“ Brand: Boots / Type: Body Lotion/Moisturiser / Texture: Cream / What it does: Protects „
My son recently went on a trip to the park with his dad and they decided to go down towards the stream to look at the fish. My son was bitten by something when he was down there and came up with a few itchy raised spots on his arm. I called into boots and was advised to try their calamine and glycerin cream which costs £1.59 for 35g. Obviously the product can only be bought from Boots or their website as it is one of their own brand products.
The product I bought comes in a small white and pink box. It tells us that the cream soothes discomfort from sunburn, windburn and dry or tender skin. There is no mention of the cream helping ease itching but I was always of the understanding that calamine helped with it as it is always the first product recommended when a child gets chicken pox.
Inside the box there is a small pink and white tube which tells us the same sort of things as the box. The tube has a small white lid which you can twist off. When you take the lid off for the first time you should pierce the top of the tube using the spike enclosed in the lid. This will then ensure you can get the cream out of the tube when you squeeze it.
The cream is a thick pink cream which has quite a medicated smell to it and I have to say it reminds me of when I had chicken pox and was constantly being dabbed by a cotton wool ball soaked with calamine lotion. The cream is easily rubbed into the skin and you only need a little bit on each application so a tube is likely to last a good amount of time.
This cream really seemed to help with the uncomfortable feeling that the bites had left my son's skin with. He was happy to let me put the cream on his skin and he said it stopped the spots feeling so itchy. Personally I like the fact that this calamine is in a cream form as I always found that calamine lotion is quite drying when it sets on your skin where as this cream seems to be soothing but also keeps your skin soft.
Personally I put a little bit of this cream on my finger tip when I burnt it on the oven but it had no effect and my finger was still stinging a lot so I washed it off. The cream doesn't claim to be for minor burns though but I thought it was worth a try.
As with any medicines you should keep this product out of the way of children. Should you notice any side effects such as skin rashes or irritation you should stop using the product and see a doctor.
In summary I would certainly recommend this product and I would continue to use it should my son experience any more bites. It soothed and helped his itchy skin and that is all I was looking for when I bought this product.
Thank you for reading my review.
Calamine and Glycerine cream
For some reason, my hands were incredibly dry, and in a burst of trying to do something positive, I bought some of this cream. It was rather double edged, because given that the chances of continued use were almost nil, then it would be handy for other things.
~~Product and Packaging~~
The cream comes in a box, which, when opened, reveals a 35g tube with the usual screw on/off top.
I unscrew the top and pierce the top to make a small hole for the cream to get out. When I squeeze the tube, I find a pale pink thick cream with a strong smell of calamine. In fact, it really does remind me of the bottles of calamine lotion; this could be calamine lotion in cream form without the glycerine; I do believe though, that glycerine has no smell, so it comes as no real surprise that the calamine is the over powering smell.
The cream itself is thick and when applied to the skin feels not like a moisturising cream but rather dryer than that.
~~When to use the cream~~
The product is for use to treat any discomfort caused by sunburn and windburn. It also suggests that it is used on dry hands, and skin which is dry and chapped. Having used calamine lotion for many skin disorders including chicken pox, I do have instant faith in the fact that this product will be good for the suggested purposes.
~~How do I use it?~~
I do like these simple products.
Simply squeeze out some of the cream and apply a thin layer to the affected area.
~~Price and availability~~
The cream is available from Boots stores and online at www.boots.com.
Its sells at a reasonable £1.49 for 35g, so for the type of product it is, and its many uses, this is quite good value.
~~What I think of the cream~~
The cream is very reasonably priced and comes in a small tube which is easy to carry around.
I find that when I put it onto my skin (hands so far) it does take quite a lot of rubbing in until it is completely absorbed, but a little goes a long way, so with use, I have learnt that its best to apply a very small amount and then it rubs in quite easily. Once absorbed, it is definitely non greasy, so although my hands feel smoother, its not an illusion caused by the fact that they are greasy, but an actuality.
Because a very little goes a long way, it does last a long time, although the fact that the tube is so small would actually deter me from using it all over the body for something such as sunburn- I would go back to the calamine lotion for that.
The smell of calamine is strong although it doesnt tend to linger for too long. However, because its so distinctive, for anyone who doesnt like the smell, its not a good choice, and I wouldnt use it just before an important date or interview!
Back to my hands- they are certainly softer, smoother and not at all dry. I found that because they were dry, the elements were making them chapped, but this has now all gone, and my hands are back to normal.
For a soothing, reasonably priced cream with a range of uses, I would recommend this, but only if you like the smell of calamine.
Thanks for reading.
A protective cream for soothing away discomfort from sunburn, windburn, chapped and tender skin / Also for soothing rough, dry hands and relieving skin irritation /