concern of mine and I'm completely used to it now.
I did try this on my daughter who suffers from a severe case of Eczema, as many people have had good results specifically from this product. But after just one application, she refused and screamed when I out this on her. Not because it hurt her in anyway, just because she didn't like it! A completely different texture and feel on her skin compared to what's she's used to.
And the effect?
Now my skin is back to its usual self. No feeling of tightness, dryness, no tingling or funny patches on my skin. Personally, I think this is a combination of the whole facial routine I had to adopt with what I already had in my bathroom. I did all of this as a temporary measure before I physically could see the Doctor, but I found this worked a treat so no follow up needed. This product helped a lot, and not only has it helped calm my skin, but is currently maintaining its current condition which is ideal. Despite the cold windy weather at the moment, my face ( and body ) are not suffering, which says a lot to me.
Who is this for?
Potentially, people who suffer from irritated and very very dry skin caused by skin conditions such as mine or my daughter's.
Maybe not for someone who has a permanent condition, but possibly temporary due to weather, stress etc.
Who is this not for?
Normal skin. It wouldn't do any harm obviously, but this isn't the cheapest or prettiest product to use, so if you have normal skin go for something else.
Someone who likes thicker textures. That's me, but I was prepared to try anything to be honest so I got over it.
Would I buy this? Yes I would. My initial thought was this was for the body, but obviously not. This is a great, overall body moisturiser that has helped me control my skin, without being heavy, greasy or thick. Easy to apply, and simple to use.
When my son was about 4 months old he started to get patches of eczema on his cheeks. We used a couple of creams before being prescribed aveeno. Within a day or two the eczema had cleared. Without use each night it would reappear so it became part of his nightly routine, after bath i would apply it to his face and occasionally to his body to keep it nicely moisturised.
At some point his eczema just seemed to stop, around 8 months or so I believe. But we still had a large stock of bottles so I'd occasionally use it as moisturiser on him.
The cream is white and a little does go a long way. When you rub it in it feels a little greasy but once its rubbed fully in and dried that feeling goes. I rubbed a little bit on my hand now and just in 5 mins my skin feels that little bit softer!
Recently my son had been developing a rash on his chin. He sucks on his blankets for comfort and they do get a bit soggy (especially when hes teething which I think he is at the moment) so I was unsure if it was dribble rash or a reaction to the detergent we'd been using. The detergent was the same we used on his clothes and hadnt caused a rash on his body so I wasnt convinced but a few days ago Ive started keeping a different (more expensive and baby friendly) detergent and conditioner especially for his blankets to see if it will make a difference.
I do occasionally use sudocrem and vaseline over the rash which clears it up well but this isnt ideal for daytime use so in the daytime if its looking noticeable ill rub some aveeno on. Both seem to be clearing it fine although at the moment its still reoccuring a few hours on.
Aveeno doesnt have a particular scent to it and is kind on the skin. Its made by the Johnson&Johnson brand. You can get it in a squeezy tube or with a dispenser. I prefer the dispenser bottle myself for ease.
If you have eczema or dry skin and are having trouble finding a product to help I'd definitly reccomend this. Its a little pricey at £12.69 (in Boots) for a 500ml bottle so if it is eczema causing the problem it may be possible to get it prescribed! Despite it being expensive it DOES work quickly and effectivly.
Hello fellow peoples!
I have long been a sufferer of dry skin, which is an unfortunate side effect of my many allergies. For a good number of years I searched in vain for a product that would relieve me of my pains, and having experiences skin-thinning hydrocortisones and ineffective emollients I was left for many years with cracked, bleeding skin on my arms and face. It was so bad my skin stretched tight, and one lady even asked me if I'd been in a fire accident- not my best times I have to say.
::::Price and discovery:::::
It was on a whim that I decided to purchase Aveeno lotion. I had read a few good reviews on the internet, and this coincided with my mother reading that Amanda Holden used it in one of her ladies magazines. I was unemployed at the time, suffering a great dip in confidence from my outward appearance, so I managed to get the lotion free on prescription from my GP. I believe the lotion can be purchased for around £10 for a 400ml bottle from cosmetics stores as well- a price I would have been more than happy to pay and you will understand when I tell you about the results.
Within 2 days of applying the cream, I began to notice a difference. The dead, dry skin began to flake off and the redness reduced dramatically. Now I was applying the cream liberally, from 3-4 times a day in order keep my skin hydrated. This is not in any way an unpleasant experience, as the cream is cold and soothing when it is applied and has a light, pleasant smell of milky porridge. Over the course of two weeks, my dry skin had reduced to a level that was only noticeable to me.
To this day, I still apply Aveeno as often as needed (usually about twice a day) and have had very few problems with my eczema. I would recommend this product to anybody who suffers from dry skin, even if they've tried all the strong medical hydrocortisones as this may just be the one thing that works for you!
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I have suffered with eczema on and off since I was a child although I only get the occasional outbreak now, generally when I have been using a lot of cleaning products. The last time I went to the doctors after my eczema flared up on my hands I saw a locum GP as mine was on holiday. The GP prescribed me with a tube of steroid cream and also suggested Aveeno cream and said that if I found it to work that I should use it permanently to prevent my skin from dying out and flaring up the eczema. Personally I had never heard of this cream before but since I started to use it a couple of years ago it seems to have become much more popular and the range has expanded.
My doctor now gives me a prescription for this cream but you can purchase it from most pharmacies and some large supermarkets. Boots seem to carry the largest range and a 300ml tube is currently on offer with a third off the price at £8.39. As you can see it is not the cheapest moisturising cream on the market so if you do suffer from skin problems it is worth speaking to your GP to see if they will put it on prescription for you.
My GP told me that the Aveeno cream contains Colloidal Oatmeal which not only moisturises but helps to retain the skins natural oils to prevent it from drying out.
The cream comes in tube which is beige in colour with green writing and has a picture of oatmeal on the front. The tube has a flip top cap which the tube stands on and when open allows you to easily dispense the cream into your hand.
The cream itself is a light beige colour and has a slightly transparent look to it. It has a very light, natural and slightly baby powder scent. It is not the nicest smelling moisturiser that I have ever used but obviously perfume is not added in case this reacts with the skin. The cream absorbs very easily and leaves my skin leaving lovely, soft and smooth. One thing that I love about this cream is that it does not feel greasy at all but I do find that you need to use quite a lot as with it not being greasy it does not seem to spread as far.
Since using this cream I have noticed a huge difference in my skin, I mostly use this cream on my hands as this is where I am most prone to eczema mainly due to the use of cleaning products. Obviously anyone that has eczema or a skin condition will know that using steroid creams is no good for you over long periods of time as they thin the skin. But since using this Aveeno cream I have not had to use my steroid cream at all, obviously my eczema when it flares up is still very mild but I think this cream is well worth the money even if it helps a little and prevents such heavy use of steroid creams.
Overall I would certainly recommend anyone suffering with dry skin or eczema to try the Aveeno moisturising cream to me it is just fantastic and is a product that I will certainly continue to use!
When my eldest daughter was younger she suffered from eczema and we were prescribed this cream to see if it could make any difference for her, I recently have been suffering with contact dermatitus and have been using a little of this cream to help ease the cracking.
The cream comes in a cream coloured cardboard box and has the title and extra little bits written on it in dark green and browns, the box gives the impression that this is going to be a natural product. On the box it states that this has natural colloidal oatmeal and is also suitable for people who may be prone to exzema. "Aveeno cream is formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal to actively moisturise dry and sensitive skin. Regular use helps prevent dryness and irritation caused by skin dehydration."
I have found the following information on the Aveeno website,
Ingredients derived from nature and activated by science to provide real skincare benefits.
Moisturises: Oat proteins leave a protective barrier on the skin, which is important for people suffering from dry skin, as a protective barrier will prevent water loss in the skin and help maintain moisture.
Cleanses: Colloidal Oatmeal will adhere to dirt and oil on the skins surface, which can then be gently rinsed away, helping to cleanse and relieve dry skin.
Soothes: Avenanthramides contained naturally in naturally active oats have a powerful soothing and anti-irritant action.
Insider the cardboard box you find a plastic tube which contains the product, the tube is the same as the box in colours and look. The tube has a white flip top flip which is good as once you have dispensed the cream it is not too difficult to shut the tube again. On opening the flip top lid you find a smallish hole inside for the cream to be dispensed from and absolutely no smell at all, i don't like that there is no smell I cannot explain why but I just prefer a product to smell of something. The cream is white in colour and comes out of the tube easily but due to the small hole you are not likely to squeeze too much product out at a time, even once the product is in your hand it has no smell at all. The cream covers the skin quite easily but doesn't absorb wonderfully, it doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy but wet although this feeling does go after a minute or so.
We are constantly trying out new body lotions and moisturisers as my husband suffers terribly with the symptoms of his psoriasis. He has tried too many creams to count but none seem to work very effectively and he is still left with big patches of red, scaly skin that itches terribly and it's a massive effort for him not to scratch it and make it even worse. His discomfort isn't pleasant to witness so every time I see a new possibility cream-wise I always think it's worth a try, as neither of us really want him to have to go down the medication route.
In Tesco's I saw the Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion and, with its claims to moisturise dry skin for 24 hours I thought it was worth a shot. Obviously, I realise that his skin condition is much more serious than "dry skin" but I live in hope that one day something we try will turn out to be that miracle product that works for him! From memory it was around £4.50 for the 200ml tube, which I thought was quite good value.
The tube itself stands about 7 inches tall and stands on the flip top lid (which for me was reason enough to buy it...I ALWAYS prefer things like this to use flip top lids rather than screw top, which can get very messy when trying to refasten them with your hands coated in moisturiser!) and the packaging is very neutral, a beige coloured tube with khaki green and brown lettering - although, to be honest, for every day products like this the packaging isn't really an issue for me.
The cream itself, although quite a thick cream, is still quite light so a little really does go a long way. It doesn't take much rubbing to get it fully absorbed into your skin and I can immediately feel the difference after I apply it. It definitely makes my skin feel softer and smoother. Although it's described as a daily moisturiser, I personally prefer lighter creams/sprays for daily use and so just use this on really dry areas such as my ankles and elbows, but it really does work well in moisturising and softening these problem areas.
According to the packaging, this cream is fragrance free, but obviously nothing can be totally fragrance free and this is no different. But it is in no way an unpleasant scent. I quite like it really, it just smells sort of creamy, if you know what I mean...not creamy in a dairy product sense, but creamy in a moisturiser sense...light and fresh and very very subtle.
As for my husbands psoriasis, unfortunately it doesn't work for him. Whilst it soothes his skin for a few minutes after application (apparently naturally active oats "have a powerful soothing and anti-irritant action" - who knew?!), it doesn't lessen the dryness, redness or flakiness of it, so we're still on the hunt for that elusive solution!
So, whilst this cream doesn't do what I initially hoped it would (and which it in no way claims to do, I was just wishful thinking!), it is definitely worth having and I do use it on a daily basis but only on the very driest areas of my skin. For me personally, it would be too heavy to use as an all over body lotion every day. And, as I only use a small amount at a time, it has so far lasted about 6 months, so it has been excellent value for money and I would definitely buy it again.
This cream really helps soothe and repair my excema prone, itchy skin.
It's rich and creamy consistency means it moisturises my skin for hours, on the other hand it does mean I have to wait a couple of minutes before dressing if I've just put this on!
I believe it is as good as its competitor E45 lotion and has the benefit of being less greasy. It can be fairly pricey, but definitely worth it, especially if its on special offer!
The smell is also nice, not overpowering, just a light scent of oatmeal!
I use this on my face as well which works amazingly in winter when my face becomes very dry and patchy. If I skip the Aveeno cream for a couple of days I can totally tell that my face is a bit dry. On the downside I think its too rich for summer when my face is less dry and I think can make me a bit shiny and spotty. So if you're face behaves itself in summer then may be best to get a lighter moisturiser for summer and this for winter.
Aveeno is a well known brand and is great for retaining moisture, which is usually a problem for dry skin. For those of you who are not sure about Aveeno's products, they are made by Johnson and Johnson which is a highly reputable company. Therefore those who are user's of the Johnson and Johnson's should definitely try out Aveeno Cream. Aveeno uses naturally active ingredients which are carefully selected to help care for your skin.
The product from the Aveeno range I will be reviewing is the Aveeno Cream with natural colloidal oatmeal
The Aveeno cream contains natural colloidal oatmeal which have a history, dating back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, to help heal skin. This is purely due to the fact that the oatmeal has a soothing effect on the skin (especially dry skin), where it cleanses and moisturizes effectively. This ultimately allows for the skin to create a barrier over the skin to prevent water loss and thus help retain moisture.
Shea butter is renowned for its moisturize abilities to help protect the skin from the drying effect of heat and harsh wind. Aveeno has combined the two moisturizing ingredients (Oatmeal and Shea Butter) to come up with an ultimate solution for dry, irritated skin to heal, soothe, hydrate and keep the skin well protected.
This cream also helps protect sensitive skin prone to Eczema, keeps it well hydrated to avoid any added irritation.
How to use
Apply to skin regularly to prevent dryness and irritation caused by skin dehydration
As a teenager, suffering from acne, I had gone to the doctor's to help find a solution for my acne. I have oily skin and so was prescribed some harsh Topical gels to apply which really dried and irritated my skin. I was advised by my pharmacist to use a moisturizer which will help hydrate my skin well without irritating it. I was then shown to Aveeno Cream. The box seemed to stand out and looked very natural. I was convinced that Natural Ingredients have been used (I always try and use products that contain natural active ingredients as opposed to harsh ingredients and chemicals). The box also stated clearly " With naturally active ingredients." It was priced at a very high price, considering it was a moisturizer, at £6.50 for 100ml. I decide to buy the product anyway as I thought it should be helpful to my skin for it to be priced so high.
I used the product the next morning and realized unlike other moisturizers, I had previously used, this one definitely did help retain moisture. Throughout the day my face was shining, although this was not a good idea as i already have oily skin. Although it was clearly very moisturizing, it was not able to balance the moisture and left my face shining quite alot. I also noticed that the side I had a bit of eczema was nicely cared for, by this moisturizer, in which it was not irritating and instead, was keeping it protected. After using it for about a month, I found my eczema had disappeared! My skin was never dry, and what's really great is the fact that there was no irritation! I would however like to add, that although it helped moisturize my face very well, and had helped considerably with my eczema, it did however cause many little black and white heads on my forehead. At first I thought it was a coincidence to suddenly have black and whiteheads forming on my forehead, but with consistent use of the product I realized that this cream was in fact causing this. This may be due to the fact that this cream may not be suitable for oily skin even if your oily skin had been dried due to topical acne gels. So those with Oily skin prone to acne DO NOT USE!
I liked this product because it does moisturize well, and a little application goes a long way for even the most driest skin. It smells quite nice and one can feel confident of going out without any dry patches. The 100ml tube lasts for a long time, I used this for about a month when I stopped using it due to the formation of blackheads/whiteheads, and still have more than half of the tube left!
This product disappointed me when I began to realize that I was getting many little black and white heads. I carried on using it for a while, then stopped as I noticed I was breaking out more and more. Therefore, I wasn't quite happy with the cream with regards to its comedogencity (whether or not it blocks pores).
Overall, this product may be best suited for those who have dry skin naturally, as opposed to those who have oily skin. This is purely because, application of this cream on oily face will make your skin shine too much and the natural skin oils will combine with the effects of Aveeno Cream (trying to retain moisture) therefore plugging the pores and causing blackheads/whiteheads. If you are prone to acne then this product is a serious NO! If you are not prone to acne then this is one of the best moisturizers out there and is highly recommended. It can be used anywhere, not only for the face, and does its job of moisturizing efficiently without irritation!
Moisturizing abilities: 5/5
Non-Comedogenic (Will not block pores): NO This product will cause breakouts in my experience
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My baby son, the lovely Brad is unlucky enough to get baby eczema and, particularly in the summer he seemed to really struggle with dry patches all over his body.
I went to see my lovely GP and they prescribed him Aveeno with oatmeal as a first cream to try to sort out his skin.
Where do you get it?
Well I was lucky enough to get it on prescription for free but if you have to pay for it then try Boots or your local chemist. A 300ml bottle is in the region of £8 - 9 pounds. There is an Aveeno baby version which costs £12 - £14 for a 228ml bottle. My doctor says that this is a waste of money as it is really no different to the adult one - just an excuse to double the price because of the word "baby" in the title.
As I am using it on my son as an moisturising cream I have to coat him three times a day in the stuff until he is (and I quote the doctor) "greasy".
I must admit that I quickly learned to warm it in my hands before putting it on him!
Well it is a natural , gentle cream with no nasty fragrances or preservatives and prides itself on using the natural moisturising power of oats. Interestingly enough before going to the doctors I was told to bath Brad with porridge oats in the water, as it would help so I guess that oats must have a magical moisturising powers. Apparently taking oat baths was also something that the ancients Greeks and Romans did, so we are taking advice from very advanced civilisations!
IT also has shea butter, which is used in many moisturising creams.
Fragrance - there is none added. I cant actually smell the cream at all when I put it on my son,
Consistency - this is a brilliant cream - it is really easliy absorbed and I have to use loads to make my son "greasy". Occasionally when I run out of my moisturisor I use this and I only need a tiny bit to make my skin really nice.
Does it work to cure eczema ?
In part it really did. With continued use the dry patches on my son's tummy and legs and arms have healed up. I have now dropped the cream usage to twice daily and he has lovely soft skin.
Unfortunately there are a few stubborn bits of eczema which required a stronger, steriod cream - but these are limited to around his neck (where, of course it gets wet with dribble!) But overall I think that this is a fantastic product. It is lovely on my skin and on my babies making them both really smooth.
It has a good consistency and is not overly greasy. It doesnt have an offensive smell and is very easily rubbed in.
Definitely recommended from me!
Aveeno Moisturising Cream
I received a small 10ml sample of this product and I have not tried any of this companies products before, and I saw that it is made with natural active ingredients which is good as I don't like to use a lot of products that have chemicals/man made compounds in them.
I have tried this on and off for about two weeks and the first thing about this small 10ml sample is that you really really don't need to use a lot, a very small amount goes a long way and it lasts ages.
I have slightly dry skin and I thought that this would be great but for me any way it was not. I like the fact that it is made out of natural ingredients and that it is made from a good high quality brand but it just was not that good to be honest.
It says that it is fragrance free, but it does have a scent to it, it smells really quite waxy which I really don't like. But once the lotion has absorbed the scent is not as strong and you can hardly smell it. But I don't like using it just for the smell.
It goes on really nicely and smoothly and it says that it absorbs quickly, I didn't find that it did that. It does absorb relatively quickly but not like other moisturisers I have used (such as the jergens naturals). But once absorbed it leaves my skin smooth and surprisingly really really soft. And it gets rid of my dry skin.
I got a sample of this but you can probably buy it from a large supermarket or you can buy it from boots for just under £7 for 100ml, which is a little bit on the expensive side as it is, in my opinion, not the best on the market. There are much better ones you can buy, that are cheaper and smell nicer.
*Made with some natural ingredients
*Leaves my skin smooth and soft
*Good on my dry skin
*Moisturises my skin well
*Smells really waxy
*Did not keep my slightly dry skin moisturised all day
*Horrible waxy scent says on until it is all absorbed - and it take longer than other moisturisers I have used to absorb
*Not that cheap
Thank you for reading my review
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In my corner of Spain, there's a word - guiri - for the archetypal foreigner, as well as a very clear image of this curious beast. It's basically me ... blue eyes, blonde hair, red face ... though I am regularly at pains to point out that I do not wear, and have never worn socks and sandals. In my defence, the red face isn't from lazing around in the sun all day - unfortunately, my skin's so ridiculously sensitive, pretty much everything upsets it. It doesn't like heat, and it doesn't like cold. It objects to being shaved and it hates not being shaved. It can't stand anything with the faintest hint of a fragrance, sandy beaches, long grass, too much chocolate or jokes of questionable taste. It's a right awkward little sod.
As such, I've got a local branch of Boots operating out of my sock cupboard, heavily-stocked with creams, ointments, potions, lotions, salves, balms and unguents of varying odour and viscosity. My favourite looks like a baby's upset stomach and smells much the same - it's not this one, I should stress.
This is much more pleasant; a mild, soothing cream built around naturally active colloidal oatmeal, which is supposed to do wonders for all manner of disgruntled skin conditions, especially eczema. It's designed to hydrate dry skin and prevent moisture loss whilst soothing irritated surfaces.
Does it do any of these things?
By and large, yes. This isn't a miracle cream, and to its credit makes no such claims - it helps my angry face, and certainly pushes it towards some sort of normality of complexion, but it doesn't have any immediate transformative powers, and seems to do better at maintaining happy skin than healing damaged surfaces. That's not to say it doesn't have any merit in this department, but it's a pretty mild substance.
Initially, I was put off by Aveeno; my skin tingled and fizzed in objection on first application, although as mentioned above, that's nothing new. Coming back to it, though, I was pleasantly surprised to find the protests had died down, and the benefits quickly became apparent. It's pushed as fragrance-free, as many creams aimed at soothing dry and sensitive skin are, and this is essentially the case - there's a hint of a smell to the light (in texture and colour) lotion, but it's nothing too noticeable, and if at all apparent, is pleasant. A pea-sized blob (since that seems to be the de rigueur unit of measurement) covers a moderate area - the forehead, say - and the 300ml tube's a pretty long-lasting fellow; I get about six-eight weeks out of mine with regular (daily) usage.
The cream's cool to the touch, even when stored in a warm environment, and has a slightly oily consistency - it's considerably thinner than the eternal dry-skin-favourite Aqueous Cream - and this is a positive. Whereas the latter hangs around on your face for a while before sinking in, and hence needs application well in advance of going out (unless you really want to promote a stay-safe-in-the-sun message), Aveeno fades straight in with minimum fuss and leaves only a slight sheen to the skin behind. It handles dry skin really well, and lives up to its promises of lasting hydration; redness and soreness are less easily zapped, but it helps.
There are no real drawbacks to Aveeno - only that it isn't the instant cure-all I'd like to believe exists, but realise probably doesn't. It does a good job of keeping my troublesome skin in check (along with a host of other products, including other members of the Aveeno family), and I'll happily keep buying the cream (£6-7 in chemists), at least until, and quite possibly beyond the day my face decides to behave itself.
When I am stressed or run down I get very nasty flare ups of eczema on my hands between my fingers. The area becomes very inflammed and extremely itchy and my skin becomes broken and weepy. During a recent flare up a friend bought me a tube of this cream. I had never heard of this cream but gave it a go as nothing else was working and I had been advised not to use any more hydrocortisone as my skin had thinned too much.
Within minutes of rubbing the cream in my itching had decreased and I no longer wanted to furiously scratch my fingers. The cream sank in really quickly and as I didn't need to scratch my hands began to heal and were looking so much better by that evening. I carried on using it regulary for 3 days and my hands cleared up. A real positive is that my skin looks much healthier too. With hydrocortisone my skin took longer to heal and looks thin and weak. My finger prints and lines on my hand would not form properly - now my hands are back to normal.
I apply this cream now when I start to get the redness and itchiness of the first signs of a flare up and this usually prevents the full eczema coming on. I really find that this cream works for me and would recommend that you try it if you suffer from occassional stress related eczema like me.
I recently was given a tube of this lotion to try and as i quite often have dry patches particularly on my arms and legs as well as on my knees and elbows I thought I would give it a go. Now I normally use Johnsons 24 Hour extra rich body lotion which I love so the Aveeno would need to be pretty darn good to beat that.
The lotion is white in colour and is easy to apply as it absorbs into your skin fairly quickly although it does leave a residue hanging around after I found that this is a bit sticky on my skin and not particularly nice! On the tube it says it is fragrance free but I still get a smell from it and I have to admit I am not loving it. The oatmeal is supposed to leave a protective barrier on your skin to prevent water loss and help maintain moisture in the skin maybe that is the sticky residue that is left behind, although I am not so sure!
The Aveeno lotion did help my dry patches and problem areas but no better than my normal body lotion, so i think I will be sticking to my Johnsons. My skin is dry and doesn't have any medical issues like eczema and I have heard that it does help this as a couple of my friends recommend this product for mild eczema.
You can purchase it in Boots and it is available in a 100ml and 300ml size tube for about the £6 mark for a 100ml size (although the price does seem to vary between outlets.
The product I am going to review was initially recommended to me by my doctors after trying several different options for my dry skin and eczema problem. Aveeno products are available in shops and from their online store; however as it seen as a core product for many eczema sufferers it is also available on prescription. Obviously if you get free prescriptions it is worth finding out if your doctor will prescribe this for you.
Aveeno Moisturising Cream claims to 'actively moisturise dry and sensitive skin and help to retain natural moisturising oils'.
The cream comes in a pretty standard beige coloured tube, it stands on its lid (so you don't have to shake the bottle until your hand is about to fall off when it comes to the last few bits!). The lid is a standard flip lid with a small opening for the cream to come out of, with a bit of force the lid can also be completely removed if need be.
The text across the front of the tube tells you exactly what the product is, this is also written in various languages including Polish, Greek, Spanish and French - this is obviously so they don't have to produce different packaging for different countries!
The tube I have of this product is 100ml, but judging by the Aveeno website it is available in different sizes. The bottle is also completely recyclable.
Upon first using this product I was slightly skeptical as I had so far been led to believe by various doctors that no natural product would help my skin and what I needed was steroid creams.
The cream is white in colour and can be described as thick, but with a smooth consistency. When I applied the cream to my skin the first thing I noticed was the smell, I can only describe it as highly unpleasant. The smell of the cream is the oats (which is the main ingredient), it is quite a strong smell as well and in my opinion is something that is very noticeable. However on the plus side the smell has not been covered with any artificial fragrances that could be harmful to already delicate skin.
In my experience with products with eczema in mind it either goes one of two ways. It either really stings and immediately has to be removed from the skin, or it immediately soothes and calms the skin. However neither of these happened when I initially applied the Aveeno cream. There was no real feeling, which immediately led me to think that it wouldn't help with my skin condition at all.
After five minutes of the cream being on I noticed that my skin looked very red and sore, however it did not feel itchy or uncomfortable. At this point I was tempted to remove the cream as I didn't want my skin to get any worse, however my mother reminded me of how beneficial using oats in my bath as a child had been to my skin.
I then checked again after about fifteen minutes and to my amazement the redness had calmed down and my skin colour appeared to be a more natural colour. The cream was now fully absorbed into my skin, the dryness was still evident, however I wasn't expecting miracles and therefore didn't expect the dryness to disappear after just one application.
In the hours after the application my skin felt a lot softer than it had previously and felt more hydrated. I continued to use this product on a daily basis and within a matter of days my skin condition had dramatically improved.
The only thing I would suggest is that due to the smell of the product I tend to apply it in the evening before I go to bed, as I don't really want to smell of oats all day. It does absorb quite slowly but I do tend to put a thick layer on so that it can carry on working throughout the night.
Although I don't use this product continuously, it is a regular moisturiser when my skin is feeling dry and sore. I would definitely recommend that everyone suffering from extreme dry skin give this product a chance!
When I initially tried this I got free prescriptions and therefore didn't have to pay for it. In the months leading up to the date my prescriptions would no longer be free my doctor even suggested I stock up to save myself some money.
Prices for it though can vary from £5.99 to £7.99 depending on where you get it from.
For me this is not an everyday moisturiser, but it is an essential when my skin is feeling delicate.
Thank you for reading, this review will also appear on ciao under the same username.