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Helps that itch
Member Name: xmum2threex
Advantages: Works well
Disadvantages: None for us
There are a range of things the calamine lotion is useful for including s sunburn, eczema, rashes, poison ivy, chickenpox, and insect bites and stings but to be honest the main 2 reason I have used this lotion is for sunburn and when my children had chicken pox.
The product comes in a glass bottle with a screw top lid which is easy to remove it is pink in appearance and does have a strong chemical/ medical smell to it that all though is really strong is not over bearing once the product is on your skin. It washes off the skin easily and also we got it all over our sofa and the children's clothes while applying it as they are so young and fidget through the whole application but it washed off very easily.
How does it work and how to use it
As it is a liquid it does pour out rather fast and you do need to be careful you do not spill it everywhere but if you are using a cotton bud it helps plug the bottle while absorbing the lotion so this is rather easy to prevent.
Well after applying the lotion it evaporates and while doing this is creating a cooling sensation which helps relieve the itching and cools the area. To use simply shake the bottle well and then I get a cotton wool bud and tip the bottle up until the lotion has covered the cotton bud. Then simply wipe it over the area you wish to treat and it will begin to work straight away. On the skin it leaves a white mark so you can easily see where you have applied the lotion and where else it needs to be added.
You can re apply the lotion as much as you think is needed and I tend to find once the colour on the skin has faded away it is beneficial to re add the lotion as it begins the soothing cycle again. The lotion dries rather fast once applied to your skin which is great as it means no hanging around which is fantastic when it is being used on young children as even when they had chicken pox they did not want to sit in one place for long.
When applied to chicken pox both my children and I give it huge thumbs up it is horrible seeing your children in pain and not being able to help them but as soon as I applied this lotion to their spots it was really effective and they were back to their usual selves jumping and playing around. It lasted a good few hours before the children were complaining of itching again and you could see the chalk like effect it leaves on the skin was no longer visible so I just re applied and that was them set for another few hours.
For sun burn it really works well too when I had a bit too much sun rather than paying out for pricey after sun lotion I pulled the remainder of this from the cupboard and as soon as the product touched the burnt area it immediately felt so much cooler, no more itching and I was actually able to get on with my daily things and forget about the pain. I found the effects lasted longer on my skin but I think that may be because my children are more active and it was my shoulders that I applied the lotion too so they were not rubbing on clothes constantly.
The lotion does not dry out your skin and actually leaves it feeling rather soft and healthy I was a little worried the constant application of a liquid for it then to evaporate may have a negative on my skin and leave it feeling dry.
A 200ml bottle only costs around a £1 and really does last well I managed to only use a bottle and a half of this on 3 children that had chicken pox and that was with me re applying over and over again at regular intervals to make sure it helped sooth them and they did not scratch.
Over all this is fantastic for relieving itching and irritation to the skin it is a must have in any family home and really can be used for so many things it was a great help to us when my children had chicken pox and a classic relief as I remember it from when I was younger.
It is in expensive and has a long shelf life so is great for storing until you need to use it. Although we purchased our bottle from boots it is widely available in most chemists and super markets and does not cost the earth.
Summary: A great way to soothe skin
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