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When I was growing up, we never used brand-named medical products, for some reason. We always used Superdrug's own antiseptic cream. Savlon was a relatively new purchase for my household, though it may be a staple in many other people's.
Savlon is an antiseptic cream that you apply to a cut, graze, insect bite, or boil to disinfect the area and aid healing. It can also be used for nappy rash and sunburn and minor burns. It's white in colour, smells a little medical, and when applied to a wound usually does not sting.
The wound should be washed before applying the cream. Hands should also be washed, as Savlon is usually applied by the finger, but I guess can also be applied by cotton bud or cotton wool.
Ingredients (from boots.co.uk):
Also contains: Cetostearyl Alcolhol, Liquid Paraffin, Methylhydroxybenzoate, Propylhydroxybenzoate, Perfume, Purified Water.
The price is £2.18 for a 30g tube from Boots shops or boots.co.uk
Personally, I don't find this any more effective than Superdrug's own brand antiseptic cream. But as I have it in the house, I do use it whenever the need arises. I would balk at the price for using it to treat nappy rash, however.
Savlon antiseptic cream should never be used on the eyes, ears, or inside the body. The Boots website also reminds us that continued use should be discontinued if any irritation occurs. But I've really had no problems with Savlon - I've never had an infection either, so I imagine it's doing the job. If only it were a little better than store-brand products, it might justify the price more.
WHAT IS IT?
Savlon is cream for when you cut or burn yourself, it is antiseptic and stops you getting an infection. It helps to reduce pain also if you apply it and cover the wound.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You rub it into a cut or burn and it can be used on insect bites and stings also. You can pat it on if the pain is too great to rub it in but I think it works best and quicker if you can rub some into your skin.
You can cover the wound with a plaster or a bandage after you have applied Savlon.
WHAT I THINK
I keep Savlon in my first aid kit at home and a tube in my work box also because I think this is very effective when I burn my hands with hair straighteners and I do that quite a lot. I like the way it makes the pain of a fresh burn less but on a cut it stings a little bit when I first apply it.
I do not like the smell because I think it is very strong for a wound cream but it smells like antiseptic and that is good and makes me confident about the cream. I think it is the antiseptic that makes my cut sting also.
I use it for my children and it is hard to buy in Italy so when I was there at home over summer my daughter scraped her knee and I did not have any Savlon and her scrape became infected, at home in England I would apply Savlon as soon as it happened and a graze never has been infected here.
Savlon is in a tube that is 60g and costs about £2. I think that is value because it lasts for a very long time and helps to keep my family healthy.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Having used Savlon for the whole of my 23 year life (for many ailments) I feel qualified to review it's usefulness. As a child, I remember well how much upset a grazed knee would cause. But as soon as Mum smeared on the magical cream that was Savlon, the pain soon disappeared. Not only did it relieve the stinging sensation but it also soothed the red, angry wound.
The fact that a lot is not needed, means that a tube seems to be everlasting.
As I grew into a hormonal teenager, spots became part of my daily life - specifically on my chin. Again, Savlon came to the rescue. I only needed to dab it on each individual spot, or rub it all over my chin if I had a particularly bad break-out, and leave it on over night, to wake up in the morning with a group of much less angry looking spots. It seemed to have the ability to again, not only calm down the redness but also dry the spots out & therefore practically get rid of them overnight, much to my relief.
I still use this cream for the same problem, if I ever happen to get the odd spot, I know that I can rely on Savlon.
Another fantastic use of Savlon, is for sunburn. Having worked on cruise ships for many years & always managing to get caught out by the sun, I have always made sure that I had a tube in my cupboard. One particular memory is severely burning my shins, to the point where I could hardly walk, and being in absolute agony. I smeared Savlon all over the burns & felt immediate relief. The burns obviously lasted a few days, but the cream definitely gave me some relief with its antiseptic ingredients.
Savlon, for me, is a must-have medical cupboard lotion. If ever in doubt of what to put on an ailment, always choose Savlon - I would definitely choose it over its competitors.
Savlon has always been a product in our medical cupboard ever since I was a child. Johnson & Johnson own the brand and according to wiki, "Savlon is an antiseptic brand that was introduced containing the two antiseptics cetrimide and chlorhexidine." It is manufactured by Novartis Consumer Health.
Savlon is a common non-prescription antiseptic cream that treats minor burns, scratches, cuts, bruises, sunburn, blisters, nappy rash, nettle rash, etc.
Recently I was emptying the dishwasher and cut myself rather badly on a knife (luckily, I guess, that it was clean!!) I immediately went to staunch the bleeding and then went to the first aid box under the kitchen sink and applied Savlon. There was no stinging or greasiness to the cream and after applying a plaster I was confident my hand would heal properly. And it did! I have used it countless other times on little accidents.
Savlon is upto £4 a tube on Amazon, but I think it's worth it, and you can find it in supermarkets and of course at the chemist's.
I used savlon way back when my children were young and my daughter still uses it on here children today. It is used to sooth and help keep injuries and some skin disorders clean. It is used for things like mild cuts, grazes, sunburn and my daughter uses it on new tattoos too.
The savlon comes in a blue box with the savlon logo on the front in white letters. The tube inside is also blue with a white screw on lid. I don't think the packaging has changed for a long time so it's easily identified on the shelf.
The cream itself is white in colour. It's not too runny but isn't too thick so you're able to spread it easily. It has a faint smell, like antiseptic, but it isn't overpowering. I think they've made this cream rememering it's going on sore areas of your body as it's very soft and goes on smoothly and almost painlessly. It's not too strong so doesn't sting at all. It's also very cooling, even if it hasn't been refrigriated, I find the cream to sooth and cool stinging skin.
My daughter uses this on new tattoos and swears by it. It soothes the itching and discomfort of a new tattoo whilst aiding the healing process. I know some people prefer bepanthem but I know a few people and tattooists that recommed savlon for new tattoos and piercings.
My main use for savlon is my young grandson who's boistrous and messy and who always manages to scrape, bump or cut something. When he was younger, we called it magic cream because of how it soothes new injuries. Now it gets used on grazes, small cuts and any kinds of blisters I may have from uncomfortable but lovely looking shoes.
I don't really know how well Savlon works. I'm not saying it isn't antiseptic but I've had cuts and grazes without using the cream and haven't got infections anyway. I think this cream is more for peace of mind and initial soothing of a new irritation/injury. I find small injuries heal quickly with the use of savlon but I'm sure they would anyway. Despite this doubt, I still always keep a tube of savlon in my medical box and do recommend it, especially for children who'll graze their knee then go back outside to play. I ued to put a little bit on the inside of a plaster for my daughter.
Savlon can be bought at all supermarkets and chemists and a lot of small convenience shops too. It varies in price, Boots will charge £3.75 for a 100g tube or £2.18 for a smaller 30g one. I've seen them in poundland, the smaller 30g tube for a pound so keep an eye out.
Savlon have brought out a range of other products like healing gel, plasters and spray antiseptics which I think are good, but sometimes you can't beat the good old stuff.
I have been using Savlon since I was little, or rather my parents used it on me back then. I was sure that the mere smell of the cream was enough to make a make a grazed knee feel better. I still trust it as a good soothing and antiseptic cream so I was delighted to see that the 30g tubes were now available in my local Poundworld. This was a larger size than previously sold there - and considering I had just bought the same size pack for my mum for £2.15 in Superdrug, I was obviously pleased!
Savlon is used to cleanse, soothe and prevent infection to "minor skin disorders" and injuries such as insect bites, grazes, sunburns and blisters. It is also supposed to "aid healing". The active ingredients are Cetrimide 0.5% w/w and Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.1% w/w so obviously it is unsuitable for those with allergies to either.
When I was little, Savlon came in a metal tube but now its made of plastic. That makes it easier on the hands when you are trying to extract the last bit at least. It comes in a cardboard outer box too which seems a bit excessive but I suppose it makes it harder for someone to open the sealed tube while it is still in the shop. The screw on lid keeps the contents secure and means the scent doesn't escape. I like it myself but I wouldn't want my whole bag to smell of it. (I carry some in my allotment and camping rucksacks.) It is a distinctive scent, very clean and fresh but not too antiseptic and astringent. I notice the product has parfum amongst the ingredients so maybe that's why it smells more pleasant than many others.
The Savlon is a very light and soft textured cream so it feels as gentle as possible if you put it on sore or cut skin. The reason that I liked my parents using this when I was small is because it very rarely seemed to sting. Of course the action of using it to clean a wound area isn't going to ever be completely painless but Savlon makes it as easy as can be. It always feel cool too, which makes using it on a stung area feel pleasant and the same goes for sunburn. I often got a sunburnt feet when I was young and applying Savlon quickly made it feel better and I didn't seem to suffer skin peeling afterwards. ( I think I used to forget that area when applying sun protection and I was always in flip flops or bare feet!) I use antiseptic skin wipes to clean up around cuts now because they remove the need to carry something else to wipe away the Savlon used as a wound cleaner. They also save the Savlon for what it is especially good at - the soothing and anti-septic actions. So after cleaning the wound I try and add just a tiny bit of the cream - you do need to squeeze the tube gently because you don't need a lot. It can make the skin slippery if you want to apply a plaster over the top so I try and not spread the cream out too much. Most similar products have the same effect to be fair. Otherwise it is relatively mess free as it isn't runny and doesn't stain my skin. I remember one cream that produced yellow/orange marks all around the area - unsurprisingly it doesn't seem to been still around.
Although I have often used Savlon on insect bites and stings I now prefer to use an antihistamine cream instead as it deals with associated itching for longer and any swelling as well. Apart from that, Savlon is my first choice for minor injuries. By the way, if you have an red and angry spot, I recommend using a little Savlon on it overnight as this often seems to calm it down - and does so better than any specialist product I have ever found. I don't suffer many spots these days but I did find this useful when I was a teen. It isn't a miracle cure but often gets the spot to look less red and obvious.
It is hard to know whether using this aids my wounds healing or not. To know that I would have to produce two identical cuts and treat one with Savlon and not the other but my injuries have never been so accommodating! The same goes for the products antiseptic properties - I presume they work and can't say I have ever suffered a wound infection but I also use cleansing wipes or water to clean the cuts which would also help.
Overall, Savlon will always be assured a place in my first aid kit. It is as easy and pleasant to use as a first aid product can be. It feels gentle and smells less medicinal than others. The use by date is quiet long so it is definitely worth keeping to hand on the off chance you will need it. The tube I bought in November is good until August 2015. You can buy it in most chemists and many supermarkets - but keep an eye out in the poundshops too!
I really can't quite believe it but it has only been in the last three or so years of my life that I have discovered this cream. Since becoming a mum I have really found lots of great new products that protect and help heal our family and now my cupboard is not complete without a tube of wonderful Savlon.
The Savlon comes in a blue tube with a white screw top lid that makes me feel trusted and safe. My current tube is 100g which is a great big size and will last months hopefully!
I use this cream mainly for cuts and scrapes to help keep the area from going infected. I have also used it on my feet when I have had an incident where I lost some nail from the side of my toe and the nail bed felt really sore and inflamed. I tend to layer this cream on and then add a plaster on top where possible to keep it clean and let the cream sink in. If my daughter falls over and scrapes her knee, or more recently her knuckles, she likes some of this cream as it makes her feel better (remember 'magic' cream as a kid??!).
For some reason, as a kid, my parents always used Germolene which smells quite strongly so I am relieved to find Savlon, which does the same job but without the smell! The white cream is a nice consistency and gives great peace of mind in preventing infection and helps with minor skin problems.
A tube of Savlon is very reasonably priced at around £2.
I would always pack a tube of this cream for holidays now as there will always be someone who gets into a scrape or wants to treat something with some antiseptic cream. The brand is suitable for all the family and will fix the majority of minor ailments on your skin. It is only for external use and you can also clean wounds with it as its ingredients include antiseptics which kill germs. I like this best out of all the creams on the market and have used it on cuts, scrapes, bites and other minor skin issues and it has always made me feel better once it is in use!
Savlon Anti-septic cream is a product which I have always got hidden away and ready for use, the amount of different things you can use this cream for is great. You can use it for lots of different treatments, such as sunburn, chapped skin, nappy rashes, spots, sores and cuts and grazes, and I am sure there are plenty more things you can use it for.
A wonderful fact about Savlon, is that it can be used on people of all ages, there are no age restrictions when using this product, so I often treat my own children with it. Savlon easily absorbs into the skin, but should always be applied by clean hands, so it is important to wash your hands before using this product. It may sting a little when first applied, depending on the nature of the problem that you are using it for, but the sting will soon mellow down as the cooling effect of this cream will then clean and disinfect any sore, rash or cut you use it on.
I often use this cream on my children, now they are getting bigger, they love to play in the garden, but the garden can be a dangerous place for youngsters, so I often have to get the trusted Savlon out to treat some minor problems. My daughter already knows what she needs when she has a little accident, and will come to me saying, "mummy I need the Savon", no not a spelling mistake this is what she calls it.
Like any other medical product, you should always read the ingredients and instructions which are provided with it, just to make sure your not going to get a allergic reaction to something which it contains. Also, although this can be used on children, should still be kept somewhere out of the reach of youngsters, and should be stored above 25 Degrees Celsius, and should NOT be used after it has expired, so always check the expiry date.
I got this product in a small box, with a leaflet inside, and of course the plastic tube of savlon. which has a screw on lid, it works as toothpaste does, just squeeze the tube and the cream will come out. The savlon tube is blue in colour with the white Savlon sign printed across the front, and the screw on lid is white in colour. I would not be without Savlon, and I make sure I always have some in my medical tin, which is on top of the cupboard out of reach of the children.
I pick my Savlon up whilst doing the weekly shopping from either Tesco or Asda,I get a 30g tube but I do not buy it very often, because one tube lasts me along time, sometimes it can last the year, and for approximately £2.20 that is great value for your money. Savlon a cream which I highly recommend.
When I tell casual acquaintances that I still play cricket I am usually met with a degree of incredulity. Nevertheless it is true.
I am one of a motley bunch that meets up of an evening most weeks in the summer to play another motley bunch in a friendly game of Twenty-Twenty. We hire local grounds, complete the matches as quickly as possible and then repair to the pavilion for food and liquid refreshment. It's a jolly nice way to spend a summer's evening.
On one such occasion recently we were playing on a particularly attractive ground, high on the side of a valley with quite stunning views of the Pennines.
We don't usually attract a crowd; the odd woman and a dog; a girl and a horse; a man and a sheep; that sort of thing. On this occasion, the match was attended by a balmy army (sic) of midges.
I am not cynical by nature, but from the outset I was suspicious of their motives, as midges are not renowned for being cricket enthusiasts. My scepticism was well-founded as it soon became apparent from the yelps and howls emanating from Deep Midwicket, Third Man and especially Long Leg that these midges had turned up for the buffet a little early. Even Extra Cover discovered that his position was ill-named. He had none.
Things That Grow Lumps in the Night
It was two nights later before the effects hit me. I awoke from a dream in which I had replaced Humphrey Bogart in "The African Queen" and Katherine Hepburn was complaining that I kept scratching while she was trying to say her lines.
I was relieved to find that I wasn't in bed with Hepburn, but I WAS scratching! Little lumps had risen over my arms and some other bits. I tried to take my mind off it by fantasising that I was a midge exterminator and that my cricket bat was capable of taking out a thousand midges at one swipe. (Yes, I KNOW, midges have rights too, but....). In the end I had to get up and find something to take away the itching. I found Savlon.
Savlon is an antiseptic cream that can be used to treat all sorts of skin problems from sunburn to nappy rash and from cuts and grazes to minor burns. Mercifully it also works on insect bites.
The active ingredients are Cetrimide and Chlorhexidine Gluconate and it comes as white cream, usually in a tube, although there is also an antiseptic liquid and a spray on antiseptic plaster. A little of the cream can be applied directly to the affected area and gently rubbed in, where appropriate. That's what I did, although I was probably a little enthusiastic with the quantity.
I'm aware that there are a lot of home-made remedies for itching, and I'm sure many of them are excellent, but in the middle of the night I want something already made up, in a handy tube and by the bed. Besides, Savlon is an antiseptic cream first and foremost, so I know that I'm also helping to protect the areas that I've already been scratching.
Having something like Savlon in the house means that you've covered a number of bases, whether it's a bite, a cut, a burn or some other skin ailment. It also smells quite nice, by the way, or at least we could say that its smell is inoffensive.
With insect bites you're not going to clear them up straight away, and that's probably true with many other ailments. This isn't a cure, but it soothes and prevents things getting worse. I had to apply it a number of times over the next couple of days before the lumps and the itching had gone away for good.
My lavish use that night wasn't a real hazard, but this stuff is for external use only, so if you keep it in the bathroom cabinet, don't store it on the same shelf as the toothpaste and make sure it is kept away from the kiddies. "External use" also means not the eyes and ears, by the way. Some people might be allergic to some of the ingredients, such as cetostearyl alcohol and parahydroxybenzoates. Always read the little leaflet.
A 30g tube can be bought for as little as £2.18. Worth having handy.
And The Results?
We won by 29 runs.
I soon found that I was back in bed, back to sleep, and in a totally different dream, in which I was creaming half-volleys to the Long On boundary at the rate of six-an-over. Savlon, I love you
I've been using Savlon antiseptic cream for as long as I can remember. As a kid there was always a tube in the first aid box, and since I was forever falling over I had to have industrial quantities smeared on my poor, bloody knees!
As an adult I still value this standard treatment, and I always make sure I keep a tube in my own first aid drawer.
Savlon cream is widely available in supermarkets, pharmacies and cheapy toiletry stores. It comes in distinctive mid-blue packaging. Inside the cardboard box is the tube of product. When I was a child I'm sure the tubes were made of metal (resulting in cream squirting out cracks in the tube once you started rolling it up to get the dregs out) but now they're produced in squeezable plastic. The lid is a simple screwtop affair.
The cream itself is very thick; thicker than toothpaste. It has a distinctive medicinal smell (as one would expect). It has quite a greasy consistency and is easy to smear onto the skin but can be tricky to rub in, particularly if you have a very tender injury. I tend to dab it onto the affected area and then either cover it with a plaster or leave it exposed to the air.
As I noted in the introduction, I've been using this stuff for decades! While it's good on minor cuts I use it more these days for random minor rashes or burns. I rub it thoroughly into rashes, but only dab it onto burns. I still occasionally use it for cuts but only if I sustained them from a particularly grubby location and I'm not 100% certain I've managed to wash it clean.
I've found that it relieves itchy rashes very quickly and any redness has usually dissipated within a few hours. Treated cuts do seem to heal more quickly than those left untreated.
Savlon antiseptic cream is excellent for minor cuts and scrapes as well as for those random rashes that seem to pop up once in a while. I recommend it for everyone's medicine cupboard/drawer/box/Tardis/whatever
I have got quite severe eczema which flares up now and again and I use this cream whenever I've been itching my skin like a crazy woman because it stops my skin from getting infected.
I have had several really bad skin infections in the past but since using this I've had none! I've been using it for about six months now and I just apply it whenever I need to (eg after scratching my skin or whenever it is really sore) and my tube of it is still quite full so it is amazing value too.
I actually got mine from Poundland of all places, and I obviously only paid a pound for it which for a 40 gram tube is a complete and utter bargain! The fact that it was only a pound is actually why I initially bought it - it was cheap and seemed like it might help with my eczema. I think the retail price is around £2-3 but even at the full price it is still very affordable and I'd be happy to pay the full price if my local Poundland stop stocking it.
Savlon is an antiseptic cream which can be used for nappy rash, chapped skin, sores, scalds, cuts, grazes, insect bites, insect stings and pretty much any skin problem! Bizarrely, the manufacturers claim that this can help with blackheads - no idea how that is meant to work, but needless to say I decided to try it out for this purpose and I saw absolutely no results which didn't particularly surprise me to be honest.
The cream is white with a smooth, light but creamy texture. It has a distinctive smell which is quite medicinal. The smell is neither pleasant or unpleasant in my opinion, and it doesn't linger for too long. As for its effectiveness when used on sore, scratched skin it is brilliant - it doesn't sting or hurt when I apply it even when my skin is really inflamed and scratched and it doesn't take long until my skin feels soothed and calmed and I love that it is an antiseptic too because I always worry about my skin becoming infected after I've scratched it.
I have also recently used the cream on my arm after I scalded it and I do think that it has helped quicken up the healing process. It also helps scratches and bites heal quicker too, however I've not seen any change in how quickly my eczema heals from using it, though as I mentioned before my eczema is pretty severe.
All in all I recommend Savlon. It's affordable, good quality and it works!
Savlon is one of those medicine cupboard or travel medicine kit essentials, which has been an ever present on the first-aid scene since childhood days. In those days it would appear to soothe grazed knees from falling of bikes, but over the years I've reached for it for cuts, burns, insect bites, spots, cat scratches, as well as adult grazed knees caused by less dignified scrapes !!
The tube has hardly changed over all that time - it's a distinctive turquoise blue with the word "Savlon" in large white writing along it's length. All the necessary information is on the tube - when not to use, directions for use, keep out of reach of children and active ingredients. Larger tubes come in a box, coloured the same as the tube, and the plastic of the tube is the same as toothpaste tubes, easy to squeeze to the exact amount that you want to use.
The active ingredients in Savlon are Cetrimide and Chlorhexidine Gluconate. I'm not up on my scientific compounds, but I learn that Cetrimide is there for its disinfecting properties, while Chlorhexidine Gluconate has anti-bacterial properties.
You only need a thin layer of Savlon on any injury, so a tube lasts ages - to the point of needing to keep an eye on the "use by" dates, even though they come with 2 years-plus on them. I have two tubes on the go at the moment because I keep a tiny 15g tube in stock for taking with me on holidays, which is less than 10cm long and takes up no space at all.
The smell of Savlon is - well, Savlon! - it really is that iconic an item to me, it's a medicated smell but it's also one of comfort because you know healing is on its way!
Best of all, it works. It does aid healing, and often more importantly at the time, it does offer instant relief, soothing soreness and calming itching. It's definitely a first-aid kit essential.
*Savlon Antiseptic Cream*
Savlon is a cream that everyone needs in their first aid box. I remember always using it as a child, and now I always have some to hand. Savlon is a antiseptic cream made by Novartis Consumer Health, and it is advertised that it 'Cleanses and helps prevent infection in first aid and minor skin problems'. Savlon has many uses, from treating mild burns, cuts, bruises, nappy rash, spots, blisters to sunburn.
Savlon is available without prescription and is sold in pharmacies and supermarkets. The active ingredients in Savlon cream are Cetrimide 0.5% w/w and Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.1% w/w.
Savlon comes in a blue and white plastic tube, inside a matching blue box. I have seen it in 15,30,40,60 and 100g size tubes. Inside the tube is a thick white cream, which comes out easy when the tube is squeezed. Even when the tube is almost empty, it can easily be folded to get the last bits out.
As I am rather clumsy, my Savlon is used at least once a week, recently on a cut where I sliced through my finger with a scalpel (luckily not too deep). After applying Savlon for a few days it healed, and there is no sign of it now. I have also used it on burns where it cools my skin and stops itching. I have also had a breakout of spots on my shoulder recently, and applying Savlon daily has really helped reduce them.
When using the cream, the skin should be cleaned around the area where the cream is to be applied, and hands should be washed. Then simply squeeze out some cream, and gently rub it into the area. Depending on where the cut is, I either rub the cream in well, or apply a thick layer over the area and leave it to be absorbed.
I have never had any side affects when using Savlon, but as with any medicine, you should read the instruction leaflet and not use it if you are allergic to any ingredients.
5* as Savlon helps with allsorts of skin problems, and is cheap at £1 for the 40g tube in Poundland.
I have just noticed while writing this review that my current tube is a few months out of date! Oops! It obviously should not be used after the use by date, although mine is still working fine, Im not the type to throw something away just because its out of date!
With the weather starting to become more spring/summer like recently, my daughter has been outside more and more, and with lighter clothes and sometimes knee length leggings, any little tumble results in bigger bruises or cuts. Well recently, my little girl had a rather bad tumble and cut her knee - this lead to a rather loud bout of crying which the neighbours could attest to, and she was only calmed when I told her I had some magic cream that would make it better! As well as getting a plaster! Well as you can probably guess the magic cream in question was this Savlon Antiseptic cream, which I have seen in the likes of Poundland, but also in the chemists and supermarkets. I had several tubes in the cupboard even before I had my daughter.
Salvon is described as a 'healing cream' - an antiseptic which can come in different forms including a spray and a liquid, but it is used to prevent infection and aid the natural healing process. On my daughter's cut I used the cream version of this antiseptic, which is white in colour and easily absorbed by the skin. As well as being useful for cuts and grazes, it can also be used on insect bites and stings, chapped skin, blisters or burns including minor sunburn and even on spots. In fact, I remember as a teenager using it on spots especially to try and prevent the spread of them. I have also read that it can be used for nappy rash, and although my daughter has only ever had one bad case of nappy rash, I never thought of trying savlon at the time, so I'm not sure how effective is it in this regard.
When my daughter cut her knee, although the blood wasn't pouring from it by any means, the skin was cut and it did need cleaned up, so after giving it a good clean I applied this 'magic cream', which my daughter readily let me put on. Once the cream had absorbed I put on her plaster, and after it came off a day or so later, I could already see that the cut looked so much better and was well on in the healing process. My daughter could see it herself and thought mummy's magic cream was very good. I liked the fact that once I had applied the cream, I had the peace of mind that there should be no infection getting into the cut, and it would heal by itself, and this was exactly what happened. Just yesterday she fell again but thankfully just grazed her other knee this time, but she still wanted mummy's magic cream which I applied.
All in all, this is a product that you can be confident is effective - wounds heal quickly and are prevented from infection which is exactly what it claims to do, so this really should be a product that is in everyone's medicine cupboard - young or old!
Savlon is a product that I was familiar with from my childhood and since leaving home I have always had a tube of this antiseptic cream in the house.
Savlon sell this product as an antiseptic liquid and cream. I have always used the cream as I think it is more practical. The tube comes in a box with the mostly the same information printed on both, the exception being that the box provides you with a list uses for the cream. The active ingredients are clearly stated being Cetrimide and Chlorhexidine and a warning not to use the product if you are allergic to these or any of the other ingredients.
The tube is of high quality and it is easy to control how much you squeeze out so you don't end up wasting it by accidentally over dispensing. The expiry date is printed on the end of the tube as well as the box so you still have this piece of information if you throw the box away. I bought my tube last year and the expiry date is June 2014 so it lasts for a long time.
Using the cream
This cream has many uses covering first aid and skin problems. I use it for the following
During the winter months on occasion my skin will get so dry that this turns to chapping. I always use Savlon when this happens and it really helps with the healing process. If I put it on at bedtime there is noticeable improvement by the morning.
I frequently walk into things and this often results in small cuts or grazing of my skin, nothing too bad but I always smooth a small amount of Savlon on them to help stop any infection to the area. I also use it if I nick myself with the razor when shaving.
This cream gets frequent use on any spots I get, again it works really well and the area looks much better in the morning when it's been applied at bedtime.
This cream is soothing to use and doesn't sting at all. It absorbs quickly and isn't greasy which I really like.
Price and availability
I bought my 30g tube in Tesco where it currently (May 2013) costs £2.10, it is on offer at Sainsbury's for £1.57 which is a really good price for this versatile healing cream.
Would I recommend?
Yes, I wouldn't be without my tube of Savlon. I also have a travel sized tube and it is great for taking away on holiday as it can also be used on insect bites/stings and sunburn.
Aimed for use to cleanse and help prevent infection of cuts, grazes, bites, stings, minor burns and scalds, spots, minor sunburn and chapped skin